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Surgery better than endoscopy for some early esophageal cancers
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For early-stage esophageal cancer, traditional surgical resection has better outcomes than endoscopic resection, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. This is the largest study to date comparing the two procedures for the treatment of the condition.
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Scientists discover gene that prevents lung cancer metastasis
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Scientists have identified a gene responsible for stopping the movement of cancer from the lungs to other parts of the body, indicating a new way to fight one of the world's deadliest cancers. By identifying the cause of this metastasis, which often happens quickly in lung cancer and results in a bleak survival rate, scientists are able to explain why some tumors are more prone to spreading than others. The newly discovered pathway, detailed in Molecular Cell, may also help researchers understand and treat the spread of melanoma and cervical cancers.
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2014 Commission on Cancer Annual Update notification
Commission on Cancer
All Commission on Cancer (CoC)-accredited programs scheduled for survey during 2015-2016 should note that the Program Activity Record (PAR) Annual Update period will run from July 1 to September 30, 2014. In order to maintain your CoC accreditation, your program must complete this activity within the specified timeframe. No extensions will be granted. Questions about the PAR or Annual Update should be e-mailed to SAR@facs.org. Questions regarding your CoC Datalinks user ID and password should be e-mailed to CoCdatalinks@facs.org.
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Genomic analysis of prostate cancer indicates best course of action after surgery
Medical Xpress
There is controversy over how best to treat patients after they've undergone surgery for prostate cancer. Does one wait until the cancer comes back or provide men with additional radiation therapy to prevent cancer recurrence? Now, a new study from Thomas Jefferson University shows that a genomic tool can help doctors and patients make a more informed decision.
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Search for curative therapies continues in lung cancer
OncLive
Curative strategies for patients with advanced lung cancer remain elusive despite several exciting advancements, according to Paul A. Bunn, Jr., MD, and Primo N. Lara, Jr., MD, who delivered keynote lectures during the 15th Annual International Lung Cancer Congress. Survival has been substantially prolonged by new treatment strategies for patients with advanced non–small-cell lung cancer.
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    Single-fraction RT as effective as multiple-fraction RT for palliation of bone metastases
    Science Codex
    Standardizing prescribing practices for single-fraction radiation therapy (SFRT) for palliation of bone metastases could lead to cost savings and improvement in patients' quality of life, according to a study published in the Aug. 1, 2014, edition of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics (Red Journal), the official scientific journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).
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    Negative HPV more predictive for low cervical cancer risk than negative Pap
    Oncology Nurse Advisor
    In the United States, human papillomavirus (HPV) and Papanicolaou (Pap) cotesting for cervical cancer every five years in women age 30 to 65 years is now recommended. However, the HPV test alone may provide better reassurance against cervical cancer than the Pap test alone and similar reassurance to cotesting, according to a new study.
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    Accreditation 101 — Register by Aug. 11 to save $100
    Commission on Cancer
    Plan now to attend Accreditation 101 — Learning the Basics of CoC Accreditation and Standards in San Antonio, Texas, on Friday, September 12, 2014. The program agenda will provide information on how to meet the standards and prepare for your accreditation survey. Review the program brochure and see for yourself why the February program sold out! Register today, and do not forget to make your hotel reservation while space is still available.
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    Pancreatic cancer study finds new genetic risk markers
    Medical News Today
    After comparing the DNA of thousands of people with and without the disease, a new study has identified five genetic markers for pancreatic cancer that raise the risk for developing the deadly disease. The international consortium of scientists reports the findings in the journal Nature Genetics. The discovery is the result of a third project in a series of genome-wide association studies that began in 2006 under the auspices of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cohort Consortium.
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    Patient navigation may lead to better breast cancer care in high risk and minority women
    News-medical.net
    Patient navigation, or the linking of a newly diagnosed cancer patient with a professional trained in assisting patients though the complex journey of cancer diagnosis and treatment, may lead to better breast cancer care in high risk and minority women. The findings, recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, is the first national study to show a relationship between navigators and the initiation of certain recommended treatments in breast cancer.
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