Oncology

Ovarian Cancer Screening: Assessing the Risks and Benefits

Ovarian Cancer Screening: Assessing the Risks and Benefits

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Gynecologists may be more likely to change their beliefs about ovarian cancer screening when presented with more detailed evidence about screening benefits and harms.

Smartphone App Improves Management of Cancer-Related Pain, Anxiety

Smartphone App Improves Management of Cancer-Related Pain, Anxiety

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

Challenges in Oncology Treatments Arise When Patients Rely on Celebrity Cancer Stories Over Scientific Research

Challenges in Oncology Treatments Arise When Patients Rely on Celebrity Cancer Stories Over Scientific Research

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While many patients may not follow the latest scientific research, many do follow celebrities.

How Likely Are Oncologists to Refer for Palliative Care? Depends on Their Age

How Likely Are Oncologists to Refer for Palliative Care? Depends on Their Age

Study shows that referrals to palliative care and time to referral are relative to the age of the treating oncologist, with higher numbers and quicker referrals among younger oncologists.

CNS Tumors in Childhood: Predicting Successful Independence in Adult Life

CNS Tumors in Childhood: Predicting Successful Independence in Adult Life

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Researchers at St Jude Children's Research Hospital sought to determine what indicators in survivors of CNS tumors can predict the survivor's ability to live independently as an adult.

'Are We There Yet? How Much Longer?': Deciphering Patients' Persistent Questions

'Are We There Yet? How Much Longer?': Deciphering Patients' Persistent Questions

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.

Organic Food Consumption and Cancer Risk: What's the Link?

Organic Food Consumption and Cancer Risk: What's the Link?

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To investigate the link between organic food consumption and cancer risk, study authors conducted a population-based prospective cohort study among French adults.

A Trained Dog Smells Early-Stage Lung Cancer With a High Degree of Accuracy

A Trained Dog Smells Early-Stage Lung Cancer With a High Degree of Accuracy

Humans are used to seeing canines used as tools in forensics — their skills are often harnessed to smell out drugs or trail a criminal. Some dogs are even used to locate household pests. The use of canines to detect lung cancer from smell alone, however, is a new prospect for oncologists and their patients.

Preventative Medications Unnecessarily Prescribed to EOL Patients With Lung Cancer

Preventative Medications Unnecessarily Prescribed to EOL Patients With Lung Cancer

In a retrospective study conducted in the United States and the United Kingdom, researchers evaluated the prescribing of preventative medications in patients with lung cancer discharged from hospital at the end of life.

Crowdfunding for Cancer Treatments Could Exploit Vulnerable Patients

Crowdfunding for Cancer Treatments Could Exploit Vulnerable Patients

There are fears that huge sums are being raised on crowdfunding sites for alternative cancer treatments that are not backed by evidence.

Fitness Wearables Are Finding a Place in Oncology Care

Fitness Wearables Are Finding a Place in Oncology Care

Wearable activity monitors offer oncology care teams an unbiased glimpse into patients' health behaviors and improved reports on performance status.

USPSTF Updates Recommendations for Cervical Cancer Screening

USPSTF Updates Recommendations for Cervical Cancer Screening

The US Preventive Services Task Force conducted a review of trials and cohort studies to support an update of its cervical cancer screening recommendations for women ages 21 to 65 and older.

Internet Browsing for Cancer Information Emphasizes Visual Appeal Over Accuracy

Internet Browsing for Cancer Information Emphasizes Visual Appeal Over Accuracy

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.

FDA: Cancer Treatment 'Alternative' May Cause Serious Heart Problems, Death

FDA: Cancer Treatment 'Alternative' May Cause Serious Heart Problems, Death

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Cesium chloride is not approved by the FDA to treat cancer or any other disease.

Attending Surgeon Influences Genetic Testing in Breast Cancer

Attending Surgeon Influences Genetic Testing in Breast Cancer

The attending surgeon is associated with variation in the receipt of genetic testing after breast cancer diagnosis.

Disparities in Breast Reconstruction Access Persist Despite Advocacy Efforts

Disparities in Breast Reconstruction Access Persist Despite Advocacy Efforts

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Because most reconstructive surgeons are not trained in communicating complex risk information, some women may choose to have the procedure done without fully understanding the risks.

Chinese Traditional Medicine Showed Effectiveness on Pain, Quality of Life in Advanced Cancer

Chinese Traditional Medicine Showed Effectiveness on Pain, Quality of Life in Advanced Cancer

In a randomized study, researchers sought to determine the effect of IV injections of coix seed oil, a Chinese CAM, on pain and quality of life measures for patients with advanced cancer.

Many Childhood Cancer Survivors Not Concerned About Future Health

Many Childhood Cancer Survivors Not Concerned About Future Health

Researchers found that 31% of survivors were not concerned about their future health and that 40% were not concerned about developing cancer.

ACA Increases Healthcare Access Among Cancer Survivors

ACA Increases Healthcare Access Among Cancer Survivors

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Study results provide important evidence of efficacy associated with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act during this time of debate about healthcare reform.

Art Intervention May Be Beneficial for Patients With Cancer

Art Intervention May Be Beneficial for Patients With Cancer

A bedside visual art intervention may help with cancer patients' pain, anxiety, and mood.

Gender Disparity Observed in Cancer Genetic Testing in the US

Gender Disparity Observed in Cancer Genetic Testing in the US

Despite its widespread use, there are still underrepresented groups in genetic testing for cancer.

Despite Research Gap, Medical Marijuana Use Supported at End of Life in Pediatric Cancer

Despite Research Gap, Medical Marijuana Use Supported at End of Life in Pediatric Cancer

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Since the legalization of medical marijuana, clinicians must come up with appropriate responses to requests for treatment in pediatric end-of-life settings.

ACO Enrollment Ups Appropriateness of Cancer Screening

ACO Enrollment Ups Appropriateness of Cancer Screening

The Medicare Shared Savings Program has been linked to a reduction in breast cancer and an increase in colorectal cancer screenings.

Affordable Care Act Increased Percentage of Insured Patients With Gynecologic Cancers

Affordable Care Act Increased Percentage of Insured Patients With Gynecologic Cancers

The impact of the ACA on health insurance access among women diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer was previously unestablished.

Price Markup Associated With Outpatient Oncology Services Examined

Price Markup Associated With Outpatient Oncology Services Examined

Inflated medical costs may affect patients' treatment decisions as out-of-pocket costs increase.

USPSTF: Updated Ovarian Cancer Screening Recommendations

USPSTF: Updated Ovarian Cancer Screening Recommendations

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Depending on the type of screening test used, the magnitude of harm ranges from moderate to substantial.

Worldwide Increase in 5-Year Cancer Survival Trends

Worldwide Increase in 5-Year Cancer Survival Trends

Survival trends increased up to 5% for cancers of the liver, pancreas, and lung.

Lung Cancer Screening More Effective for Patients With Higher Risk

Lung Cancer Screening More Effective for Patients With Higher Risk

Patients in higher quintiles of lung cancer risk had significantly more diagnoses of lung cancer.

Mammography Screening Rates Increase After Elimination of Cost Sharing

Mammography Screening Rates Increase After Elimination of Cost Sharing

The elimination of cost sharing for screening mammography is associated with increased screening rates.

FDA Approves Lynparza to Treat Breast Cancer Caused by <i>BRCA</i> Mutation

FDA Approves Lynparza to Treat Breast Cancer Caused by BRCA Mutation

The FDA has approved Lynparza to treat metastatic breast cancer caused by a BRCA gene mutation.

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