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March 7, 2013
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Cancer news and resources for health care professionals

  Patient-Centered Cancer Care 
 
  • Cancer patients suffer from persistent fatigue, study says
    Cancer patients who suffer fatigue around the time they are treated are more likely to develop persistent severe fatigue a year later, according to Dutch research published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Depression and impaired sleep also were risk factors, and researchers recommended cognitive behavioral therapy for fatigued patients soon after cancer treatment is finished. MedWire News (U.K.) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PTSD symptoms are common among breast cancer patients
    Almost a quarter of breast cancer patients experienced post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms during the months following diagnosis, according to a study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Of the more than 1,100 patients included in the study, PTSD symptoms were more common among younger patients, Asian women and black women. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 Join Team LIVESTRONG in 2013
Team LIVESTRONG walks, runs, rides, swims, volunteers and fundraises in events around the U.S. Funds raised by these events support free programs and resources for cancer survivors. Our team changes the way the world fights cancer. Join us at TeamLIVESTRONG.org.
 

  Emerging Trends, Products & Technologies 
  • Virtual assistants to help docs boost care delivery, survey says
    A survey conducted by Nuance Communications found 80% of participating physicians said virtual assistants would alter the way they utilize health care applications and EHRs over five years. Doctors also said mobile virtual assistants could boost health care delivery by improving their access to patient data and giving them more time to spend with patients. Healthcare IT News (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Cancer Research & Health Policy 
  • 22 patient safety measures backed by AHRQ
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality published in a supplement in the Annals of Internal Medicine 10 strategies for improving patient safety that should be adopted immediately and an additional 12 strategies that are encouraged. Among those strongly encouraged for immediate use are preoperative and anesthesia checklists, hand hygiene, and interventions for reducing urinary catheter use. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study supports screening to reduce advanced colon cancer risk
    A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed people who underwent colonoscopy in the past 10 years were 71% less likely to develop advanced colon cancer than those who did not receive screening. Researchers found those who had sigmoidoscopy had a 50% reduced risk of colon cancer, but they noted sigmoidoscopy was associated with prevention of advanced tumors on only one side of the colon. Reuters (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Foundation News 
  • Our Voice: Research
    A lot has been said about the Foundation in recent weeks, but often times our voice is missing from the story being told. Our work has always been about helping people affected by cancer. People fighting cancer today can’t wait for research that could take decades to implement, which is why the Foundation conducts research that will help cancer survivors now. Listen to Ruth Rechis-Oelker, Director of Research and Evaluation, discuss how we do research differently from other organizations, and view our reports and findings from our research team. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • LIVESTRONG Foundation launches new transportation program for people with cancer
    The Foundation announces the launch of a transportation program that offers rides to and from cancer-related medical appointments in Travis County. Made possible by volunteer drivers, Seton Shivers Center, Faith in Action Caregivers and Car2Go, this program is a free service in a suite of Foundation offerings to help cancer survivors cope with financial, emotional and practical challenges that accompany a diagnosis. Learn more about the Foundation’s effort to fill the gaps in care and to find the best ways to assist cancer survivors and their families. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  LIVESTRONG SmartQuote 
I do not think that anybody should leave the doctor’s office after an examination or after an interview with the doctor with questions still on their mind."
--Brian H., cancer survivor

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