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Colon cancer hits younger adults especially hard
HealthDay via WebMD
Younger adults with colorectal cancer that has spread to other areas of the body have a higher risk of disease progression and death than middle-aged patients, a new study finds. Colorectal cancer in elderly patients is also more aggressive than it is in the middle-aged, the study says. Researchers analyzed data from more than 20,000 patients who took part in 24 phase-3 clinical trials for colorectal cancer. Patients younger than 40 years old were 30 percent more likely to die from their disease than 57-year-old patients.
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CQIP is coming — Will your data be ready by Nov. 1?
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Nov. 1, 2013 is the deadline to audit and correct your CP³R data for 2010 and 2011, which in part will populate the first CQIP 2013 annual report scheduled to be released on Nov. 30, 2013. Please note that only CP³R data updated by Nov. 1, 2013, will be included in your CQIP 2013 report. Your data in the CQIP 2013 report is only as good as the data you have submitted to the NCDB.
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Mutated stem cells trigger pituitary tumors in children
Medical Xpress
A type of pituitary tumor known as craniopharyngioma appears to form via a different mechanism to that thought to occur in more common tumors, according to a paper in the journal Cell Stem Cell. The novel findings, generated by a team led by the UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH), will be further explored to better understand how cell signaling triggers the growth of such tumors — the third most common brain tumor in children — and whether new treatments could be devised to block these signals.
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Weighing surgeries in light of a breast cancer gene
The New York Times
When Tracy Dunbrook, a bioethicist in Sherman, Conn., tested positive for the BRCA gene mutation, she was told she had a 40 percent to 60 percent chance of developing ovarian cancer in her lifetime. Doctors advised her to have her ovaries removed. She considered going further and having a hysterectomy, in which her uterus would be removed, but in the end opted for the standard of care: a procedure known as risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy (RRSO), removal of her ovaries and fallopian tubes. Five years later, she was given a diagnosis of Stage 3 uterine cancer.
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Oncologists call for radical solution to global cancer problem
Medscape
A new report with contributions from more than 100 cancer specialists across the world highlights the huge differences in cancer care between countries and proposes a new way of financing a solution to the global cancer problem — a public/private partnership. "Radical solutions are urgently needed," concludes the State of Oncology report, presented at the European Cancer Congress 2013.
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Walking tied to lower risk for breast cancer
Medical News Today
A large study published recently in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention found that walking was linked to a lower risk for breast cancer in women who have gone through menopause, and for whom walking was their only form of physical activity in leisure time. The findings add to a growing pile of evidence linking regular exercise with lower risk for breast cancer.
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Help us improve AJCC cancer staging resources!
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Thyroid cancer may hike risk of CVD mortality
MedPage Today
Patients with differentiated thyroid cancer had a greater risk of dying from cardiovascular disease compared with their peers who did not have cancer, even after accounting for traditional cardiovascular risk factors, a Dutch study showed. The risk of cardiovascular mortality during follow-up was more than three times as high (hazard ratio 3.35, 95 percent CI 1.66-6.74), and the risk of all-cause mortality was more than four times as high (HR 4.40, 95 percent CI 3.15-6.14), according to Joop Lefrandt, MD, PhD, of the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands, and colleagues.
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Immune system harnessed to fight pancreatic cancer
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Substantial tumor regressions among some patients with advanced pancreatic cancer occurred in a recent clinical trial that paired the standard chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer, gemcitabine, with an agonist CD40 antibody. A novel, real-time imaging approach monitored tumor response to the immunotherapy and found differences in how primary and metastatic disease sites shrank.
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Working through all the cancer diagnosis 'what if's'
Oncology Nurse Advisor
When a patient plays out all possible scenarios of a cancer diagnosis is that gloom and doom? If it gives patients and family a chance to anticipate what might happen and to practice how to react, how does that impact communication? What is your response when a patient wants to explore all the possible outcomes of his or her diagnosis? Do you feel inclined to discourage this? Does it make you uncomfortable?
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A brand new look for AJCC
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Over the past year, AJCC volunteers and staff have worked to reaffirm and further define our mission to provide worldwide leadership in the development, promotion, and maintenance of evidence-based systems for the classification and management of cancer.

In the months ahead, we will announce many new changes and objectives for the organization.

We are pleased to introduce our new logo, website, and Twitter profile.

We hope you will enjoy AJCC's enhanced online presence as much as we do. We welcome your comments, thoughts, and suggestions. E-mail us or tweet using #AJCCLaunch.

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