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Young age and aggressive treatment in colon cancer
JAMA
Colon cancer is increasing among adults younger than 50 years. However, the prognosis of young-onset colon cancer remains poorly defined given significant age-related demographic, disease and treatment differences.
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Regional node irradiation in breast cancer improves overall survival
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Irradiation of regional nodes in patients with stage I, II, or III breast cancer has a marginal effect on overall survival with a median follow-up of 10.9 years, according to a study by the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer. The results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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Chicago researchers roll out best practices for supportive care of cancer patients
PR Newswire
Northwestern Medicine and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University are working with key community stakeholders to guide the implementation of best practices for distress screening and survivorship care among cancer patients across the Chicago community as part of the Coleman Supportive Oncology Initiative funded by the Coleman Foundation. Distress screening involves care providers administering surveys to identify physical and emotional burdens cancer patients may be experiencing and then providing access to the care and resources needed to address patient needs.
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NAPBC and CoC provide online poster to observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month
ACS
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the Commission on Cancer (CoC) encourage your program to promote the event and use it as an opportunity to display/promote your accreditation status. To help you publicize this event within your program and the community, the NAPBC and the CoC have created a poster that you can download and print. Programs that are solely CoC accredited or accredited by both the CoC and NAPBC can access the poster by logging into CoC Datalinks and clicking on Marketing Resources. For programs that are solely NAPBC accredited, please use the link to the Marketing Resources website provided in your performance report email notification. For more information, contact srubin@facs.org.
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Organ transplantation linked to greater risk of aggressive melanoma
Medical News Today
A new study finds patients who undergo an organ transplant are at greater risk of developing melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer — and are at even higher risk of dying from the disease, compared with individuals who do not have a transplant.
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Attend the Aug. 25 AJCC Curriculum Module — registrars earn 2 free
CE hours

ACS
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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Lasers could help doctors diagnose cancer earlier, more reliably and less invasively
Tufts University via Medical Xpress
It's everyone's worst nightmare: a lump found in a breast, a questionable polyp spotted in a routine colonoscopy. A tiny bit of diseased tissue that could be the sign of life-threatening cancer. Identifying suspicious growths like these is just the beginning of a long road toward diagnosis and eventual treatment. At the moment, the only way to verify if cells are diseased is to perform a biopsy, a minor surgery in which doctors and pathologists remove a small piece of tissue and inspect thin slices of it under the microscope. It's a painstaking process, and according to Irene Georgakoudi, it's an imperfect one.
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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. There's still time to register.
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Jimmy Carter's diagnosis: How the elderly fare with cancer
NBC News
Former President Jimmy Carter's cancer diagnosis, at age 90, is spotlighting how doctors treat cancer in the elderly. Carter hasn't revealed what type of cancer he has, although his father, brother and two sisters died after battles with pancreatic cancer. Twenty-eight percent of new cancer cases are diagnosed in people over 75, according to the American Cancer Society — an estimated 465,000 new cases this year alone.
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Pre-order ACS Clinical Congress Webcasts and save
ACS
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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MRI scanners can steer tumor busting viruses to specific target sites within the body
University of Sheffield via Medical Xpress
Scientists from the University of Sheffield have discovered magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners, normally used to produce images, can steer cell-based, tumor busting therapies to specific target sites in the body. MRI scanners have been used since the 1980s to take detailed images inside the body — helping doctors to make a medical diagnosis and investigate the staging of a disease.
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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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