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Health plans' success mixed in managing cancer care programs
Managed Care
Cancer is a major service line for most hospitals. It is one of the largest revenue producers, and it is seen as a growth opportunity as the number of cancer diagnoses continues to increase in an aging population. The National Cancer Institute says there will be more than 1.6 million new cancer cases this year and the volume will consistently grow by 4 percent for years ahead. The average cost of a cancer episode may be as high as $102,000, according to data from an oncology ACO program sponsored by Florida Blue.
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Prostate cancer recurrence risk tied to lipid levels
The New York Times
Abnormal lipid levels are associated with an increased risk for recurrence of prostate cancer, researchers report. There is no evidence for an association of lipid levels with prostate cancer, but there is some mixed evidence for their link to aggressive cancers and to the recurrence of cancer. The study examined the impact of lipid levels on the risk for recurrence in 843 men who were not using statins before the surgical removal of their cancerous prostate glands.
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Good news for young patients with a leukemia subtype with poor prognosis
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Adjusting treatment based on early response to chemotherapy made a life-saving difference to young patients with an acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) subtype, according to a new study whose results are good news for children and adolescents with Philadelphia chromosome-like ALL (Ph-like ALL), a subtype that until now was associated with a poor prognosis. Ph-like ALL accounts for as much as 15 percent of cases of the most common pediatric cancer, B-ALL, which affects the B lymphocytes.
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FDA approves Akynzeo for chemotherapy-induced nausea, vomiting
HemOnc Today
The FDA announced the approval of Akynzeo to alleviate nausea and vomiting in patients with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy. Akynzeo — a fixed combination capsule composed of palonosetron (Aloxi; Eisai, Helsinn Healthcare) and netupitant (Eisai, Helsinn Healthcare) — is designed to treat nausea and vomiting during the acute and delayed phases after chemotherapy administration.
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    Landscape analysis reveals how little is known, or said, about metastatic breast cancer
    Forbes
    The Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance recently put forth a landscape analysis on the needs of patients with metastatic breast cancer (MBC). This report follows and refers to a recent, Pfizer-backed survey of 2,090 men and women, which revealed major deficiencies in common knowledge about the condition. Among U.S. adults surveyed in April 2014, 72 percent (mistakenly) believe that advanced breast cancer is curable if detected early. Half of the respondents suggested that people living with metastatic disease have it because they didn’t take appropriate treatment or preventive measures. As summarized in the larger report, more than 60 percent said they knew “little or nothing” about metastatic breast cancer.
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    Rare cancer recoveries could be key to wider treatments
    The Boston Globe
    For years, they have been among modern medicine’s most arresting fables: A 54-year-old woman sees her tumors melt away in a clinical trial, but no one else with the same lethal thyroid cancer responds. An elderly man with advanced bladder cancer enrolls in a safety study of two therapies and is the one person to see his cancer vanish for over a year. A drug flops in a clinical trial but works for a 73-year-old woman with bladder cancer who is still alive five years later. Physicians have traditionally viewed the rare cancer patients who bounce back from near-certain death as inspiring anecdotes, not science.
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    Two experts discuss mammography issues on The Recovery Room Show
    NAPBC
    The Recovery Room Show recently launched a new episode discussing the benefits and controversies surrounding mammographic screening. In the episode, host Frederick L. Greene, MD, FACS, a surgical oncologist from Charlotte, N.C., and a member of the Commission on Cancer since 2000, talks with two leading experts in the field. The show includes a discussion on common concerns with mammography, the role of insurance companies, MRIs, and a high-profile recent Canadian study that cast doubt on the abilities of the screening tool.
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    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy to relieve post-radiation therapy effects
    Radiation Therapy News
    Oxygen, a simple molecule surrounding us in daily life, is becoming a mainstream treatment following radiation therapy. Patients who have undergone radiation therapy can experience benefits of breathing 100% oxygen at pressures greater than atmospheric. This treatment is known as hyperbaric oxygen and is indicated to treat a handful of existing disease conditions.
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    Lung cancer genes reveal risks of even short-term smoking
    Healthline
    Why is lung cancer so tough to beat? And why do many people relapse after surgery to remove lung tumors? Recent research published in the journal Science focused on these two questions. Lung cancer will kill 159,000 people this year alone, according to the American Cancer Society.
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    Important webinar — Caring for patients' spiritual needs: Resources for all providers
    American Psychosocial Oncology Society
    Plan now to join this webinar on Oct. 24, 2014, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm Eastern Time to participate in a program that will discuss the nature of religiosity/spirituality (R/S) in cancer care, strategies for initiating conversations about patients’ R/S, and strategies for effective collaboration with health care chaplains. The webinar is intended for providers in all disciplines with varying degrees of experience in caring for patients with spiritual needs. For detailed information, contact the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) Headquarters.
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