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Breast cancer drugs urged for healthy high-risk women
The New York Times
Should healthy women take drugs to lower their risk of breast cancer? An influential panel of experts said that the answer is yes, but only for certain women who are at increased risk because of breast cancer in the family or a personal history of breast lumps or other problems. Two drugs, tamoxifen and raloxifene, can lower the risk, and may be worth taking even though both can have serious adverse effects like blood clots and strokes, the experts said.
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Colon cancer screening tests: Important but not necessarily fully covered
The Washington Post
No one looks forward to screening tests for colon and rectal cancers. But under the Affordable Care Act, patients are at least supposed to save on out-of-pocket costs for them. Coverage is not always clear, however, and despite the federal government's clarifications, consumers still have questions.
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Patient navigator: A role for nurses that goes beyond clinical care
Oncology Nurse Advisor
A cancer diagnosis has the power to produce a myriad of overwhelming emotional responses, including shock, denial, anxiety, fear, grief and depression. A cancer patient's footpath through the healthcare system involves dealing with this host of feelings while juggling a multitude of medical tests and consultations to determine a definitive diagnosis and course of treatment.
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The Plastic Surgery Foundation now accepting applications for breast reconstruction grants
The Plastic Surgery Foundation
The Plastic Surgery Foundation announced it is accepting applications for its 2013 Breast Reconstruction Awareness Fund grant programs. The PSF will award a number of grants, up to $10,000 each, to nonprofit organizations that either provide charitable surgical care to breast reconstruction patients in financial need or are committed to increasing breast reconstruction awareness and education to women and their families.
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Some melanoma survivors still use tanning beds, skip sunscreen
American Association for Cancer Research
Although most survivors of melanoma take precautions to protect their skin from the sun and further occurrences of cancer, data presented at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013 revealed that more than a quarter do not use sunscreen when outside for more than an hour, and more than 2 percent still use tanning beds.
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Patient quality of life endpoints in oncology trials
CancerNetwork
Dr. Carol M. Moinpour answers the main challenges in incorporating quality of life or symptom measurement data into clinical trials: "One of the questions I always struggle with and solicit a lot of clinical input from physicians and nurses involved in trials, is identifying the appropriate time points for assessing quality of life in the trial, so that you are evaluating both treatment arms fairly, that you are minimizing missing data, and that you are collecting data at clinically meaningful times."
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Amazing new technological advances in healthcare
By Rosemary Sparacio
It probably does not surprise anyone just how much technology has affected our daily lives. But the impact of technology in healthcare has been and continues to be nothing short of astounding. And there is always more to come. At the Society of Interventional Radiology's 38th Annual Scientific Meeting, three new treatment advances were discussed: irreversible electroporation, cryoablation and cryoneurolysis. Here is a closer look at what each has to offer.
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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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Cancer as a psychological trauma
Plos.org
Does diagnosis and treatment of cancer leave many people suffering from PTSD? Cancer is routinely portrayed as a psychological trauma in the media. Dramatizing it as traumatic is a standard way of introducing psychological studies of cancer. A diagnosis of cancer can be life-altering, but the assumption that it typically proves to be traumatic does not survive a confrontation with available evidence.
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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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Treating complex cancer pain — looking outside the box
OncLive
When treating complex cancer pain cases, clinicians should "look outside the box" and consider new agents, as well as new uses and administration routes for older agents, two leading experts on cancer pain treatment.
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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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Disgust may play role in avoidance of colorectal cancer screening, therapy
Healio
The emotion of disgust appears to play a part in promoting psychological and behavioral avoidance of colorectal cancer screening and treatment, according to recent study results.
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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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