Cancer

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.

Cancer Patients Reduce Exercise After Diagnosis

Cancer Patients Reduce Exercise After Diagnosis

Surveys revealed that 75% of patients said they had reduced their physical activity since being diagnosed with cancer.

Anxiety, Depression May Up Death Risk for Prostate Cancer

Anxiety, Depression May Up Death Risk for Prostate Cancer

Higher death rates found in cancers not related to smoking, carcinoma of the colorectum, prostate, pancreas, oesophagus, and leukemia.

Prostate Cancer Death Rate Fell in the United States

Prostate Cancer Death Rate Fell in the United States

The investigators found that the cancer mortality rate hit its peak in 1991, before beginning a steady slide of roughly 1.5% per year among both men and women through 2014.

Cancer Survivors With STEMI at Increased Risk for Noncardiac Death

Cancer Survivors With STEMI at Increased Risk for Noncardiac Death

Cancer survivors did not have a higher risk of STEMI-related mortality; however, they were more than 3 times more likely to die of non-heart-related causes.

Cognitive Rehab Beneficial for Cancer Survivors

Cognitive Rehab Beneficial for Cancer Survivors

Compared with standard care, a web-based cognitive rehab better improves cognitive symptoms in cancer patients.

ASCO Updates Guidelines on Palliative Care in Cancer

ASCO Updates Guidelines on Palliative Care in Cancer

Inpatients and outpatients with advanced cancer should receive palliative care services concurrent with active treatment.

Many Cancer Survivors Take Antidepressants

Many Cancer Survivors Take Antidepressants

Among 3,184 adult cancer survivors, 19.1% reported taking medication for anxiety, depression, or both.

Smoking Still a Top Cause of Cancer Deaths in US

Smoking Still a Top Cause of Cancer Deaths in US

Reducing the future burden of smoking-related cancers includes implementing innovative new strategies, and strengthening tobacco control policies and programs.

Obesity Ups Risk for Secondary Primary Cancers in Men

Obesity Ups Risk for Secondary Primary Cancers in Men

Prediagnosis obesity is a risk factor for overall and individual secondary primary cancers.

Factors Linked to Worse Post-Surgical Kidney Function ID'd

Factors Linked to Worse Post-Surgical Kidney Function ID'd

Factors including low preoperative mean arterial BP tied to increases in eGFR, kidney injury.

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