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Value in cancer care: It's time for change
Clinical Oncology
For years, healthcare experts have been sounding the alarm that rising healthcare costs are unsustainable and saying that more emphasis needs to be placed on value, particularly in cancer care. In late June, the American Society of Clinical Oncology released a conceptual framework for assessing the value of cancer treatment options. The document proposes a methodology to compare the relative clinical benefits, side effects and costs of treatment regimens that have been tested head-to-head in randomized clinical trials.
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Colorectal cancer screening: Give your patients options
Medscape
VideoBriefColorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States and the third most common cancer. It's an equal-opportunity cancer, affecting men and women of all races and ethnicities. In 2011, the most recent year for which we have data, more than 135,000 people in this country were diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 51,000 died from it.
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Common class of 'channel blocking' drugs may find a role in cancer therapy
University of California, San Francisco via Medical Xpress
Drugs called ion channel blockers, which are commonly used to treat cardiac, neurological and psychiatric disorders, might prove useful in cancer therapy, according to research findings discovered by UC San Francisco scientists using fruit flies and mice. This research led to unconventional treatment of a case of metastatic brain cancer.
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The AJCC Curriculum for Registrars Module IV lessons are now available, and the Lesson 28 webinar will be held on Aug. 25. Completing it provides two CE hours for free. Register now and prepare by reviewing the self-study lessons. Please view the Module I, Module II and Module III recorded webinars if you missed them since each module builds upon the previous one, and no information will be repeated. Additional information is available on the AJCC website.
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Shorter course of high-dose radiation therapy 'better for breast cancer patients'
Medical News Today
For women with early-stage breast cancer, a shorter course of radiation therapy at higher doses may be less toxic and lead to better life quality than a longer course at lower doses. This finding is according to two new studies published in JAMA Oncology.
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NIH analysis shows Americans are in pain
National Institutes of Health
A new analysis of data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey has found that most American adults have experienced some level of pain, from brief to more lasting pain, and from relatively minor to more severe pain. The analysis helps to unravel the complexities of a nation in pain. It found that an estimated 25.3 million adults (11.2 percent) had pain every day for the preceding three months. Nearly 40 million adults (17.6 percent) experience severe levels of pain. Those with severe pain are also likely to have worse health status. The analysis was funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health and was published in The Journal of Pain.
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CoC announces mid-year OAA recipients
ACS
Congratulations to the 21 CoC-accredited programs that have received the 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award. Award criteria were based on qualitative and quantitative surveys conducted during the first half of 2015. Read more.
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Register now for Accreditation 101: Learning the Basics of CoC Accreditation and Standards
ACS
The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons, encourages you to attend Accreditation 101: Learning the Basics of CoC Accreditation and Standards in Baltimore on Sept. 11. This program provides practical information on how to achieve compliance and discusses your role as a member of a patient-centered, multidisciplinary cancer care team. This is the only education program that is developed and taught by CoC surveyors and staff. Learn how to turn theory into reality and see how the CoC standards are a guide for the development of a high-quality program that treats patients with cancer. Register before July 31 and receive a reduced rate.
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Women with ovarian cancer living longer than expected
Futurity
Almost one-third of California women with ovarian cancer survive at least 10 years after diagnosis. The findings upend the notion that women diagnosed with cancer of the ovary always face a poor chance of survival. In fact, while the study confirmed earlier findings on characteristics associated with ovarian cancer survival — younger age, earlier stage, and lower-grade tumors at diagnosis — it also identified a surprising number of long-term survivors who didn't meet those criteria.
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Save the date — NAPBC Best Practices Program — Nov. 14
ACS
The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers announces its inaugural Best Practices program. This is a unique opportunity to network with your peers as they share their internal processes and strategies to meet the NAPBC standards and ensure high-quality care for the cancer patient.

Plan now to attend the 2015 National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers Best Practices Program in Chicago, Nov. 14. There will be a welcome reception the evening of Nov. 13. Watch www.NAPBC-breast.org, social media and your email for detailed information coming soon.

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Classification system offers precise determination of effectiveness of surgical resection of gliomas
Oncology Nurse Advisor
A new procedure for analyzing radiologic imaging scans now makes it possible to predict the course of malignant gliomas relatively precisely. These findings have been published in Scientific Reports. Despite modern chemoradiation therapy, it is still very difficult to give reliable prognoses for malignant gliomas. Surgical removal of the glioma is still the preferred method of treatment. Doctors at Universitätsklinikum Erlangen's department of neurosurgery in Germany developed the Friedlein Grading A/B (FGA/B) classification system, which is named after physician Katharina Friedlein. It is a quick and precise way of determining whether surgical removal is the best possible treatment method for a given tumor.
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Pre-order ACS Clinical Congress Webcasts and save
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Register to attend the ACS Clinical Congress in Chicago, Oct. 4-8, and you can preorder the Webcasts today. This year's Clinical Congress includes more than 15 panel sessions in the Surgical Oncology Track that cover a variety of topics. For detailed information, please visit the Clinical Congress 2015 Web page. Note: Webcasts will be made available after Nov. 15. Purchase provides access to the 2015 Webcast sessions and expires Dec. 31, 2016.
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'Scoring system' may spot those in greatest need of colonoscopy
Annals of Internal Medicine via Medical Xpress
Colonoscopy can save lives, but experts agree that testing rates remain too low. Now, researchers say a special scoring system might point to those people at highest risk for colon cancer, who may need the test the most. The system might also make colon cancer screening more efficient and boost the number of people who get checked for the disease, said a team led by Dr. Thomas Imperiale of Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. One expert said more efforts are needed to get people to undergo colonoscopy, which is currently recommended once every 10 years beginning at age 50.
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