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Increased incidence of thyroid cancer due to increase in diagnoses
Oncology Nurse Advisor
The increased incidence of thyroid cancer appears to be associated with an “epidemic of diagnosis” and not disease, according to a new study. An increase in thyroid cancer previously has been reported, largely due to the detection of small papillary cancers, a common and less aggressive form of the disease, according to the study background. Since 1975, the incidence of thyroid cancer has nearly tripled from 4.9 to 14.3 per 100,000 people, with virtually the entire increase due to papillary thyroid cancer (from 3.4 to 12.5 per 100,000 people).
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CQIP report now available from Datalinks
The CoC Source
The Cancer Quality Improvement Program (CQIP) report is now available! This new resource is an annual report that provides your CoC-accredited program with extensive data related to the quality of cancer care that your patients received. You can use the analysis of the data your program has provided to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) and comparisons with national data from more than 1,500 CoC-accredited programs to develop plans and processes to ensure that your program continues to provide high-quality, patient-centered cancer services to prevent, screen, diagnose, treat, and monitor the population you serve.
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The Recovery Room Show — New episode available
ACS
You understand health, but do you understand medicine? Making sense of modern medicine, The Recovery Room, supported by the American College of Surgeons and hosted by Frederick L. Greene, MD, FACS, is an audio conversation with experts in surgery, medicine, ethics, and public health about the latest developments in medicine and health care. The latest episode, "Smoking Cessation and the Surgical Patient," is now available. It features Eric Skipper, MD, FACS, chief of adult cardiothoracic surgery at the Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, Charlotte, N.C., and Michael Rosen, MD, FACS, professor of surgery and chief of GI and general surgery at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
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Supplement use with cancer treatment: Helpful or harmful?
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Hoping to improve their symptoms and outcomes, many patients with cancer consume antioxidants, herbs, and other dietary supplements while undergoing radiotherapy and chemotherapy — usually without telling the clinicians who are caring for them. Oncology team members should seek open discussions with patients about these alternative treatments, including the unknowns and potential risks associated with their use during cancer treatment.
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New CoC Standards manual (Version 1.2.1) is now available for download
CoC Source
Late in 2013, the Accreditation Committee approved important changes to Standard 1.3 that will affect all CoC-accredited programs and new programs working toward accreditation. This communication outlines several changes to this standard. A new CoC Standards manual (Version 1.2.1) is now available for download through the CoC website at http://www.facs.org/cancer/coc/programstandards2012.html. Replacement pages for Version 1.2 can also be downloaded from the same page. All changes were effective Jan.1; therefore, we encourage you to read this communication, the new standard‘s definition and requirements, and the ratings in Version 1.2.1 so that the changes can be addressed at your first quarter cancer committee meeting in 2014.
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Chemotherapy is indicated, yet used infrequently, in patients with MIBC
OncLive
Urothelial carcinoma is the most common histologic subtype of bladder cancer and accounts for 90 percent of all cases. In the United Sates, more than 72,000 new cases of bladder cancer and about 15,000 deaths were estimated in 2013. In patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancers (MIBC), pathologic stage and nodal status are the most important prognostic factors for progression and overall survival. Radical cystectomy alone is associated with a five-year survival rate of 80 percent for organ-confined disease without lymph node metastasis. However, patients with extravesical disease and patients with lymph node involvement have a five-year survival rate of approximately 40 percent to 50 percent and 15 percent to 35 percent, respectively.
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AACR-ACS Award for Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention to honor Dr. Curtis C. Harris
AACR
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) will recognize Curtis C. Harris, MD, with the 23rd Annual AACR-ACS Award for Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention at the AACR Annual Meeting 2014, to be held in San Diego, Calif., April 5-9. Harris is head of the molecular genetics and carcinogenesis section of the Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, Md.
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Breast cancer spread may be reduced by silencing a gene
Medical News Today
Myoferlin, a protein only recently linked to cancer, may help breast cancer cells transform so they can escape tumors and migrate to new sites. When researchers implanted mice with breast cancer cells that couldn't make the protein because its gene was switched off, the cells did not transform into the type that migrates. Researchers at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio had already shown this was happening in cell cultures. Now in a study published in the journal PLOS ONE, they describe how they got similar results in mice.
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Lung, colorectal cancer less likely in fit men
Renal & Urology News
Men who maintain good physical fitness have a lower risk of lung and colorectal cancer, according to study findings presented at the 2013 American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting. The study, by Susan G. Lakowski, MD, and colleagues, prospectively followed a cohort of 17,049 men with a mean age of 50 years undergoing preventative health at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, Texas, over more than 20 years. The V02max was calculated for each patient during a treadmill test to assess cardiorespiratory fitness.
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New Ohio law incorporates NAPBC standards
ACS
A law that incorporates the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) standards relating to mastectomy and reconstructive surgery will take effect in Ohio on March 20. Under this law, also known as the Lizzie B. Byrd Act, a surgeon, or a health care professional designated by a surgeon, who performs a mastectomy in a hospital must guide the patient through provided or referred services in a manner consistent with NAPBC standards.
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