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CDC seeks young women to share personal stories in new breast cancer education campaign
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
While rare, breast cancer does affect women under the age of 45. In young women, the disease is more often hereditary than it is in older women. Young women, however, may not realize they are at risk for this disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new Bring Your Brave campaign will feature young women telling their personal stories about how their lives have been affected by breast cancer.
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Review highlights potential of cancer immunotherapy plus targeted therapy
HealthCanal
The prospect of combining genomically targeted therapies with drugs that free the immune system to attack cancer suggests "we are finally poised to deliver curative therapies to cancer patients," researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center note in a review in the April 9 edition of Cell.
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Stimulating both major branches of the immune system halts tumor growth more effectively
Massachusetts Institute of Technology via Medical Xpress
The human immune system is poised to spring into action at the first sign of a foreign invader, but it often fails to eliminate tumors that arise from the body's own cells. Cancer biologists hope to harness that untapped power using an approach known as cancer immunotherapy.
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Registrars earn 2 free CE hours by attending AJCC Curriculum Webinar
The AJCC Curriculum for Registrars Module II lessons are now available, and the Lesson 14 webinar will be held on April 21. Completing it provides two CE hours for free. Register now and prepare by reviewing the self-study lessons. Please view the Module I recorded webinar if you missed it since each module builds upon the previous one, and no information will be repeated. Go to the AJCC website for more information.
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Researchers develop breath test that could predict, diagnose stomach cancer
Medical News Today
A new study published in the journal Gut reveals how researchers have created a breath test that could be used to diagnose stomach cancer, as well as predict whether an individual is at high risk for the disease.
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Muscle-building supplements 'increase risk of testicular cancer'
Newsweek
The increased consumption of muscle-building supplements could explain the rising rate of testicular cancer in young men over the last three decades, according to researchers at Yale University. In a study published in the British Journal of Cancer, researchers found that men who had taken supplements with the ingredients creatine or androstenedione were more likely to have developed testicular cancer than those who did not.
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HPV vaccine for boys: Researchers push for related cancer prevention at a young age
Science World Report
Not all types of the human papillomavirus are thought to be connected to cancer, but statistics show that it is estimated to be responsible for more than 90 percent of anal and cervical cancers, about 70 percent of vaginal and vulvar cancers and over 60 percent of penile cancers.
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Register now for the NCDB Workshop and Survey Savvy
The National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) Workshop and Survey Savvy will be held in Chicago June 17-19. The NCDB Workshop, Maximizing NCDB Data to Improve Your Cancer Program, will review the current uses and future updates for the NCDB quality tools. Major NCDB quality tools will be reviewed with a focus on how the data can be used to inform decisions for cancer program administration and by cancer physicians. Learn about the uses for the cancer registry and how patient navigators can use the data.

Survey Savvy provides in-depth review of the information your cancer committee needs to coordinate a high-quality, patient-centered, multidisciplinary cancer program. Developed by Commission on Cancer (CoC) staff and CoC committee leadership, this program addresses your cancer program's most common questions, issues and concerns regarding CoC standards and compliance.

Whether your cancer program is preparing for a re-accreditation survey or looking for clarification on the standards, this program provides increased understanding of standard requirements and implementation. Through lectures, panel presentations and the opportunity to meet and speak with experts, cancer program members will learn how to use the CoC standards as a framework to develop a comprehensive cancer care program that delivers high-quality and patient-centered care. Plan now to attend these meetings.

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Pursuing Excellence through NAPBC Accreditation approved for 6.5 CEs from NCRA
Plan now to join us on April 24 at the Westin Westminster Denver-Boulder Hotel for the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) Pursuing Excellence through NAPBC Accreditation workshop. Attending this program — taught by experienced NAPBC committee members, board members, surveyors and staff — will give you the knowledge to develop and operate a high-quality breast center and achieve and maintain NAPBC accreditation. Registration for this program is now open.
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Gold nanoparticles may improve radiation treatment for cancer
Medical News Today
Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team from Brown University in Providence and the University of Rhode Island in Kingston says their proof-of-concept study could lead to improved cancer treatments. Treatments could be improved in two ways: either by using less radiation, thus reducing adverse effects to patients, or by boosting the ability of current doses to kill more cancer.
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Help the CoC demonstrate how accreditation makes a difference
ACS
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) is looking for your help. We are collecting evidence to demonstrate how CoC accreditation has improved patient outcomes and/or that your patients are receiving high-quality care and/or that your patients are more satisfied with their cancer care because they are cared for in a Commission on Cancer-accredited cancer program. Please send this information to srubin@facs.org.
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Special study targeting cancer surveillance in CoC-accredited programs launched April 1
Improving the current approach to surveillance after active treatment for cancer has been identified as a priority area by a number of organizations, including the Institute of Medicine, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and DEcIDE Cancer Consortium. The current guidelines do not account for individual risk and are based on limited evidence. To help address this gap, a Commission on Cancer (CoC) Special Study was launched April 1 to investigate follow-up and recurrence after cancer treatment in hopes of tailoring follow-up based on individual risk.

Participation in this special study is required by all CoC-accredited sites to fulfill Standard 5.7 (with the exception of Veterans Affairs facilities, pediatric facilities and facilities with a reference date after Jan. 1, 2008). The deadline for data submission is June 17, 2015. If this is the first you have heard of the study and want to know if your program's participation is required to meet Standard 5.7, please contact PCORIspecialstudy@facs.org.

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