General Oncology

Shifting Dynamics of Social Support After a Cancer Diagnosis

Shifting Dynamics of Social Support After a Cancer Diagnosis

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A guide for helping patients assess their social network after a cancer diagnosis and find the supportive resources they may need.

Biosimilar Cancer Treatment Ontruzant Gets FDA Approval

Biosimilar Cancer Treatment Ontruzant Gets FDA Approval

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Prior to treatment, HER2 testing using FDA-approved tests should be performed.

Helping Patients Face the Challenge of Eating Healthy During Cancer Treatment

Helping Patients Face the Challenge of Eating Healthy During Cancer Treatment

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A review of the 2nd edition of the American Cancer Society's What to Eat During Cancer Treatment, and catching up with Chef Pnina Peled at New York-Presbyterian Hospitals.

Modernizing Eligibility Criteria Could Increase Access to, Participation in Clinical Trials

Modernizing Eligibility Criteria Could Increase Access to, Participation in Clinical Trials

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Researchers sought to determine the association between presence of comorbidities and discussion of clinical trials, as well as the impact on offers and actual participation.

ASCO Convenes Panel to Address Handling of Hazardous Drugs

ASCO Convenes Panel to Address Handling of Hazardous Drugs

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An expert panel comprising physicians, pharmacists, researchers, and nurses compiles a set of standards for the safe handling of anticancer drugs.

Cancer Death Rate in U.S. Decreased Continuously From 1991 to 2016

Cancer Death Rate in U.S. Decreased Continuously From 1991 to 2016

From 1991 to 2016, there was a continuous decrease of 27 percent in the overall cancer death rate in the United States.

Medical Marketing Has Increased in Past 20 Years

Medical Marketing Has Increased in Past 20 Years

A considerable increase in medical marketing has been observed from 1997 through 2016, especially in direct-to-consumer advertising.

Cancer Treatment and Research: What Lies Ahead in 2019

Cancer Treatment and Research: What Lies Ahead in 2019

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Three experts describe their predictions for what lies ahead in 2019 regarding immunotherapy, research, and disparities in cancer care.

Regular Physical Activity — Even Initiated Postdiagnosis — Improves Survival for Cancer Patients

Regular Physical Activity — Even Initiated Postdiagnosis — Improves Survival for Cancer Patients

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A review of DBBR data demonstrated that regular recreational physical activity may reduce the risk of all-cause and cancer-specific mortality in persons who are habitually active as a lifestyle as well as those who adopt regular exercise as a lifestyle after diagnosis.

Prevalence of Excess Body Weight-Related Cancer Varies Across the 50 US States, District of Columbia

Prevalence of Excess Body Weight-Related Cancer Varies Across the 50 US States, District of Columbia

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Statistics on excess body weight-related cancers across the United States and the District of Columbia, state-by-state.

Surgical Practices May Explain International Survival Differences in Cancer Treatment

Surgical Practices May Explain International Survival Differences in Cancer Treatment

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Overall, patient survival was not associated with surgical technique.

Managing the Cancer-work Interface: The Effect of Cancer Survivorship on Unemployment

Managing the Cancer-work Interface: The Effect of Cancer Survivorship on Unemployment

[Cancer Management and Research] This study assessed differences in employment outcomes among cancer survivors using data from a nationally representative sample.

Most Nurses Unsatisfied With Hospitals' End-of-Life Care

Most Nurses Unsatisfied With Hospitals' End-of-Life Care

The nurse practice environment was the best predictor of poor-quality end-of-life care, according to reseachers.

Pilot Study Evaluates Implementation of Web-Based Self-Management Tool for Cancer Patients

Pilot Study Evaluates Implementation of Web-Based Self-Management Tool for Cancer Patients

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After implementing a web-based tool for patients with cancer, researchers surveyed healthcare providers involved in the pilot project regarding their thoughts and experiences with the project.

Presence of Genetic Variants Not Always Predictive of Cancer Risk

Presence of Genetic Variants Not Always Predictive of Cancer Risk

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Researchers investigating genotype-phenotype relationships found that clinical manifestations of some diseases do not match the incidence of genetic variants that predict disease risk.

The Role for Wounded Healers in Oncology Nursing

The Role for Wounded Healers in Oncology Nursing

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A reflection on how clinicians' own illness humanizes them as healers.

Use of Advance Care Plans Insufficient Among Older Patients Undergoing High-Risk Surgery

Use of Advance Care Plans Insufficient Among Older Patients Undergoing High-Risk Surgery

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Researchers within a health care system investigated the use of advance care planning among elderly patients undergoing surgery.

Physical Activity and Cancer (Fact Sheet)

Physical Activity and Cancer (Fact Sheet)

This fact sheet examines the role of physical activity and exercise in cancer prevention and cancer survivorship.

Many Americans Unaware of the Promise of Personalized Medicine

Many Americans Unaware of the Promise of Personalized Medicine

41 percent are not at all familiar with personalized medicine; only 5 percent say they are very familiar

Alternative Medicine Beliefs: How Far Will Cancer Patients Go for Alternative Results?

Alternative Medicine Beliefs: How Far Will Cancer Patients Go for Alternative Results?

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The ASCO 2018 Cancer Opinions Survey revealed an almost unbelievable fact about Americans' beliefs regarding cancer care. This report examines the lengths some people with cancer will go to in pursuing a "cure" for their disease.

Steering Patients Toward Reliable Internet Resources

Steering Patients Toward Reliable Internet Resources

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What are some good Internet resources for patient information about cancer treatment regimens?

Patients, Physicians Do Not Recognize Fatigue the Same

Patients, Physicians Do Not Recognize Fatigue the Same

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A worldwide survey reveals that despite similar perceptions on symptom burden of ITP, patients and physicians do not agree on the effect of fatigue on quality of life.

Curative Option Identified for Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Anal Canal With Distant Metastasis

Curative Option Identified for Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Anal Canal With Distant Metastasis

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A retrospective review identified a subset of patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the anal canal with distant metastases who respond to extended-field chemoradiation.

Addressing the Need for Palliative Care Training for Pediatric Oncologists

Addressing the Need for Palliative Care Training for Pediatric Oncologists

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A review of studies on clinician education in palliative care identified themes for core palliative care competencies for pediatric oncologists.

Radiofrequency Ablation of Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Meta-analysis of Overall Survival and Recurrence-free Survival

Radiofrequency Ablation of Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Meta-analysis of Overall Survival and Recurrence-free Survival

[OncoTargets and Therapy] This meta-analysis evaluates prognostic factors of OS and RFS in patients treated with radiofrequency ablation.

Prophylaxis Improves Postchemotherapy Nausea/Vomiting Frequency, Hospitalizations

Prophylaxis Improves Postchemotherapy Nausea/Vomiting Frequency, Hospitalizations

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Postchemotherapy hospitalizations and costs are higher for patients receiving highly emetogenic chemotherapy with no prophylaxis treatment.

Palliative Rehabilitation Improves Quality of Life in Newly Diagnosed Nonresectable Tumors

Palliative Rehabilitation Improves Quality of Life in Newly Diagnosed Nonresectable Tumors

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Patients with nonresectable tumors randomized to palliative rehabilitation also chose to participate in individual consultations and a group program with physical activity.

Smartphone App Improves Management of Cancer-Related Pain, Anxiety

Smartphone App Improves Management of Cancer-Related Pain, Anxiety

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Artificial intelligence and mobile technology combined in a smartphone app demonstrated an ability to accurately measure and respond to urgency of patients' pain.

How to Help Patients at the End of Life and Their Loved Ones During the Holidays

How to Help Patients at the End of Life and Their Loved Ones During the Holidays

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A social worker reviews the challenges patients and their families will face dealing with anticipatory grief and bereavement during festive holiday activities.

Acupuncture Eases Some Self-Reported Symptoms of Cancer, Cancer Treatments

Acupuncture Eases Some Self-Reported Symptoms of Cancer, Cancer Treatments

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Researchers presented results of a study on the effects of acupuncture treatments on pain, fatigue, nausea, and other effects of cancer and cancer treatment.

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