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New study finds overall hospital quality performance differs when comparing cancer operations with noncancer operations
American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program
New research findings released recently at the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program National Conference in San Diego, Calif., show that hospital quality measurement specific to cancer versus noncancer care provides a more accurate assessment of a hospital's overall quality performance.
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Dissent over a device to help find melanoma
The New York Times
To the casual observer's eye, the small brownish mole on Tanna Oppel's upper left arm looks like an insignificant, ovoid blotch. But on the screen of MelaFind, a new computer vision system for imaging skin lesions, a jagged blue line shows the actual border of the mole, revealing an irregular lesion roughly the shape of Texas.
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NCI: New databases will aid cancer research
Healio
Researchers at NCI have generated the largest dataset to date documenting cancer-specific genetic variations that will help researchers better understand the efficacy of cancer therapies.
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Study: Lung cancer screening more effective at preventing deaths for high-risk patients
Reuters via MedCity News
Using low-dose computed tomography scans to screen high-risk patients for lung tumors is far more effective at preventing lung cancer deaths than scanning those at low risk, according to a new analysis of more than 53,000 volunteers.
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Cold caps tested to prevent hair loss in cancer patients
The Associated Press via St. Louis Post Dispatch
Researchers are testing a new treatment to minimize hair loss due to chemotherapy. Utilizing a practice widely used in Europe and Canada, the experiment studies the hair preservation from cold caps that numb the scalp during the cancer treatment.
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8 things you need to know now about ICD-10
By Charlotte Bohnett
The United States is the last country in the world with modern healthcare to adopt ICD-10 diagnosis codes, but it will join the crowd on Oct. 1, 2014. This massive ICD-10 change is quickly approaching, and it affects all of us in the health care field. Thus, there is no time like the present to start your ICD-10 education. Here are the eight things you need to know now about ICD-10.
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An ounce of prevention — Slip! Slop! Slap! Wrap!
Meriden Record-Journal
"Slip! Slop! Slap! Wrap!" is the slogan of the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention: Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 or greater and is broad spectrum, slap on a wide-brimmed hat, and wrap on sunglasses.
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Omega-3s may raise prostate cancer risk
The New York Times
Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to have many health benefits. But they may have risks as well, including an increased risk for prostate cancer. In a nine-year prospective study, scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle took annual blood samples from 834 men diagnosed with prostate cancer and 1,393 men who were cancer free.
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Can aspirin help prevent colon cancer?
The Boston Globe
In a study published recently, Brigham and Women's Hospital researchers found that women who took a small dose of aspirin every other day for 10 years had a 20 percent lower risk of developing colon cancer over the next 16 years compared with those who took a placebo.
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New hope for hormone-resistant breast cancer
Science Daily
A new finding provides fresh hope for the millions of women worldwide with estrogen receptor positive breast cancer. Australian scientists have shown that a specific change, which occurs when tumours become resistant to anti-estrogen therapy, might make the cancers susceptible to treatment with chemotherapy drugs.
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Women want fertility info before cancer therapy
Futurity
A majority of young female cancer patients are unhappy with the way their doctors discuss available fertility options before chemotherapy or radiotherapy, new research reports. For the study, researchers surveyed 290 young cancer patients attending support group conferences organized by the Teenager Cancer Trust in 2004 and 2011.
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AJCC calls for contributors to Cancer Staging Manual, 8th Edition
American Joint Committee on Cancer
The American Joint Committee on Cancer is seeking cancer professionals to collaborate on the development of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual, 8th Edition.

A number of opportunities are available in two areas:
  • Disease Site Expert Panel: Members will research, write, review or otherwise contribute to chapter content.
  • Review Core: Members will provide expert review of all content in the areas of evidence-based medicine and statistics, precision medicine, cancer registry and surveillance and data harmonization.

    Access the application online. AJCC will not accept unsolicited curriculum vitaes. Only individuals who complete this application will be considered. The application period will close July 31. Contact ajcc@facs.org for more information.

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