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Patients' distress level a new focus of concern
The Inquirer
When the staff at Abington Memorial Hospital handed a breast cancer patient its new "Distress Thermometer" questionnaire, she instantly felt conflicted. How could she, an early-stage patient with a good prognosis, say how she was really feeling when she saw how much worse off others in the radiation treatment waiting room were? She left the questionnaire blank.
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Colon cancers may be increasing among young adults
Reuters
New diagnoses of colon and rectal cancers are on the rise among young adults while the numbers are falling among people who are older, according to a new study. If the trends continue, by 2030 the number of colon and rectal cancer cases will roughly double among people between the ages of 20 and 34 years old and grow by 28 percent to 46 percent for people ages 35 to 49 years, researchers found.
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Meditation, group support linked to cellular benefits for breast cancer survivors
Medical News Today
For breast cancer survivors, previous research has suggested that meditation and yoga promote numerous health benefits, such as reducing fatigue and stress. Now, a new study claims these activities or getting involved in support groups may be beneficial at a cellular level.
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Medicare proposes paying for lung cancer screenings for older longtime smokers
The New York Times
Medicare will cover annual screenings for lung cancer for older Americans with long histories of heavy smoking, the federal government said recently in a proposal that would cover an estimated 4 million people, many of whom are at greatest risk for the disease.
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U.S. skin cancer costs rise from 2002 through 2011
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The costs associated with skin cancer increased five times as fast as treatments for other cancers between 2002 and 2011, according to a Centers for Disease Control study published online in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The average annual cost for skin cancer treatment increased from $3.6 billion during 2002-2006 to $8.1 billion during 2007-2011, an increase in costs of 126 percent. The average annual cost for treatment of all other cancers increased by 25 percent during the same time period.
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    2012 data available in NCDB reporting tools
    Commission on Cancer
    The National Cancer Database (NCDB) reporting tools were recently released with updates to include 2012 annual cases and updates submitted by Commission on Cancer (CoC)-accredited cancer programs earlier this year. The biggest change users will see is 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 the NCDB at ncdb@facs.org .
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    Molecular breakthrough could halt the spread of prostate cancer
    Medical Xpress
    Scientists believe a new treatment, shown to be effective in mice, could halt the growth of tumors in patients with prostate cancer. Pioneering research by academics at the Universities of Bristol, Nottingham and the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) shows that a specific compound can inhibit the activity of a molecule that is key to how tumors form new blood vessels. The vessels are essential for the cancer cells to survive and multiply.
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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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    Early palliative care can cut hospital readmissions for cancer patients
    Oncology Nurse Advisor
    Doctors have developed a new collaborative model in cancer care that reduced the rates at which patients were sent to intensive care or readmitted to the hospital after discharge. These findings were shared at the Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), in Boston, Mass.
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    Simple blood test showing promise in lung cancer diagnosis
    Medscape (login required)
    Researchers on a self-described "fishing expedition" have discovered something unexpected — that a panel of serum metabolites could predict the presence of non-small-cell lung cancer. The team compared blood from patients with a biopsy-confirmed diagnosis of non-small-cell lung cancer with control subjects matched for age, sex, smoking history, lipid levels, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes status, explained by Peter Mazzone, MD, from the Cleveland Clinic Respiratory Institute.
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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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