The Brief
May. 13, 2015

CDC: Many adults failing to undergo recommended cancer screening
Medical News Today
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that many adults in the United States are failing to undergo the recommended screening tests for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers.More

Researchers take step toward bringing precision medicine to all
cancer patients

University of Michigan Health System via Medical Xpress
Researchers from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and Thermo Fisher Scientific have developed and tested a new tool that searches for the most common genetic anomalies seen in cancer. The assay demonstrates the ability to make gene sequencing easier over a large volume of samples.More

World-renowned surgeon evaluates parallels between prostate cancer, breast cancer
World-renowned robotic prostate cancer surgeon Dr. David Samadi evaluates the parallels between prostate cancer and breast cancer. Prostate cancer is just as common in men as breast cancer is in women with more than 233,000 cases diagnosed each year.More

80 percent of cervical cancers found to be preventable with latest 9-Valent HPV vaccine
The newest human papillomavirus vaccine, 9-Valent, can potentially prevent 80 percent of cervical cancers in the United States if given to all 11- or 12-year-old children before they are exposed to the virus.More

New cancer surgery manual available from the American College of Surgeons and Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology

The American College of Surgeons and the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology present the first comprehensive, evidence-based examination of cancer surgery techniques that are critical to achieve optimal outcomes in a cancer operation. Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery is a unique manual that focuses on best practices for breast, colon, lung and pancreatic surgery, describing the surgical procedures that occur between skin incision and skin closure that directly affect cancer outcomes.More

Hodgkin lymphoma survivors have higher risk for cardiovascular diseases
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Survivors of Hodgkin lymphoma appear to be at higher risk for cardiovascular diseases and both physicians and patients need to be aware of this increased risk, according to an article published by JAMA Internal Medicine. Hodgkin lymphoma is a curable cancer with 10-year survival rates exceeding 80 percent. Treatment for HL has been associated with increased risks for other cancers and cardiovascular diseases, and those later cardiovascular complications may be the consequence of radiotherapy and chemotherapy in HL treatment, according to the study background.More

Study: Cancer cells 'disguise themselves as immune cells' to spread via lymphatic system
Medical News Today
Researchers have discovered an important clue about how cancer cells manage to locate and enter the lymphatic system — an important part of the immune system — as a way to travel to new sites to form secondary tumors.More

Special Commission on Cancer information session for ASCO attendees

ASCO Annual Meeting attendees that want to learn more about the Commission on Cancer — a quality program of the American College Surgeons — and the benefits of CoC accreditation are invited to attend a special Cancer Liaison Program Breakfast from 6:30-7:30 a.m. on Monday, June 1. The breakfast will be held in Regency CD of the Hyatt Regency McCormick Hotel at 2233 S Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, 60616. For additional information, please contact

A new way to use old tools against ovarian cancer
The Wall Street Journal
Cancer researchers have developed a new treatment strategy that holds promise for significantly extending the lives of women diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer, one of the toughest to treat and most lethal malignancies. The approach doesn't involve a hot new drug or technology. Instead, it's based on being smarter about using the longtime mainstay treatments for ovarian cancer: surgery and chemotherapy. More

Register by May 15 to avoid the fee increase for the NCDB Workshop and Survey Savvy

The National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) Workshop and Survey Savvy will be held in Chicago June 17-19. The NCDB Workshop, Maximizing NCDB Data to Improve Your Cancer Program, will review the current uses and future updates for the NCDB quality tools. Major NCDB quality tools will be reviewed with a focus on how the data can be used to inform decisions for cancer program administration and by cancer physicians. Learn about the uses for the cancer registry and how patient navigators can use the data.

Survey Savvy provides in-depth review of the information your cancer committee needs to coordinate a high-quality, patient-centered, multidisciplinary cancer program. Developed by Commission on Cancer (CoC) staff and CoC committee leadership, this program addresses your cancer program's most common questions, issues and concerns regarding CoC standards and compliance.

Whether your cancer program is preparing for a re-accreditation survey or looking for clarification on the standards, this program provides increased understanding of standard requirements and implementation. Through lectures, panel presentations and the opportunity to meet and speak with experts, cancer program members will learn how to use the CoC standards as a framework to develop a comprehensive cancer care program that delivers high-quality and patient-centered care. Plan now to attend these meetings.More

Men with high estrogen levels at greater risk of breast cancer
Science Codex
Men with naturally high levels of the female hormone oestrogen may have a greater risk of developing breast cancer, according to research by an international collaboration including Cancer Research UK published recently in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. This is the first time a link between oestrogen levels in the blood and male breast cancer has been identified, despite its connection to breast, womb and ovarian cancers in women. More

CoC and NAPBC provide tools to observe National Cancer
Survivors Day

June 7 marks the 28th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day, which brings cancer survivors together to show that there is life after receiving a diagnosis of cancer. The Commission on Cancer (CoC) and the National Accreditation Programfor Breast Centers (NAPBC) encourage your program to observe this day and use this as an opportunity to display/promote your CoC and NAPBC accreditation status. To help you promote this event within your program and the community, the CoC and the NAPBC have developed a poster that you can download and print. Programs that hold CoC accreditation or have both CoC and NAPBC accreditations can access the poster by going to CoC Datalinks and clicking on Marketing Resources. For programs that are solely NAPBC accredited, please use the link to the Marketing Resources website provided in your performance report email notification. For more information, contact