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Survey offers insight on coping with advanced prostate cancer

Survey offers insight on coping with advanced prostate cancer


Ninety-one men and 100 caregivers shared their thoughts on what worries them most when advanced prostate cancer becomes a way of life.

Conflicts in spirituality: Why me versus why not me

Conflicts in spirituality: Why me versus why not me


Understanding how patients' use their spiritual beliefs can help you determine which patients may be more likely to develop depressive symptoms.

Quick survey helps uncover ovarian cancer

A simple three-question survey has been developed to help clinicians identify women who may be experiencing symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Diagnosis and surgery for prostate cancer reduces quality of life


One year after men undergo surgical removal of prostate cancer, they have significant anxiety, which appears to be linked to poor sexual satisfaction and depression.

Study links pancreas radiation to diabetes risk

Evidence points to a dose-response relation between radiation exposure of the pancreas and risk of diabetes in survivors of childhood cancers.

Women confused by DCIS breast diagnosis

Women confused by DCIS breast diagnosis

Ductal carcinoma in situ has a positive prognosis but requires treatment similar to that for invasive breast cancer, sending a conflicting message.

Indices for early symptoms of ovarian cancer may need tweaking


The clinical utility of a symptom index for ovarian cancer depends on precisely how it is used and how index-positive women are managed, indicate the results of a recent study.

Information gap may skew mastectomy decisions


Women with early-stage breast cancer often lacked knowledge about their disease and were not asked their preference regarding surgery, according to recent survey findings.

CDC focuses on infection prevention

CDC focuses on infection prevention

A new initiative launched by CDC is designed to reduce the risk of life-threatening infection in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Computer tutorial helps oncologists handle patient emotions

A computer-based training program improved oncologists' responses to negative emotions expressed by patients with advanced cancer.

Endometrial cancer risk increases with adult weight gain but not with yo-yo dieting

Postmenopausal women who have gained weight in adulthood are at greater risk of developing endometrial cancer than are women who maintain a stable weight, indicates a recent study.

Evaluation detects impairments in older AML patients that could affect treatment

A bedside assessment picked up symptoms and impairments that standard oncology assessments do not routinely identify in a group of older persons with acute myelogenous leukemia.

Web-savvy older patients shore up QoL data

Quality-of-life (QoL) information from people with cancer is better obtained from online surveys than from paper forms—and even older patients appear to be willing to oblige.

Dignity therapy improves end-of-life experience

A form of psychotherapy that is intended to relieve distress for dying patients and their families showed great effectiveness in a recent study.

First Spanish-language Cancer Worry Scale validated

Investigators in Spain have shown that a translation of the English-language Cancer Worry Scale is a valid and reliable scale for evaluating a healthy person's concern about cancer.

"FATE" survey assesses end of life in head and neck cancer

Palliative treatments, death outside of the hospital, and involvement by a palliative care team all improve the end-of-life experience for persons with head and neck cancer.

Breast care center patients report high satisfaction with Web-based survey

Patients with either breast symptoms or newly diagnosed breast cancer who completed a Web-based survey prior to their first clinic visit were highly satisfied with the experience.

Simple Questions Help Identify Patients at High-Risk for Lung Cancer


Patients who are at high-risk for developing lung cancer can be identified through the use of a questionnaire, according to a study featured in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology (November 2009;4[11]:1347-1351).

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