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Cancer screening rates fall below CDC target goals
Medscape (login required)
When it comes to cancer screening, the Healthy People initiative is short of meeting its targets, particularly for certain population subgroups. From 2008 to 2010, overall rates of breast and cervical cancer screening slightly decreased, but screening rates for colorectal cancer rose by seven percentage points. The rates of cancer screening and counseling by health care providers were also below designated targets. The report was published in the February issue of Preventing Chronic Disease.
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Vitamin D may double chances of surviving breast cancer
TIME
Vitamin D may be saving women with breast cancer. In a new study published in Anticancer Research, researchers found that breast cancer patients who had high levels of vitamin D were twice as likely to survive than women with low levels. They reviewed five studies that observed more than 4,440 women with breast cancer. "The study has implications for including vitamin D as an adjuvant to conventional breast cancer therapy," study co-author Dr. Heather Hofflich, an associate professor of medicine at the University of California San Diego, said in a press release.
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National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers presents the Pursuing Excellence through Accreditation Workshop
NAPBC
Plan now to attend the Pursuing Excellence through Accreditation Workshop May 23 in Chicago. Designed for centers seeking accreditation for the first time as well as centers due for re-accreditation, this program will increase your understanding of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) accreditation process and help you prepare for the survey visit. Space is limited, so please make sure you register early.
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Palliative chemotherapy: Harms and benefits weighed in new study
Medical News Today
Palliative chemotherapy is a treatment designed for terminal cancer patients to prolong survival and ease symptoms but not cure disease. Now, researchers have found that the therapy comes with certain harms, which they say need to be addressed. The researchers, from the Weill Cornell Medical College, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Harvard Medical School, have published their results in the BMJ.
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A message from President Obama on National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
The White House
Colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, claims more than 50,000 American lives each year. Because the odds of survival rise dramatically when this cancer is caught early, calling attention to it can save lives. During National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we aim to improve public understanding of risk factors and screening recommendations, reach for better treatments, and set our sights on a cure.
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Save the date for the 2014 CoC workshop — Strengthening Your Cancer Program...Enriching the Coordinators' Role
Commission on Cancer
On June 19-20 in Chicago, the Commission on Cancer (CoC) will be holding a new workshop entitled Strengthening Your Cancer Program…Enriching the Coordinators' Role. This program provides information and case studies on the roles and responsibilities of the various CoC-designated coordinators. The two-day program will cover what the various coordinators' roles are, what their roles on the cancer committee involve, and how to meet and improve the required responsibilities based on the CoC Standards. Registration for the program opens soon. Registration for the program opens soon. Program fees are $650 if registration is received on or before May 15 and $750 if registration is received after May 15.
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Unexpected cell-hijack method revealed in pancreatic cancer
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Pancreatic stellate cells, which normally aid tissue repair, unwittingly help pancreatic cancer grow and spread in a method of cell hijack only seen before in brain and breast cancer, according to new research. The research also revealed that the process can be blocked, thereby preventing the growth and spread of the tumor. The study set out to investigate the messaging mechanisms between cancer cells and the thick, fibrous stroma tissue that coats pancreatic tumors. It is this tissue that is believed to provide a nutrient-rich 'soil' in which cancer cells can grow.
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Grape seed promising against colon cancer
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Grape seed can aid the effectiveness of chemotherapy in killing colon cancer cells as well as reducing chemotherapy side effects, according to new research. Combining grape seed extracts with chemotherapy has potential as a new approach for colon cancer treatment — both to reduce intestinal damage commonly caused by cancer chemotherapy and to enhance its effect. Lead author Amy Cheah, PhD, of the University of Adelaide in South Australia, explained that there is a growing body of evidence about the antioxidant health benefits of grape seed tannins or polyphenols as anti-inflammatory agents and, more recently, for their anti-cancer properties.
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Save the date — New half-day workshop 'Strengthening Your Cancer Program... Utilizing the Rapid Quality Reporting System to Comply with the New Commendation Standard'
Commission on Cancer
This program will be held on June 18 in Chicago, the day before the 2014 CoC Workshop — Strengthening Your Cancer Program…Enriching the Coordinators’ Role. This workshop will provide important information to help your program comply with the new commendation standard that requires programs, from initial enrollment and throughout the three-year accreditation period, to participate in RQRS. Registration for the program opens soon, and the registration fees are $250 if registration is received on or before May 15 and $300 if registration is received after May 15, 2014.
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Latest prostate cancer study adds to debate
The Boston Globe
New findings from a two-decade-long clinical trial of Swedish prostate cancer patients will probably fuel the debate over the best way to treat men diagnosed with early, slow-growing tumors. The study, conducted by researchers from Sweden and the Harvard School of Public Health, found that men under age 65 who had their prostate gland surgically removed were less likely to die from their cancer than those who were not treated unless their cancer progressed — a strategy called watchful waiting.
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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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Preop PET cuts lung cancer surgery
MedPage Today
Routine preoperative PET imaging led to a significant reduction in unnecessary surgery for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), a review of almost 1,000 cases showed. Overall, the rate of unnecessary operations, defined as discovery of metastatic disease during surgery, decreased by 13 percent, which did not achieve statistical significance, according to Steven Zeliadt, PhD, of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., and co-authors. After adjustment for confounding factors, however, unnecessary operations occurred almost 50 percent less often with preoperative PET imaging.
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Special notice to CoC programs accredited in 2013
Commission on Cancer
If your cancer program has been surveyed since January 2013 and received Full Accreditation (without Contingency), make sure to monitor your e-mail account, including your spam folder, for an e-mail from CoC Accreditation and Standards, which includes your username and password for ordering your one complimentary Certificate of Accreditation through The Award Group, the CoC’s exclusive distributor. The CoC has been informed that there are several program that have not requested their certificate. Please note that only the Cancer Program Administrator (CPA) has access to the this website to order complimentary Accreditation Certificates; the CPA and Marketing/Public Relations Director can order certificate frames, CoC-accredited program banners, and other promotional items. If your Cancer Program Administrator at your recently accredited program has not ordered the complimentary certificate, please contact Jamie George at jgeorge@theawardgroup.com so that the e-mail with the username and password can be resent.
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