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Landmark Medicare law had little impact on reducing chemotherapy cost

Legislation passed in 2003 intended to slow the spiraling costs of drugs paid for by the federal government to treat Medicare patients has not proved to be a success.

Follow-up colonoscopies too frequent and overused by endoscopists

A retrospective study has uncovered an overuse of colonoscopies for colorectal cancer screening and surveillance.

Current therapy for hypothyroidism endorsed by new guidelines

A recent review has found insufficient consistent data exist to recommend a change in use of levothyroxine as the only drug needed to treat hypothyroidism.

Breast cancer is more accurately diagnosed after PET/CT imaging in younger patients

A change in diagnosis resulted from PET/CT imaging of patients who were younger than 40 years with an initial diagnosis of stage I-III breast cancer, according to a retrospective analysis.

Gigapixel camera provides resolution and whole-body imaging for taking a "skin cancer selfie"

A gigapixel camera that takes high-resolution snapshots of the entire body could prove to be a new tool for whole-body skin cancer screening.

Targeting a unique receptor promising for glioblastoma multiforme

Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is one of the most lethal primary brain tumors, but new therapeutic strategies are being investigated.

Screening for Lynch syndrome improves health outcomes at an acceptable cost

Screening families of patients with colorectal cancer for a genetic condition would reduce their risk of developing related cancers, new research has determined.

Outcomes in nonsquamous lung cancer comparable with docetaxel or pemetrexed

The first direct comparison of treating nonsquamous lung cancer with either pemetrexed or docetaxel in addition to cisplatin has shown that the two combinations achieve similar progression-free survival.

JAK inhibitors promising in colorectal cancer

JAK inhibitors have been found to halt tumor growth in colorectal cancer with a certain genetic mutation, according to a new study.

Pertuzumab adds survival benefit for HER2-positive breast cancer

Patients with HER2-positive breast cancer that has metastasized demonstrate longer survival outcomes if treated with a combination of pertuzumab, trastuzumab, and chemotherapy.

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