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Cancer centers racing to map patients' genes
The New York Times
Electric fans growl like airplanes taking off and banks of green lights wink in a basement at Mount Sinai' medical school, where a new $3 million supercomputer makes quick work of huge amounts of genetic and other biological information.
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79 cancer care facilities receive national achievement award from American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer
American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer
The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted its 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award to a select group of 79 accredited cancer programs throughout the United States. Award criteria were based on qualitative and quantitative surveys conducted last year.
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Papillary thyroid cancer can recur, kill decades later
Medscape
Although survival following papillary thyroid cancer is high, a small but significant number of recurrences and deaths occur decades after diagnosis, a long-term study has found.
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A different view of cancer cells
MIT News
Most cancer deaths are caused by metastatic tumors, which break free from the original cancer site and spread throughout the body. For that to happen, cancer cells must undergo many genetic and physical changes. Many of those genetic changes have been studied extensively, but it has been more difficult to study the physical changes. Now, MIT researchers have developed a way to study three key physical properties of cancer cells — their mass, stiffness and friction — on a large scale.
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Women and breast cancer drugs
The Boston Globe
A government task force recommended that women at high risk of breast cancer consider taking drugs to prevent the disease. The primary care physicians on the panel reaffirmed their previous recommendations made back in 2002, but few high-risk women have opted to take the estrogen-blocking medications — either tamoxifen or raloxifene — and, more than likely, very few will do so in the future.
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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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Early palliative care referral for the patient who has terminal cancer
Journal of the American Academy of Physicians Assistants
Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States. Over the past 2 decades, PAs have become an integral part of the oncology team, primarily because of the time constraints placed on physicians and the need for additional competent medical providers as the number of patients with cancer continues to rise each year.
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Prostate cancer may be compromised by on-and-off treatment approach
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Taking a break from hormone-blocking prostate cancer treatments once the cancer seems to be stabilized is not equivalent to continuing therapy, a new large-scale international study finds. Based on previous smaller studies, it looked like an approach called intermittent androgen deprivation therapy might be just as good as continuous androgen deprivation in terms of survival.
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Register today 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. Limited space is available.
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Endometrial cancer at young age ups risk for colorectal cancer
CancerNetwork
Women diagnosed with endometrial cancer at age 50 or younger had a fourfold increased risk for a subsequent colorectal cancer diagnosis, according to a historical cohort study published recently in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
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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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Mammograms reveal response to common cancer drug
Science Daily
Researchers at Karolinska Institute have developed a method for assessing the effect of tamoxifen, a common drug to prevent the relapse of breast cancer. The key lies in monitoring changes in the proportion of dense tissue, which appears white on a mammogram, during treatment. Women who show a pronounced reduction in breast density during tamoxifen treatment have a 50 percent reduction in breast cancer mortality.
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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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