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Effect of chemotherapy on surgical resection of liver tumors
Medical Xpress
A study of pediatric patients with hepatoblastoma led by researchers at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) suggests an opportunity to reduce chemotherapy in up to 65 percent of patients, which could lead to a decrease in the incidence of adverse effects. Their findings were recently published online in the British Journal of Surgery.
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Factors contributing to pancreatic cancer identified
Oncology Nurse Advisor
New research that provides a better understanding of pancreatic cancer may help identify those people at increased risk. Pancreatic cancer is a stealthy cancer that is usually detected at very late stages and has a 5-year survival rate of less than five percent. Strategies that might help identify which persons have an increased risk of developing the disease are sorely needed. Some cases seem to run in families, but the genes that are responsible for such inherited predisposition remain largely unknown.
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Annual NCDB Call for Data
Commission on Cancer
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) is committed to assisting accredited cancer programs with maintaining the highest level of data quality possible. We appreciate your facility's participation and contribution to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB). Data submissions are essential for assessing and improving the quality of cancer patient care. The information generated from the NCDB enables cancer programs to compare treatment and outcomes with regional, state, and national patterns. This year, the Annual NCDB Call for Data submissions are scheduled during January 2015, and corrections are due by April 1, 2015. A general overview is provided. Please see https://www.facs.org/quality-programs/cancer/ncdb/datasub/registrar for specific details.
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    Postoperative radiation therapy improves overall survival in NSCLC patients
    OncLive
    Patients with non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who received postoperative radiation therapy (PORT) lived four months longer on average than patients who did not receive radiation but who had the same disease site, tumor histology, and treatment criteria, according to a large retrospective study. Limited data indicate that PORT may be beneficial for patients with involved N2 nodes.
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    Implementing Survivor Care Plans in CoC-accredited Cancer Programs
    Commission on Cancer/American Cancer Society
    Join us for a free webinar on Nov. 11 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST. Speakers from the Commission on Cancer, CoC-accredited hospitals, and the American Cancer Society will discuss the recent clarifications to Standard 3.3 and share their perspectives on implementing survivor care plans within CoC-accredited cancer programs.
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    Early prostate cancer postoperation PSA values useful
    Renal & Urology News
    Early PSA measurements following radical prostatectomy (RP) may aid in risk stratification of men with positive surgical margins and perhaps spare patients who are unlikely to experience disease progression the toxicity associated with immediate adjuvant radiotherapy, according to a new study. Stepan Vesely, MD, and colleagues at the Charles University 2nd Faculty of Medicine University Hospital in Prague, Czech Republic, studied 116 patients found to have positive surgical margins (PSM) after RP for localized prostate cancer (PCa).
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    2012 data available in NCDB reporting tools
    Commission on Cancer
    The NCDB reporting tools were recently released with updates to include 2012 annual cases and updates submitted by CoC-accredited cancer programs earlier this year. The biggest change users will see are the addition of 2012 cases to the Hospital Comparison Benchmark Reports and the Cancer Program Practice Profile Reports (CP3R). Additional quality measures were also released in gastric and non-small cell lung cancer

    For further information, contact NCDB at ncdb@facs.org .
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    Imaging techniques for treatment evaluation for metastatic breast cancer
    AHRQ
    In spite of significant gains in detection and treatment, breast cancer continues to have a broad impact in the United States. An estimated 234,580 individuals received new diagnoses in 2013. About 33 percent of individuals with breast cancer diagnosed between 2001 and 2007 had regional metastases, with a five-year relative survival rate of 84 percent. Approximately 5 percent were diagnosed with distant metastases, most commonly to the bones, lungs, liver, or brain, and had a five-year relative survival rate of only 23 percent.
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    Pursuing Excellence through NAPBC Accreditation: Register now
    NAPBC
    Whether you are preparing for a re-accreditation survey, first survey, or looking for information on the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), this education program gives you the information you need. Avoid the fee increase; register today.

    Pursuing Excellence through NAPBC Accreditation is the only education program developed and taught by NAPBC staff, board members, and surveyors. This program prepares your breast center for survey and helps staff not familiar with the NAPBC standards understand their role in the accreditation process.


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    Researchers develop the first cancer health literacy tool
    Medical Xpress
    Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center researchers have developed the first and only tool that can accurately measure cancer health literacy (CHL) and quickly identify patients with limited CHL. This tool has the potential to improve communication and understanding between physicians and patients, which, in turn, could lead to better clinical outcomes.
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    Clinical practice guidelines address multimodality treatment for esophageal cancer
    Medical Xpress
    The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has released new clinical practice guidelines for treating cancer of the esophagus and gastroesophageal junction (the area where the esophagus meets the stomach). The guidelines, published in the November 2014 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, include nine evidence-based recommendations that address issues related to multimodality care, including neoadjuvant therapy (chemotherapy and radiation therapy given prior to surgery). The goal of this therapy is to reduce the extent of cancer before an operation to maximize the chance of obtaining a cure.
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    Imaging techniques for the diagnosis and staging of hepatocellular carcinoma
    AHRQ
    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common primary malignant neoplasm of the liver, and accurate diagnosis and staging of HCC are important for guiding treatment and other clinical decisions. A number of imaging modalities are available for detection of HCC in surveillance and nonsurveillance settings, evaluation of focal liver lesions to identify HCC, and staging of HCC. The purpose of this review is to compare the effectiveness of imaging techniques for HCC on test performance, clinical decisionmaking, clinical outcomes, and harms.
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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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