Parents can effectively communicate with their child's oncologist when their child is present during consultations at the time of diagnosis.
A guide for helping patients assess their social network after a cancer diagnosis and find the supportive resources they may need.
Prior to treatment, HER2 testing using FDA-approved tests should be performed.
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.
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.
An expert panel comprising physicians, pharmacists, researchers, and nurses compiles a set of standards for the safe handling of anticancer drugs.
From 1991 to 2016, there was a continuous decrease of 27 percent in the overall cancer death rate in the United States.
Three experts describe their predictions for what lies ahead in 2019 regarding immunotherapy, research, and disparities in cancer care.
A considerable increase in medical marketing has been observed from 1997 through 2016, especially in direct-to-consumer advertising.
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
Statistics on excess body weight-related cancers across the United States and the District of Columbia, state-by-state.
Overall, patient survival was not associated with surgical technique.
[Cancer Management and Research] This study assessed differences in employment outcomes among cancer survivors using data from a nationally representative sample.
The nurse practice environment was the best predictor of poor-quality end-of-life care, according to reseachers.
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.
Researchers investigating genotype-phenotype relationships found that clinical manifestations of some diseases do not match the incidence of genetic variants that predict disease risk.
A reflection on how clinicians' own illness humanizes them as healers.
Researchers within a health care system investigated the use of advance care planning among elderly patients undergoing surgery.
This fact sheet examines the role of physical activity and exercise in cancer prevention and cancer survivorship.
41 percent are not at all familiar with personalized medicine; only 5 percent say they are very familiar
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.
What are some good Internet resources for patient information about cancer treatment regimens?
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.
The receipt of a cancer diagnosis can be devastating, with important implications for a patient's mental health and well-being. Some evidence has suggested that cancer diagnosis may contribute to an increased risk of suicide in this patient population; however, variation in risk by various patient characteristics has not been well-studied. In this cohort study, investigators 
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.
A review of studies on clinician education in palliative care identified themes for core palliative care competencies for pediatric oncologists.
1. The findings of this study suggested that cancer is becoming the leading cause of death in the United States among higher-income counties. 2. The authors observed that lower-income counties were more likely to have heart disease as the leading cause of death. Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good) Study Rundown: The epidemiologic transition theory describes 
1. Self-reported consumption of labeled organic foods in a French population was linked to lower rates of cancer development in this prospective cohort study. Evidence Rating Level: 3 (Average) Study Rundown: Cancer remains one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide and occupational pesticide exposure has an established environmental risk for the development 
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.
Postchemotherapy hospitalizations and costs are higher for patients receiving highly emetogenic chemotherapy with no prophylaxis treatment.
Artificial intelligence and mobile technology combined in a smartphone app demonstrated an ability to accurately measure and respond to urgency of patients' pain.
Patients with nonresectable tumors randomized to palliative rehabilitation also chose to participate in individual consultations and a group program with physical activity.
A social worker reviews the challenges patients and their families will face dealing with anticipatory grief and bereavement during festive holiday activities.
Oncologists found to spend more time with nonminority patients discussing care goals than with minority patients.
Researchers presented results of a study on the effects of acupuncture treatments on pain, fatigue, nausea, and other effects of cancer and cancer treatment.
The Effect of Intravenous Hydration Strategy on Plasma Methotrexate Clearance During Intravenous High-dose Methotrexate Administration in Pediatric Oncology Patients
[Cancer Management and Research] Researchers sought to determine the effect of intravenous hydration on plasma methotrexate clearance on pediatric oncology patients receiving HD-MTX for ALL, NHL, or osteosarcoma.
A review of studies investigating the safety and efficacy of integrative and complementary medicine practices sought to determine their effects on children with cancer.
What are some tips for speaking to patients about adherence to oral cancer medications?
Survey also shows that Americans may be misinformed about alternative treatments for cancer.
[OncoTargets and Therapy] A meta-analysis sought to support the efficacy and safety of apatinib in the treatment of solid tumors that was previously reported in previous studies.
In a review of data from the National Health Interview Survey, researchers identified the relationship between short and long sleep durations and diabetes in cancer survivors.
Researchers explored the feasibility of integrating pharmacists into the oncology care team for older patients with cancer to determine the impact this intervention would have on medication management and vaccination uptake.
How much of what's online is off limits? A review of ethics, principles, and guidelines for nurse and social worker behaviors regarding online searches.
A prospective analysis of patients with advanced cancer revealed the effect delirium has on palliative care and symptom management at baseline and after 7 days of treatment.
Survival and progression-free survival were better with nivolumab alone or with ipilimumab vs ipilimumab alone for stage III or IV melanoma with known BRAFV600 mutation, according to results of this randomized study.
The 2016 evidence-based PACC guidelines recommend the use of morphine and ziconotide as effective and safe first-line IT monotherapies for chronic pain.
This fact sheet explores the technology of cell phones, radiofrequency energy and how it may affect the body, and the findings of research studies about cell phone exposure and cancer risk.
As immunotherapies gain a stronger foothold as a treatment option for cancer, ASCO and SITC convened a panel to develop recommendations to ensure consistent and efficient clinical trial reporting in immuno-oncology.
Using fictional patient profiles and a questionnaire on recommendation procedures, researchers were able to demonstrate a need for standardized tumor board interpretation and recommendation processes worldwide.
A propensity-score matched analysis was used to determine the effect of surgery and postoperative radiotherapy in patients with TNETs.
In this retrospective study, researchers sought to determine the efficacy of nedaplatin vs cisplatin for the treatment of malignancy-induced malignant pleural effusion.
An analysis of pooled data from 4 randomized controlled clinical trials revealed that male and female patients experience different chemotherapy side effects and at different severities, according to a poster presented at ESMO 2018 Congress.
Radiation dose not impacted with light or moderate use of skin treatments, regardless of beam energy, incidence.
1. Progression free survival demonstrates poor-correlation with measures of health related quality of life (HRQoL) in oncology trials. 2. Current study demonstrate poor follow-up and reporting of HRQoL measures, likely introducing bias into published results. Evidence Rating Level:3 (Average) Study Rundown: Current stated goals for the American Society of Clinical Oncology include the focus on 
How do you answer when the patient or family asks, "What is next?" More importantly, though, you need to recognize if they are asking that question, or is there something else they are really asking.
Do you have any resources that give specific guidelines or even anecdotal sources on how to adjust etoposide dose in a patient taking Prezcobix?
A review of medical records revealed that thyroid function may be affected by immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy, and these patients should undergo thyroid function tests, especially during the first 8 weeks of therapy.
Researchers sought an explanation for the paucity of research, drug development, and clinical trials focusing specifically on cancer in pediatric populations.
This in-depth review examines the inherent challenges of providing cancer care for incarcerated patients.
HPV Vaccination and Anti-programmed Cell Death 1 Inhibition Improve Survival in Patients With Invasive HPV-16
In this study, researchers sought to determine if use of a tumor specific vaccine would improve the efficacy of PD-1 immune checkpoint inhibition in patients with incurable HPV-16 cancer.
Updated vaccine designed to prevent cancers and disease caused by nine HPV types
Researchers are seeking genetic biomarkers that can predict which patients are most likely to suffer radiotoxicities and which can safely undergo intensified radiation treatment regimens.
In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, researchers sought to determine the effect of including a checkpoint inhibitor in induction therapy for patients with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer.
A retrospective analysis of genetic testing results at one laboratory reports that reclassifications occurs in approximately one-quarter of tests, resulting in both downgrades and upgrades of variant classifications.
A Delphi panel developed recommendations for integrating patients, as well as caregivers and advocate, a greater role in medical research while maintaining scientific integrity of studies.
The researchers found that individual breaches affected a range of 500 to 78.8 million records.
A team from Oncology Hematology Care, in Cincinnati, Ohio, presented an outcomes report on their Oncology Care Model project at the 2018 ASCO Quality Care Symposium.
My patient is receiving immunotherapy. What is the best tool for assessing side effects?
In a study presented at the 2018 ASCO Quality Care Symposium, researchers presented study findings that showed adding mental health professionals to the multidisciplinary cancer care team improves identification and treatment of delirium in hospitalized patients.
Money raised for cancer-related appeals is on the increase; but some money funds alternative therapies that have been discredited.
In this study, researchers assessed a new tool designed to assess the well-being of cancer patients' informal caregivers.
A multicenter research team determined the incidence and type of fatal toxic effects associated with immune checkpoint inhibitors.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology hosted a roundtable to develop recommendations targeted at improving patients' out-of-pocket costs for clinical trial participation.
Comprehensive bipartisan package earmarks billions of dollars to fight opioid abuse in the United States
Researchers investigated the effectiveness of different communication approaches used in shared decision-making with cancer patients.
Researchers sought to determine if nedaplatin could effectively manage malignancy-induced MPE in patients with cancer with less toxicity than cisplatin.
Endocrine Society Released Guidelines for Managing Endocrine Disorders in Childhood Cancer Survivors
Clinical guideline reviews the diagnosis and treatment of hypothalamic-pituitary and growth disorders that are often seen in survivors of childhood cancer.
Proportion of teens up to date with HPV vaccines also increasing, researchers found.
What information is there about using the newer high-dose flu vaccine in patients with cancer?
In its 2018 annual report, the AACR highlights the advances, challenges, and needs of federally funded research on the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.
This fact sheet explores the possible cancer risks caused by the chemical acrylamide in foodstuffs and consumer goods.
Current Status and Dilemma of Second-line Treatment in Advanced Pancreatic Cancer: Is There a Silver Lining?
[OncoTargets and Therapy] Although first-line therapy is effective, relapse is common; but many patients are good candidates for second-line therapy. This report reviews current published data on second-line therapies for advanced pancreatic cancer.
Using the Questions on Life Satisfaction (FLZ-M) questionnaire, researchers determined the extent of life satisfaction across 10 subdomains reported by adolescents and young adults with cancer.
An increased risk of low educational attainment and attenuation in income at age 30 years has been observed in those that have experienced parental cancer.
Non-English speaking and uninsured patients with cancer may require additional support systems, such as referral to socioeconomic support, for best care.
In a review of data from more than 20,000 veterans, researchers determined the effects of palliative care on suicide rates among veterans with advanced lung cancer.
Pennebaker's expressive writing intervention was developed to allow patients to express their worries and pains.
This simple framework for communicating can be adapted to fit each situation, regardless of it being a nurse-to-patient or a nurse-to-nurse setting.
Wearable activity monitors offer oncology care teams an unbiased glimpse into patients' health behaviors and improved reports on performance status.
Researchers accessed the SEER database and evaluated the population-based cancer survival data of 31,866 pediatric patients between the ages of 0 and 19.
ESMO has released a consensus on evidence-based criteria and proposed a classification system to prioritize genomic alterations as markers to select cancer patients for targeted therapies.
What is the concern with antioxidants and chemotherapy or radiation?
1. HER2 targeted breast cancer treatment has significantly improved prognosis. 2. Novel immune checkpoint therapies have resulted in considerable clinical response for a variety of cancer types. Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good) Study Rundown: Cancer therapy is a continually evolving field, as researchers strive to determine the most effective methods of treating this complex disease.
Disparities persist in recommended cancer screening tests among U.S. adults, particularly among the uninsured.
A reflection on how these elements affect patients at the time of diagnosis, during their cancer journey, and how it can change their life in survivorship.
Are there resources that outline if chemo premeds must be mixed in the laminar air flow hood?
Use of opioids to manage cancer-related pain may have adverse effects of its own that can have a significant impact on healthcare use among patients with cancer.
Information patients find online can be a great concern for oncology nurses, especially when a diagnosis has an uncertain prognosis. In this follow-up study, researchers in Boston sought to determine the quality of the online resources patients with cancer, particularly pancreas, are finding.
[Cancer Management and Research] A review of the background and current challenges in 4 key areas of radiotherapy are presented, plus potential future options for creating safe and effective strategies in radiotherapy.
In a randomized study, researchers sought to determine the effect of a nurse-led care program on unscheduled hospital visits and admissions and cost for patients with breast cancer undergoing outpatient chemotherapy.
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