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Surgical procedures still underused in early pancreatic cancer
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Surgical procedures are potentially curable for patients with early-stage pancreatic cancer, yet they remain underused in the United States, new research shows. Using the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database, researchers found that surgical procedures for localized pancreatic adenocarcinoma has not increased in the past two decades.
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Hypnosis therapy decreases fatigue in breast cancer patients
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Breast cancer patients receiving radiotherapy showed decreased fatigue as a result of cognitive behavioral therapy plus hypnosis, according to a new study. The results of a randomized controlled trial of 200 patients showed that the treatment group had significantly less fatigue than a control group both during treatment and for up to six months afterward. The study, recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, was led by Guy Montgomery, PhD, associate professor and director of the Integrative Behavioral Medicine Program in the department of oncological sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, N.Y.
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Version 3 of the CP³R now available
ACS
The latest version of the Cancer Program Practice Profile Reports (CP³R) has been posted with the following features:
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Hypertension, obesity tied to kidney cancer
MedPage Today
Increases in blood pressure and body mass were associated with greater risks of kidney cancer in U.S. men and women, analyses of two large datasets showed. Across increasing categories of systolic blood pressure and body mass index (BMI), the risk of incident kidney cancer rose in women and the risk of death from kidney cancer rose in men, according to Kathleen McTigue, MD, MPH, of the University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues.
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CDC: Higher leukemia risk for kids living near busy roads
USA Today
Young children who are exposed to high levels of vehicle exhaust — such as what they'd encounter living near busy roads in urban areas — appear to have a greater risk of childhood leukemia, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention review of seven previous studies. The CDC's systematic review, published in the April issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, says that in the U.S. an estimated 30 percent to 45 percent of people in large urban areas live near major roads, "suggesting increased exposure to traffic-related air pollution and risk of adverse health outcomes."
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Register now 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 hold 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. Register for the program. 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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Bariatric surgery lowers risk for uterine cancer
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Obese women could reduce their risk of developing uterine cancer by as much as 70 percent with bariatric surgery, according to new research. And if the women maintain a normal weight after the operation, this dramatic decrease in risk is even better — up to 81 percent, said lead investigator Kristy Ward, MD, from the University of California, San Diego. She presented the findings at the Society of Gynecologic Oncology 45th Annual Meeting on Women's Cancer in Tampa, Florida.
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Register now — Strengthening Your Cancer Program... Utilizing the Rapid Quality Reporting System to Comply with the New Commendation Standard
Commission on Cancer
Strengthening Your Cancer Program...Utilizing the Rapid Quality Reporting System to Comply with the New Commendation Standard will be held on June 18 in Chicago, the day before the 2014 CoC Workshop. 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 Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS). Register now for the program; 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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Patients have a right, not a duty, to know their diagnosis
Oncology Nurse Advisor
The experiences of doctors, patients, and providers of initial cancer consultations have informed new guidelines to help patients better understand their cancer consultations. The research, developed at the University of Leicester, in collaboration with University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Imperial College London in the United Kingdom, and published in the British Journal of Health Psychology, found patients' experiences of being given their diagnosis differed both between participants and within the same participant. This finding means a doctor's role in communicating information in a patient-centered way can be very difficult.
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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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Protein may predict bladder cancer surgery outcomes
Renal & Urology News
Heat shock protein 105 (Hsp105), a protein overexpressed in a variety of cancers, may be a novel prognostic indicator in patients who have undergone radical cystectomy for muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC), researchers reported. In a study of bladder cancer samples from 84 patients, Japanese investigators found that high expression of Hsp105 is independently associated with favorable cancer-specific survival (CSS), according to findings published in Molecular and Clinical Oncology.
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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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