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January 17, 2013
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Cancer news and resources for health care professionals

  Patient-Centered Cancer Care 
  • Research finds alternate route to treating cancer fatigue
    Treating symptoms such as pain, vomiting and nausea can help relieve fatigue in advanced cancer patients. The report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology said the regimen included a patient-specific care plan created from a series of meetings in which nurses asked patients about their symptoms and physicians prescribed treatment based on palliative care guidelines. Medscape (free registration) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hispanics avoid cancer screening due to distrust of medical providers
    Researchers found a distrust of medical professionals, often due in part to communication barriers, causes many Hispanics to avoid cancer screenings. The study found Hispanics are twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic blacks to report feeling used as “guinea pigs” by medical providers. The findings are published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. Voxxi (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends, Products & Technologies 
  • NCI plans to study efficiency of mHealth smoking cessation initiative
    The National Cancer Institute is asking the Office of Management and Budget to approve its request to perform a three-year research project on how its SmokefreeTXT mobile health program has helped teenagers and young adults to stop smoking. Smokers who join the cessation program receive motivational text messages for eight weeks. Participants then get follow-up texts from the NCI up to six months after the end of the program. Government Health IT online (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Cancer Research & Health Policy 
  • Screen heavy smokers for lung cancer, cancer group advises
    The American Cancer Society released new guidelines that recommend providers screen high-risk patients for lung cancer using low-dose CT scans. High-risk patients are age 55 to 74 with at least a 30-pack-year smoking history and who have smoked within the past 15 years. Providers should make patients aware of the benefits, limits and risks of screening, the group said. (1/12) , HealthDay News (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Older patients may not benefit from cancer screening tests
    People expected to live less than 10 years may get little benefit from breast or colorectal cancer screening, according to University of California, San Francisco researchers. Their study found 10.3 years are needed to prevent one CRC death if 1,000 patients are tested, and 10.7 years are needed to prevent one breast cancer death if 1,000 patients are tested. The study was published in BMJ. MedPage Today (free registration) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Foundation News 
    LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a twelve-week, small group program designed for adult cancer survivors. The instructors are trained in the elements of cancer, post rehab exercise and supportive cancer care. This program can help your patients who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life or their "new normal." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health Care Professional Tools and Training
    We've developed materials, partnerships and tools that can help patients prepare for, cope with and manage their cancer journey. Talk with your patients about these resources, and utilize them in your practice to help provide comprehensive support. Check them out. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  LIVESTRONG SmartQuote 
I feel much more developed after I got cancer than I did before. I feel like I am experiencing life tenfold."
--Chris O., cancer survivor

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