Hematology & Oncology

Online Tool Aids Decision Making About Breast Cancer Treatment

Findings based on assessment of the interactive iCanDecide tool

Obesity Linked to Improved Survival in Metastatic Melanoma

Survival benefit limited to male patients receiving targeted therapy, immunotherapy

Follow-Up Lacking for Teen, Young Adult Cancer Survivors

Many young adult cancer survivors do not follow up properly, independent of disease type or insurance

Low Availability of Sexual Aids and Resources at Cancer Centers

One center stood out, which had several types of aids; most centers reported having no sexual aids

Laryngovideostroboscopy Useful for Vocal Fold Lesion Screening

Narrow band imaging better for decision to biopsy

Ultra-Processed Food Linked to Increased Overall Cancer Risk

10% increase in proportions of ultra-processed foods tied to >10% higher breast and overall cancer risk

Many in Oregon View Alcohol As More Harmful Than Marijuana

In survey, 52.5 percent called alcohol more harmful, 40 percent considered the two equally harmful

Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Vaccine Promising for Cancer

iPSC vaccine prevented tumor growth in syngeneic murine breast CA, mesothelioma, melanoma models

Patients Want Physicians to Have Greater Connectivity

Most patients want greater connectivity, online tools, convenience via SMS, and more time with doctors

FDA Approves Erleada to Treat Non-Metastatic Prostate Cancer

First FDA-approved treatment for non-metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer

Higher Biopsy Rates for Women Undergoing Screening Breast MRI

Lower cancer yield compared to mammography alone for women with, without personal history of cancer

New Model Stratifies Patients With Long Bone Metastases

Model includes four prognostic categories with clinical consequences to predict median survival

Disparities Seen in Gastric Cancer Patients’ Receipt of Pre-Op Chemo

Racial, ethnic disparities in treatment also affect disparities in overall survival

Education About Imaging Most Often Given by Ordering Provider

Delivery of pre-examination information to patients suboptimal; about half seek information themselves

USPSTF Recommends Against Ovarian Cancer Screening

Among asymptomatic women, harms of screening for ovarian cancer outweigh potential benefits

Four Best Practices Outlined to Prevent Health Care Cyberattacks

Health care execs should ID potential inefficiencies in cybersecurity, ensure systems backed up

Ultrasound for Rectal Cancer Staging Tied to More Chemoradiation

But no significant improvement in overall survival compared with CT of the abdomen and pelvis only

Criteria for Prostate Cancer Trials Disproportionately Exclude Blacks

Trials sponsored by academic investigators, cooperative groups more likely to use these criteria

Open-Label Placebo May Reduce Fatigue in Cancer Survivors

Reductions seen in fatigue symptom severity and fatigue-related quality of life disruption

EHRs Not Sufficient to Ensure Success in Value-Based Care

EHRs do not necessarily capture information needed; interoperability is poor, analytics are incomplete

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