CoC Brief
Jan. 2, 2014

Pre-surgery chemo benefits more esophageal cancer patients
Medical News Today
A new study suggests having chemotherapy before surgery to remove a tumor may benefit more patients with esophageal cancer than previously thought. Tim Underwood, an esophageal surgeon researcher at the University of Southampton in the U.K., and colleagues report their findings in the World Journal of Gastroenterology.More

Radiation for uterine cancer ups bladder cancer risk
Renal & Urology News
Use of radiation therapy for uterine cancer appears to increase a woman's risk for later development of and death from bladder cancer. In a retrospective cohort study, Dr. Janet E. Baack Kukreja of the Department of Urology at Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y., and colleagues obtained records from the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program pertaining to 56,681 women diagnosed with uterine cancer as their first primary malignancy from 1980 to 2005. Follow-up for incident bladder cancer ended on Dec. 31, 2008.More

Families do not understand the implications of genetic test results
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Many relatives of patients who undergo testing for genetic links to breast and ovarian cancers misinterpret the results, and less than half of those who could benefit from genetic testing say they plan to undergo testing themselves, according to a recent study. This is despite the fact that knowing your genetic status may help detect the disease in its earliest stages. The study results were presented at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, Dec. 10-14, 2013.More

Accreditation 101: Learning the Basics of CoC Accreditation and Standards
Commission on Cancer
Are you a new staff member just learning the ropes of CoC accreditation?
Is your cancer program considering CoC accreditation and you want to learn about the CoC standards?
Do you need a basic refresher on the CoC accreditation process and standards?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then plan to attend Accreditation 101: Learning the Basics of CoC Accreditation and Standards in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 28, 2014. This is the only program developed and taught by CoC surveyors and staff who review the CoC Standards, provide practical information on how to achieve compliance, and discuss the important role you and your cancer team play throughout the continuum of cancer care. Get the information you need from the people involved in standard development and the survey process. For additional information, go to More

A 2014 hospice ad blitz launches amid Obamacare rollout
In an effort to improve awareness about hospice and palliative care, the industry is launching a first-ever national education and marketing campaign this year. The yearlong blitz by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, which organizers say will be a “multi-million-dollar” effort, will start this month with a grassroots campaign to get stories from hospice patients and their families. Such stories will then become part of a multimedia campaign to educate Americans about hospice and palliative care and spur a “national conversation on the value of hospice and palliative care."More

Personalized vaccine for most lethal type of brain tumor shows promise
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) treated with an experimental vaccine made from the patient's own resected tumor tissue showed an improved survival compared with historical patients who received the standard of care alone, according to an analysis of a phase 2 trial of this vaccine. The analysis was recently published in Neuro-Oncology and was accompanied by an editorial highlighting the importance of the trial.More

Persistent pain a problem year after breast cancer surgery
CBS News
Lingering pain after breast cancer surgery remains a significant problem for many women, new data suggest. One year after treatment for localized breast cancer, 50 percent of women had mild pain and 16 percent had moderate to severe pain in a study from Finland. "I believe many doctors do know of the possibility of persistent pain after surgery. Perhaps the surprise here is just how common such persistent pain is in breast cancer patients at 12 months from surgery," Dr. Tuomo J. Meretoja of Helsinki University Central Hospital told Reuters Health by email.More

National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) Call for Data
CoC Source
The official NCDB Call for Data announcement was sent to all programs in a special CoC Source on Oct. 15. The final date for initial submissions is Jan. 31 (midnight Central time), and corrections are due April 1 (midnight Central time). Click "read more" to view the data items required and layout specifications.More

Meat, smoking have strongest links to cancer incidence rates
Medical News Today
Using 2008 global cancer rates from the World Health Organization, a new international study has found that certain lifestyle factors — specifically smoking and eating diets high in animal products — have the strongest association with cancer rates. Publishing their findings in the journal Nutrients, the researchers say the results could impact international food policies. More

Millions at high risk for lung cancer should be screened yearly, panel says
NBC News
In a move that could affect millions of current and former smokers, a highly influential, independent panel of medical experts is recommending yearly screening for healthy adults between the ages of 55 and 80 at high risk for lung cancer. The screening would be done with low-dose computed tomography, commonly known as CT scans — and the panel’s recommendation could require new insurance plans to cover them under the Affordable Care Act.More