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How patient navigation can cut costs and save lives
Bloomberg
"Mary," a patient at MetroHealth System in Cleveland was not sure how to move forward when her throat cancer recurred after radiation and chemotherapy treatment. Her options were narrowing and there was a point at which she considered not moving forward at all with treatment. But then, Mary decided to contact a patient navigator for help, and what started as a counseling call became a new lifeline.
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New prostate cancer tests may supplement PSA testing
The New York Times
Sophisticated new prostate cancer tests are coming to market that might supplement the unreliable P.S.A. test, potentially saving tens of thousands of men each year from unnecessary biopsies, operations and radiation treatments.
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Cancer screening to be more focused
Cambridge News
Future cancer screening may be improved by the use of genetic information, predicts new research led by the PHG Foundation and the University of Cambridge; but greater accuracy will come at the price of increased complexity.
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Registration open for Pursuing Excellence through Accreditation workshop
National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
Registration is now open for the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers' one-day workshop — Pursuing Excellence through Accreditation at the American College of Surgeons' headquarters in Chicago on May 24. This workshop will provide detailed information related to the NAPBC components and standards, survey process, the quality measures and related requirements for 2013 and beyond. Attendance at this workshop will assist centers applying for accreditation, as well as centers due for reaccreditation in 2013. If you have questions, please contact the NAPBC office at 312-202-5185, or by email at napbc@facs.org. Online registration is now open.
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Study: Older patients unaware of cancer screening changes
Indiana Public Media
Older patients are hesitant to stop receiving regular cancer screenings, despite medical experts saying they are unnecessary and can even be harmful, according to a study from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Center for Aging Research.
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Opinion: A plan to fix cancer care
The New York Times
The New York Times health policy commentator Ezekiel J. Emanuel writes: "This year, more than 1.6 million Americans — 0.5 percent of the population — will receive a diagnosis of cancer. Their treatment will consume at least 5 percent of the country's healthcare spending, at a cost that is growing faster than all other areas of medicine."
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Learn how surgeons can get involved in oncology clinical trials
Commission on Cancer
If you plan to attend the American Society of Breast Surgeons meeting May 1-5 in Chicago be sure to attend the surgical investigators meeting from 12:30-1:30 p.m. May 4 in the Columbia Room at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. Sponsored by the American College of Surgeons Clinical Research Program and the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, this lunch meeting will provide an informal venue for surgical investigators to network with one another about how to navigate the often complex world of oncology clinical trials. Speakers at the session will present information on Alliance breast cancer trials and how individual surgeons can get more involved in research opportunities and clinical trials offered by the ACS CRP and the Alliance. For more information, please emailclinicalresearchprogram@facs.org.
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Save the date for Survey Savvy 2013
Commission on Cancer
Plan to attend the Commission on Cancer Survey Savvy education program June 27-28 in Chicago. Developed to provide information and tools for meeting the standard, the program highlights a variety of successful strategies implemented by facilities to meet the patient-focused and quality standards. Panel presenters will facilitate a series of breakout sessions where participants will be engaged in developing an action plan to address challenging issues in their cancer program. Additional information on the program will be available soon.
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ASCCP releases updated consensus guidelines for managing abnormal cervical cancer screening tests, cancer precursors
PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
The American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology recently released the Updated Consensus Guidelines for Managing Abnormal Cervical Cancer Screening Tests and Cancer Precursors.
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Ziopharm cancer drug fails late-stage trial
Reuters
Ziopharm Oncology Inc. said it will stop developing its drug to treat soft tissue sarcoma after it failed to improve patient survival by keeping the cancer from worsening, wiping out nearly two-thirds of the company's market value.
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Google math predicts lung cancer's path
Futurity
A mathematical model like the one Google Search uses to rank webpages also offers insight into how lung cancer spreads. The researchers' findings could potentially impact clinical care by helping guide physicians to targeted treatment options designed to curtail the spread of lung cancer.
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Survey Savvy preconference RQRS workshop
Commission on Cancer
Commission on Cancer accredited programs have access to a number of data tools. Make sure that you are taking full advantage of the information available from the Rapid Quality Reporting System by attending this important half-day preconference in Chicago on June 26. Learn how to navigate the system, how to use the system for quality improvement, and how current users have successfully implemented and use RQRS within their cancer programs. Additional information on this preconference and Survey Savvy will be available soon.
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Ultrasound to combat liver tumors
CORDIS via Medical Xpress
Ultrasound can do much more than record images from the body. Powerful, concentrated ultrasound waves are focused in the patient's body to heat cancer cells to 60 degrees Celsius — destroying them and leaving healthy tissue largely unharmed.
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