CoC Brief
May. 22, 2013

Melanoma treatment harnesses immune system to combat cancer cells
The New York Times
Cancer researchers are growing increasingly enthusiastic about harnessing the body's own immune system to fight tumors. And new research shows that two drugs that use this approach may be even better than one.More

New tracking of a patient's radiation exposure
The Wall Street Journal
During a four-week hospital stay, 29-year-old Josh Page had so many CT scans that he lost track, kidding with his doctor about how much radiation he was exposed to — though he admits he had "no clue."More

Skin cancer remains the most common cancer in US, Americans urged to take action
The National Law Review
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, joined by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is recognizing "Don't Fry Day," to encourage Americans to take a few simple steps to protect their health and prevent skin cancer throughout the summer.More

GE Healthcare launches #GetFit cancer prevention campaign
GE Healthcare has launched its third annual #GetFit global public awareness campaign on cancer prevention. This year's campaign leverages social media channels including Instagram, Sina Weibo in China and Twitter to enable participation, interaction and engagement.More

New colonoscope shows promise for colorectal cancer screening
The Medical News
A ground-breaking advance in colonoscopy technology signals the future of colorectal care, according to research presented at Digestive Disease Week. Additional research focuses on optimizing the minimal withdrawal time for colonoscopies and exploring safer methods for removing polyps.More

Register today for Survey Savvy
Commission on Cancer
Registration is open for the 2013 Commission on Cancer's workshop Survey Savvy: Enhance Quality — Commit to Patient Centered Care, June 27-28 in Chicago. Take advantage of this opportunity to attend the optional preconference workshop "Leverage the Rapid Quality Reporting System to Improve Quality Performance and Deliver Evidence-Based Cancer Care" from 1-5 p.m. June 26. Space is limited, so register today! More

IMRT benefits in prostate cancer questioned
MedPage Today
Men with prostate cancer gained no obvious benefits from treatment with the dominant form of adjuvant radiation therapy as compared with an older, less expensive technique, an analysis of a government database suggests.More

National Cancer Survivors Day® free poster
Commission on Cancer
The CoC encourages your CoC-accredited program to organize an event in honor of National Cancer Survivors Day®. Sponsored by Coping, this day is always the first Sunday in June and was established to bring cancer survivors together showing that there is life after receiving a diagnosis of cancer.More

Computer games may improve 'chemo brain' in cancer patients
Fox News
Doing computer puzzles may improve thinking skills in women who've undergone chemotherapy, according to a Stanford study. In the study, breast cancer survivors who suffered from cognitive impairments due to chemotherapy, sometimes called chemo brain, showed enhanced cognitive functions after three months of playing online games, according to the researchers.More

Survey Savvy preconference: Setting up for Success — Implementation and Best Practices for the Rapid Quality Reporting System
Commission on Cancer
Do you know what the Rapid Quality Reporting System is? Are you a new RQRS participant learning the ropes? Is your cancer program considering enrolling in this important system? Make sure that know how to take full advantage of the information available to CoC accredited programs by attending this valuable half-day preconference in Chicago June 26! Hear how three current RQRS programs have integrated RQRS into their CoC-accredited programs. CoC staff will explain how to navigate and use the system for quality improvement. Register today while space is still available.More

Anti-CD47 antibody may offer new route to successful cancer vaccination
Medical Xpress
Scientists at the School of Medicine have shown that their previously identified therapeutic approach to fight cancer via immune cells called macrophages also prompts the disease-fighting killer T cells to attack the cancer.More