Cancer

Bleeding, Death Similar for DOAC vs Warfarin in VTE

Bleeding, Death Similar for DOAC vs Warfarin in VTE

Direct oral anticoagulants not linked to increased risk of major bleeding, death in venous thromboembolism

Legal Cannabis Use High Among Cancer Patients in WA

Legal Cannabis Use High Among Cancer Patients in WA

Legalization increases likelihood of use; most want information about the drug from their doctors

Various Neurological Complications Tied to Anti-PD-1 Therapy

Various Neurological Complications Tied to Anti-PD-1 Therapy

The researchers found that 2.9% of the 347 patients treated with anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibodies developed subacute onset of neurological complications.

FDA Approves First Biosimilar for Kidney Cancer Treatment

FDA Approves First Biosimilar for Kidney Cancer Treatment

Mvasi, which is approved to treat colorectal, lung, brain, kidney, and cervical cancer, was found to be biosimilar to the drug Avastin.

AACR Reports Progress in Cancer Care

AACR Reports Progress in Cancer Care

AACR reports that the US cancer death rate has decreased 25% from 1991 to 2014, resulting in 2.1 million fewer cancer-related deaths.

Universal Sequencing of Cancer-related Genes Beneficial for Tx

Universal Sequencing of Cancer-related Genes Beneficial for Tx

Knowledge of these additional mutations can help guide therapeutic and preventive interventions.

Most Melanomas Arise From New Lesions, Not Moles

Most Melanomas Arise From New Lesions, Not Moles

The findings showed that only 29.1% of the skin cancers started in moles patients already had.

Even Slow Weight Gain Ups Hypertension, Diabetes, Cancer Risks

Even Slow Weight Gain Ups Hypertension, Diabetes, Cancer Risks

After 11 pounds gained, the risk of diabetes went up 31%, hypertension 14%, and cardiovascular disease 8%.

Energy Dense Diet Increases Obesity-Related Cancer Risk

Energy Dense Diet Increases Obesity-Related Cancer Risk

The increased risk for obesity-related cancer was seen among women who were normal weight at enrollment.

Occult Cancer Detected in 1 in 20 Unprovoked VTE Patients

Occult Cancer Detected in 1 in 20 Unprovoked VTE Patients

The researchers found that after VTE diagnosis, the 12-month prevalence of cancer was 5.2%.

Cancer Trial Participation Up Under ACA

Cancer Trial Participation Up Under ACA

There were no significant changes in insurer approval rates or referral wait times for patients covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

Early Death Risk Up With Alternative vs Traditional Cancer Care

Early Death Risk Up With Alternative vs Traditional Cancer Care

Evidence suggests that using alternative medicine in place of proven cancer therapies results in worse survival.

Distress Screening Protocols Lower Emergency Room Visits by Cancer Patients

Distress Screening Protocols Lower Emergency Room Visits by Cancer Patients

Based on review of 8409 EHRs across 55 cancer centers, the researchers found that the overall adherence rate to screening protocols was 62.7%.

Subpar Use of Hospice, Imaging in End-of-Life Cancer Care

Subpar Use of Hospice, Imaging in End-of-Life Cancer Care

The researchers found that among 6568 commercially insured patients, 56.3% were hospitalized and 48.6% underwent one or more imaging scans in the last month of life.

ASCO Tackles Rising Cancer Drug Costs

ASCO Tackles Rising Cancer Drug Costs

New drugs routinely cost more than 100K per year; prices on many existing treatments continue to rise.

Rivaroxaban Safe for Stroke Prevention in Cancer Patients With AFib

Rivaroxaban Safe for Stroke Prevention in Cancer Patients With AFib

The researchers found that the estimated one-year cumulative incidence of ischemic stroke was 1.4% and major bleeding was 1.2%.

Drug, Herb Interactions Common in Cancer Patients

Drug, Herb Interactions Common in Cancer Patients

There was an independent association for concomitant use of at least two drugs with high risk of a clinically significant DDI.

Combo Better at Easing Agitated Delirium in Advanced Cancer Patients

Combo Better at Easing Agitated Delirium in Advanced Cancer Patients

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Lorazepam plus haloperidol is more effective than haloperidol alone at reducing agitation, study finds.

Young Cancer Survivors Skip Meds Due to Costs

Young Cancer Survivors Skip Meds Due to Costs

The likelihood of reporting not being able to afford medication, asking for lower-cost medication, and using alternative therapies to save money in the previous year was higher among survivors.

Brief Intervention Eases Distress in Patients With Advanced Cancer

Brief Intervention Eases Distress in Patients With Advanced Cancer

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With Managing Cancer And Living Meaningfully (CALM), patients experienced a clinically important reduction in depressive symptoms.

Older Adults Under-Represented in Cancer Drug Clinical Trials

Older Adults Under-Represented in Cancer Drug Clinical Trials

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Patients aged 80 years and older had a cancer incidence of 16% in 2013 yet made up only 4% of cancer drug clinical trials during 2005-2015.

High-income US Counties Have Higher Diagnoses of PCa

High-income US Counties Have Higher Diagnoses of PCa

High-income counties had far higher diagnosis rates for the four cancers than low-income counties, but the combined mortality rate was similar for both.

Cancer Recurrence Fear Reduced by Novel Psychological Intervention

Cancer Recurrence Fear Reduced by Novel Psychological Intervention

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In a study, 'Conquer Fear' decreased fear among survivors of breast and colorectal cancer and melanoma compared with relaxation techniques.

BMI, Belly Fat Suggest Obesity-Related Cancer Risk

BMI, Belly Fat Suggest Obesity-Related Cancer Risk

BMI and location of excess body fat on the body are good indicators of obesity-related cancer risk.

Keytruda Approved for All Cancers With Specific Genetic Biomarker

Keytruda Approved for All Cancers With Specific Genetic Biomarker

Of 149 individuals with such tumors who took Keytruda in clinical trials, nearly 40% had a complete or partial remission.

Detection Down for Prostate Cancer, Up for Other Cancers Since ACA

Detection Down for Prostate Cancer, Up for Other Cancers Since ACA

The investigators found that the percentage of patients diagnosed with stage I cancer increased significantly from 2013 to 2014 after the ACA was implemented.

Few Organ Transplant Recipients Have Important Cancer Screenings

Few Organ Transplant Recipients Have Important Cancer Screenings

During the observation period, the researchers found that 77.5%, 69.8%, and 91.4% of SOTRs were not up-to-date for colorectal, cervical, and breast cancer screening tests, respectively.

Taking Aspirin Regularly May Reduce Death From Cancer

Taking Aspirin Regularly May Reduce Death From Cancer

Regular aspirin use linked to lower risk of cancer mortality, especially colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer.

Higher Cancer Risk for Pediatric Kidney Recipients

Higher Cancer Risk for Pediatric Kidney Recipients

Among 1734 childhood recipients, 289 developed cancer over a median follow-up of 13.4 years.

Exercise Better Than Drugs for Cancer-Related Fatigue

Exercise Better Than Drugs for Cancer-Related Fatigue

Clinicians should prescribe exercise or psychological interventions as first-line treatments for CRF.

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