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Cancer clinics are turning away Medicare patients — blame the sequester
The Washington Post
Cancer clinics across the country have begun turning away thousands of Medicare patients, blaming the sequester budget cuts. Oncologists say the reduced funding, which took effect for Medicare on April 1, makes it impossible to administer expensive chemotherapy drugs while staying afloat financially.
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Fat-metabolism genes may predict breast cancer down to the ER subtype
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Lipid-metabolism genes are potential biomarkers of estrogen-receptor specific breast cancer risk, researchers have found. Because risk biomarkers that are specific to ER subtypes of breast cancer would aid the development and implementation of distinct prevention strategies, Dr. Seema A. Khan, coleader of the Breast Cancer Program at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University in Chicago, and colleagues sought to identify women at risk for ER-negative breast cancer.
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2 DC hospitals vie to establish costly cancer treatment option
The Washington Post
Two of the region's largest hospital systems are competing to offer a controversial cancer treatment — joining what critics say is a nationwide medical arms race as hospitals scramble for dominance by investing millions of dollars in technology that has not been proven to be better than cheaper alternatives for some cancers.
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The guided-missile cancer treatment
The Wall Street Journal
A powerful new tool for delivering lifesaving drugs is emerging, one that directs the medicines to microscopic targets in the body. These cancer treatments, called drug conjugates because they couple two therapies, basically work like guided missiles. A toxic warhead is strapped to a missile that homes in on and drops its payload on a specific tumor.
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ACP tells docs to limit use of PSA tests
ModernHealthcare.com
The American College of Physicians has issued new screening guidelines for prostate cancer, advising physicians to limit their use of prostate-specific antigen tests. In the 10-page statement, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the ACP urged primary-care physicians to review the associated risks and benefits with patients and to order PSA screening only for patients who expressly ask for it.
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Myriad may see positive revenue impact from classification of BRCA testing as 'preventive' service
Genomeweb (subscription)
In a document answering "frequently asked questions" recently released, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Treasury explained that asymptomatic women who meet the qualifying family history criteria for breast and ovarian cancer can receive BRCA testing at no cost sharing under nongrandfathered private insurance plans.
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Registration now open for Survey Savvy 2013
Commission on Cancer
Learn new methods for successful implementation of the CoC Standards at Survey Savvy: Enhance Quality – Commit to Patient Centered Care, June 27-28 in Chicago. Developed to provide information and tools for meeting the standard, the program highlights a variety of successful strategies to meet the patient navigation and survivorship care plan 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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USPSTF issues guidance on BRCA cancer screening
Nurse.com
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has posted a draft evidence report and draft recommendation statement on screening for risk assessment, genetic counseling and genetic testing for BRCA-related 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.
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Hay fever, asthma slightly reduced risk for death from colorectal cancer
Healio
People with hay fever and asthma are at a modestly reduced risk for colorectal cancer-related mortality compared with those with neither condition, according to recent results.
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Learn how surgeons can get involved in oncology clinical trials
American College of Surgeons Clinical Research Program
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 email clinicalresearchprogram@facs.org.
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Ovarian cancer vaccine made from tumors yields responses
Bloomberg
Scientists have crafted an experimental vaccine against advanced ovarian cancer that was safe and triggered an immune response using muscled-up blood cells primed by tumors that were taken from the patients.
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Palliative care decreases life-ending among cancer patients despite access to euthanasia
HealthDay via Oncology Nurse Advisor
In Belgium, between 1998 and 2007, euthanasia was legalized and palliative care was intensified, which led to an increase in end-of-life decisions and fewer life-ending acts without the patient's explicit request, according to research published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology
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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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