Patient Preferences

Anxiety Not Relieved With Handholding, Stress Ball Use During Skin Cancer Excision

Anxiety Not Relieved With Handholding, Stress Ball Use During Skin Cancer Excision

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Most dermatologic procedures are performed with local anesthesia only. In this study, researchers sought to determine if hand-holding or squeezing a stress ball could ease patients' anxiety during skin excision procedures.

Complementary Medicine Use May Have Link to Increased Risk of Death in Cancer

Complementary Medicine Use May Have Link to Increased Risk of Death in Cancer

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A retrospective observational study revealed an association between complementary medicine use and patient adherence to conventional cancer treatment.

Patient Interest in Melanoma Genetic Risk Testing is Fairly High

Patient Interest in Melanoma Genetic Risk Testing is Fairly High

Researchers examined interest in MC1R testing in the general population and assessed patterns across demographic and skin cancer risk factors.

USPSTF: Decision to Undergo PSA Screening Should Be Individual

USPSTF: Decision to Undergo PSA Screening Should Be Individual

The decision to undergo periodic PSA screening for prostate cancer should be an individual one for men aged 55 to 69 years, according to the recommendation statement.

An Unusual Lesson on Informing a Shared Decision

An Unusual Lesson on Informing a Shared Decision

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The use of a contractor to make home repairs offers an interesting analogy to the shared decision-making experience.

Challenges of Shared Decision Making in Prostate Cancer Screening

Challenges of Shared Decision Making in Prostate Cancer Screening

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A review of shared decision making with men about undergoing PSA testing revealed that although full SDM discussions are increasing, variations in whether these discussions occur and how much information is shared still exist.

Following False-Positive Results, Patients More Likely to Have Future Cancer Screenings

Following False-Positive Results, Patients More Likely to Have Future Cancer Screenings

The researchers found that the choice to undergo future screenings appeared to be influenced by previous false-positive results for both men and women.

National Cancer Drug Shortages Unknown to Many Patients

National Cancer Drug Shortages Unknown to Many Patients

A majority of study respondents reported wanting to be informed about the differences in a drug substitution's efficacy or side effects.

Determining Clinical Trial Eligibility

Determining Clinical Trial Eligibility

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How is clinical trial eligibility determined?

Letter-Writing Project Communicates Care Wishes to Healthcare Team, Family

Letter-Writing Project Communicates Care Wishes to Healthcare Team, Family

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What matters most to me, who matters most to me, and what do I want in my last days? Letter-writing project is a tool for patients to communicate their wishes for their last days.

USPSTF: Behavioral interventions do not reduce sunburn or skin cancer outcomes

1. Behavioral interventions increase sun protection behavior but do not reduce sunburn or skin cancer outcomes. 2. Behavior interventions lead to increased skin self-examinations but may lead to additional skin procedures without finding additional skin cancers. Evidence Rating Level: 1 (Excellent) Study Rundown: While melanoma comprises 2% of all skin cancers, it causes more than []

Patients Identify Critical Elements of Support in Hematologic Cancers

Patients Identify Critical Elements of Support in Hematologic Cancers

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A cross-sectional study asked patients with hematologic cancers to name the components of care they felt were most crucial to their perception of optimal care.

Various Aspects of Palliative Care Focus Associated With Different Outcomes In Cancer

Various Aspects of Palliative Care Focus Associated With Different Outcomes In Cancer

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In this evaluation of palliative care use, investigators were able to determine how the focus of palliative care - coping, treatment, or advanced care planning - influenced patients' decisions on quality of life and decisions regarding chemotherapy and hospice care at the end of life.

Patient Expectations at Odds With Actual Outcomes for Radiotherapy in Breast Cancer

Patient Expectations at Odds With Actual Outcomes for Radiotherapy in Breast Cancer

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Researchers present the results of a survey of patients with breast cancer who underwent radiation therapy to assess the difference between their pretreatment expectations and their actual experience.

Patients Desire More Online Tools and Access

Patients Desire More Online Tools and Access

Responses from the 2017 Patient-Provider Relationship Study indicate that most patients want greater connectivity, more online tools, and additional time with doctors.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practices of Lymphoma Survivors in South Korea

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practices of Lymphoma Survivors in South Korea

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A study from South Korea determined the prevalence and type of CAM practices lymphoma survivors used for various purposes including ease symptoms, augment treatment, boost immunity, and gain a sense of control.

Follow-Up After Treatment Lacking for Younger Cancer Survivors

Follow-Up After Treatment Lacking for Younger Cancer Survivors

Approximately 37 percent of young adult cancer survivors involved in this study had no follow-up following their treatment, with no significant variation seen across disease types.

Travel Distance to Prostate Cancer Treatment Influences Treatment Choice 

Travel Distance to Prostate Cancer Treatment Influences Treatment Choice 

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Long-distance travel was more strongly associated with definitive prostate SBRT use, researchers found.

Self-Predictions for Well-Being Influence Satisfaction After Mastectomy, Breast Reconstruction

Self-Predictions for Well-Being Influence Satisfaction After Mastectomy, Breast Reconstruction

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Observational study assessed the influence of patients' self-predictions for well-being after undergoing mastectomy for breast cancer with or without immediate breast reconstruction.

Most Influential in Breast Reconstruction Decision: Surgeon, Spouse, GP

Most Influential in Breast Reconstruction Decision: Surgeon, Spouse, GP

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A study from French researchers identified which people are the most likely to influence a breast cancer patient's decision whether to undergo breast reconstruction. These findings were presented at SABCS 2017.

Patients With Advanced Cancer Prefer Face-to-Face Communication With Clinicians

Patients With Advanced Cancer Prefer Face-to-Face Communication With Clinicians

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As the use of computers and EHRs increase in health care, results of a study on patients' perception of clinicians who communicate from behind an electronic screen were presented at the 2017 Palliative Care Symposium.

High Rates of Adverse Events Lead to Earlier Dropouts in Phase 1 Cancer Trials

High Rates of Adverse Events Lead to Earlier Dropouts in Phase 1 Cancer Trials

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Phase 1 trials are used to determine the safety profiles of treatment regimens. In this retrospective review, investigators sought to understand the reasons participants in these studies drop out.

One-Quarter of Patients With Early Breast Cancer Strongly Consider CPM

One-Quarter of Patients With Early Breast Cancer Strongly Consider CPM

A majority of patients with early-stage breast cancer consider undergoing contralateral prophylactic mastectomy.

Worse Survival Seen for Alternative Versus Usual Cancer Therapy

Worse Survival Seen for Alternative Versus Usual Cancer Therapy

Alternative medicine was independently tied to greater mortality risk compared to conventional treatment, researchers found.

Financial Incentive Motivates Colorectal Cancer Screening

Financial Incentive Motivates Colorectal Cancer Screening

Researchers investigated whether a financial reward could help drive colorectal cancer participation.

Undergoing CT Lung Cancer Screening May Motivate Quit Attempts in Persons at High Risk

Undergoing CT Lung Cancer Screening May Motivate Quit Attempts in Persons at High Risk

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Contrary to some concerns, persons at high risk for lung cancer who undergo CT lung scans are more likely to attempt smoking cessation regardless of their test results compared with unscreened persons.

Deodorant, Antiperspirant Use During Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer Not Detrimental

Deodorant, Antiperspirant Use During Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer Not Detrimental

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Use of antiperspirant or deodorant does not adversely affect potential for dermal toxicity or surface concentrations of aluminum in the axilla in women undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer.

Accurate View of Prognosis Ensures Terminally Ill Make Value-Consistent EOL-Care Decisions

Accurate View of Prognosis Ensures Terminally Ill Make Value-Consistent EOL-Care Decisions

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Most terminally ill patients have accurate prognostic awareness of their condition and tend to become more aware as their condition deteriorates.

Long Term Survivors of Prostate Cancer Express Treatment Decision Regret for Up to 15 Years

Long Term Survivors of Prostate Cancer Express Treatment Decision Regret for Up to 15 Years

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Study results show that patients with prostate cancer express treatment decision regret, with concerns regarding sexual function, bowel function, and PSA most commonly associated with regret.

Poll: Many Seniors Struggling With Drug Costs Don't Seek Help

Poll: Many Seniors Struggling With Drug Costs Don't Seek Help

Roughly half of older Americans experiencing difficulty paying for needed drugs did not talk to their physicians about the issue, poll shows.

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