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MRI improves breast cancer screening in older BRCA carriers
Cancer Network
Adding magnetic resonance imaging to a mammogram improves the sensitivity of breast cancer screening in women 50 years of age or older who are BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation carriers. While there is currently no consensus on whether the addition of MRI is necessary in breast screening protocols, these new results suggest that it should be reconsidered for this patient population, said the study authors.
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Study: 1.5 million lives spared by cancer death rate reduction in 20 years
ABC News
More than 1.5 million lives were spared thanks to a nationwide decrease in cancer deaths in the past 20 years, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society. The report out recently reveals cancer deaths have dropped 22 percent since 1991. If they hadn't and had continued climbing — as they had between 1940 and 1991 — an additional 1,071,600 men and 447,700 women would have died, according to the report.
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Suspicious breast mass may pose greater risk than previously thought
Reuters
A type of "benign" mass found in the breast tissue of about 100,000 U.S. women each year poses a greater risk of cancer than previously thought, according to a new review. The mass is classified as atypical hyperplasia, or atypia. Most women who have it — and one out of 10 women who have a breast biopsy do — are usually told that their test result was benign, even though their cells seemed to be exhibiting some early characteristics of a tumor.
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Daniel McKellar, MD, FACS, CoC chair, speaking at the SSO Pre-Meeting
The Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) is offering a half-day Pre-Meeting "Update Course in Surgical Oncology for the Practicing Surgeon" from 1-6 p.m on Wednesday, March 25 in Houston at the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel. This session brings together a number of the most influential thought leaders in surgical oncology speaking about controversies, changing standards of care, and practical information for the management of common malignancies and more. CoC Chair Daniel McKellar, MD,FACS, will address "How the Commission on Cancer Serves the Needs of Surgical Oncologists and Patients with Cancer." In addition the following individuals will be sharing their expertise: Armando Guiliano, MD (axilla), Monica Morrow, MD (breast cancer margins), Barbara Lynn Smith, MD, PhD, (nipple-sparing mastectomy), Merrick Ross, MD, (melanoma), Ashok Shaha, MD (thyroid cancer), Kelly Hunt, MD, (clinical trials), José G. Guillem, MD, MPH (colorectal cancer), and Harald Hoekstra, MD, PhD (Global issues. Time will be available for questions and discussions. Save the date now, and plan to arrive a day early in Houston to attend this special course. For further information visit the SSO 2015 schedule.
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Registration now open for Accreditation 101: Learning the Basics of CoC Accreditation and Standards
ACS
The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons, encourages you to attend Accreditation 101: Learning the Basics of CoC Accreditation and Standards in Chicago on February 27, 2015. This program provides practical information on how to achieve compliance and discusses your role as a member of a patient-centered, multidisciplinary cancer care team. This is the only education program that is developed and taught by CoC surveyors and staff. Learn how to turn theory into reality and see how the CoC standards can be used as a guide for the development of a high-quality program that treats patients with cancer.
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Cancer prevention guidelines may lower risk of obesity-linked cancers
Medical Xpress
Low alcohol consumption and a plant-based diet, both healthy habits aligning with current cancer prevention guidelines, are associated with reducing the risk of obesity-related cancers, a New York University study shows. The findings appear in the journal Cancer Causes & Control.
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US cancer deaths fell 22 percent since 1991
Reuters
More than 1.5 million Americans avoided death from cancer since 1991 thanks to falling smoking rates and better cancer prevention, detection and treatments, according to a study from the American Cancer Society. The overall rate of deaths from cancer decreased from about 215 per 100,000 people in 1991 to about 169 per 100,000 people in 2011, researchers found.
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CAP awarded California Department of Public Health and California Cancer Registry grant
College of American Pathologists
The College of American Pathologists (CAP), the world's largest organization of board-certified pathologists, has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the California Department of Public Health and the California Cancer Registry (CCR). The funding lays the foundation for California hospitals to securely transmit live data to CCR using the CAP's electronic Cancer Checklists (eCC).
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Cancer vaccine ImMucin shows promising results after clinical trial; may work on 90 percent of all cancer types
Medical Daily
Researchers in Israel have taken a truly innovative approach toward treating cancer in their attempt to harness the body's own immune system to fight off the disease. Based on clinical trials for a cancer vaccine, called ImMucin, results look promising. According to Vaxil BioTherapeurtics, ImMucin's makers, in Nes Ziona, Israel, the cancer vaccine triggers an immune response in about 90 percent of all types of cancer.
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Ability to culture 'organoids' set to transform pancreatic cancer research
Medical News Today
The researchers report how they used the new organoid technique to grow pancreatic tissue from cells isolated from lab mice and human patients in the journal Cell. There is a desperate need for radical new approaches in the fight against pancreatic cancer — a deadly disease where only 6 percent of patients live more than five years after diagnosis. It is notoriously difficult to spot pancreatic cancer in the early stages and most cases are only diagnosed after it has started to spread.
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NCDB to accept PUF Applications January 2015
ACS
The National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) is pleased to announce it will now be accepting applications on a semi-annual basis. From Jan. 5-31, the NCDB will accept applications for organ-site specific files including cases diagnosed between 1998 and 2012. In July 2015, the NCDB will begin accepting applications for organ-site specific files including cases diagnosed between 1998 and 2013.
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