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November 1, 2012
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  Patient-Centered Cancer Care 
  • Persistent racial/ethnic differences seen in breast cancer survival
    A study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting found that racial and ethnic disparities exist in survival among breast cancer patients, even after adjustment for socioeconomic status. Data showed all-cause survival was significantly lower for African-Americans and higher for Latinas and Asian-Americans, compared with non-Hispanic whites. (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey shows late referrals to palliative care for cancer patients
    A survey of Canadian oncologists found one-third refer patients to palliative care or hospice when their cancer has spread and usually is incurable and another third wait until chemotherapy stops, which often is near the end of life, according to a report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Study author Dr. Camilla Zimmermann said the bottom line is that "palliative care specialists and oncologists need to work more in collaboration" and referrals need to occur earlier. Reuters (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Health groups create online prostate cancer database
    The Prostate Cancer Foundation and three other groups have unveiled an online database intended to help prostate cancer patients monitor disease progression while preventing complications due to overtreatment. "This database will eventually give us a better way to predict which men benefit from treatment and which men will not be harmed by choosing to defer treatment," said Dr. Stuart Holden, the Prostate Cancer Foundation's medical director. Healthcare Informatics online (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cancer screening tool on yellow paper improves care coordination
    Giving elderly cancer patients a screening assessment printed on yellow paper helped them to recognize it quickly when care coordinators brought it up during a phone conversation, Australian researchers told a geriatric oncology conference. The resulting screenings led to a significant number of referrals to agencies that provide supportive services. Medscape (free registration) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Cancer Research & Health Policy 
  • Some cancers don't degrade survivors' long-term outcomes
    Data from the 2010 National Health Interview Survey revealed equal or even better health-related quality of life among breast cancer, prostate cancer and melanoma survivors compared with adults without history of cancer. Cervical, blood and colorectal cancer survivors, along with patients with cancers associated with five-year survival rates under 25%, fared worse in quality-of-life measures, researchers said. The findings appear in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wider colonoscopy use tied to lower incidence of colon cancer
    The decline in the number of colorectal cancer cases in the U.S. between 1993 to 2009 correlates with Medicare's decision to extend the colonoscopy coverage in 2001, a study showed. The findings, published in the journal Gastroenterology, suggest a link between colonoscopy rates and lower incidence of colon cancer, but failed to prove a causal relationship. HealthDay News (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Foundation News 
  • iPad Cancer Guide and Tracker App
    At the LIVESTRONG Foundation, we believe that everyone should have the information and tools they need to make informed decisions throughout their cancer journey. That’s why we introduced the free LIVESTRONG Cancer Guide and Tracker iPad App, which lets users store and access information relevant to treatment and survivorship electronically. The Cancer Guide shares information on what to expect, what questions to ask and provides helpful resources. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Moonshots
    Inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 address at Rice University, the MD Anderson Cancer Center developed a new program called Moonshots. Its goal is to locate at-risk populations for eight forms of cancer and to have a positive impact on those patients’ outcomes, survival rates, quality of life, and to learn about the results of new treatment methods and research. Just like the space program’s breakthroughs, national unity and collaboration between researchers across the country will be critical to the success of this program and the overall goal of making advancements in the fight against cancer. To learn more, visit the LIVESTRONG blog. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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It is very important for the patients and their own self-interest to pursue clinical trials, but it is also a big part of the solution in the fight against cancer."
--Chris C., cancer survivor

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