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New genetic tests for breast cancer hold promise
The New York Times
A Silicon Valley start-up with some big-name backers is threatening to upend genetic screening for breast and ovarian cancer by offering a test on a sample of saliva that is so inexpensive that most women could get it. At the same time, the nation’s two largest clinical laboratories, Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp, normally bitter rivals, are joining with French researchers to pool their data to better interpret mutations in the two main breast cancer risk genes, known as BRCA1 and BRCA2. Other companies and laboratories are being invited to join the effort, called BRCA Share.
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BRCA testing needed for all women with ovarian cancer: Canadian study
CBC News
Every woman who contracts ovarian cancer should be tested for the genes that cause it, regardless of family history, says the head of a cancer study from McGill University in Montreal. Ovarian cancer is not always hereditary. However, the study has concluded it would be better if women who get the disease be tested for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations in order to protect future generations of their family.
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Understanding Ovarian Cancer video/booklet available in SGO store
First introduced at the SGO Annual Meeting in Chicago last month, SGO’s Understanding Ovarian Cancer DVD and companion booklet are now available through the SGO Store in packs of 10 for distribution to patients in physicians’ offices.
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HEALTH POLICY


Medical societies answer critics of SGR repeal
Medscape (Free login required)
Organized medicine is both applauding Congressional repeal of Medicare's sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for physician reimbursement and defending the new payment system in its place. The defense boils down to this: The new scheme may not be perfect, but it's better than the alternative. And Congress can be persuaded to improve it.
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CMS proposes coverage for joint Pap smear and HPV tests
Modern Healthcare
Under a proposed national coverage decision, Medicare would pay for women to get a joint Pap smear and human papillomavirus test every five years to screen for cervical cancer. “Based on a systematic review of the evidence, we propose that HPV and Pap smear co-testing in Medicare beneficiaries using an FDA-approved test is reasonable and necessary for the prevention or early detection of illness or disability and appropriate for Medicare beneficiaries,” the CMS said in its proposed coverage notice.
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CERVICAL CANCER


By 2020, the most common HPV-related cancer will affect men
The Huffington Post
While currently recommended for both boys and girls, the HPV vaccine was initially marketed — and is still thought of — as a way to protect young women and girls from cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancer. Boys, it's been commonly thought, should be vaccinated primarily to benefit herd immunity and any future female partners. But a new analysis published in Cancer from researchers at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center in Toronto, Canada, points out that boys who get the vaccine receive important protection as well, not only against genital warts, but against HPV strains that cause oropharyngeal (mouth and throat) cancer.
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BREAST CANCER


US panel 'clarifies' mammogram advice
NBC News
A committee that's been attacked for its controversial mammogram recommendations for half a decade clarified that advice recently, saying they have been misunderstood. The panel says women in their 40s can get mammograms every year if they want to, but said it really needs to be up to a woman to decide if she wants to risk the anxiety of getting a false positive result — one showing a breast lump that turns out not to be cancer, after all.
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Adding a dual mTOR inhibitor to chemotherapy may benefit some ovarian cancer patients
Health Canal
Combining the investigational mTOR inhibitor AZD2014 with the chemotherapy paclitaxel showed better outcome than when the drugs were tested individually in preclinical studies of cancer models, and a phase I clinical trial of this combination in patients with advanced ovarian cancer and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) showed clinical benefit in some, according to data presented at the AACR Annual Meeting 2015.
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