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October 25, 2012
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  Patient-Centered Cancer Care 
  • ASRM says egg freezing is no longer "experimental"
    The American Society for Reproductive Medicine issued a report saying evidence supports freezing and thawing egg cells as a way to preserve young women's fertility. Studies show that the technique is just as successful as using fresh eggs in in-vitro fertilization and carries no increased risk of birth defects or DNA abnormalities, the report said. The group views egg freezing as a technique primarily to preserve fertility among young women about to undergo chemotherapy or radiation. Los Angeles Times/Booster Shots blog(tiered subscription model) (10/19) , HealthDay News (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study looks at parents' understanding of pediatric cancer trials
    Despite attending an informed consent conference with their child's oncologist, 35% of 60 parents showed little to no understanding of the goal of phase 1 pediatric cancer trials, a study found. Researchers reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology that parents who were minorities or who had less education were more likely to misunderstand the purpose of such trials than white and more educated parents. Reuters (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends, Products & Technologies 
  • New app informs breast cancer patients on reconstruction techniques
    The New Orleans-based Center for Restorative Breast Surgery is launching a new iPhone application designed to inform newly diagnosed breast cancer patients and those who underwent a mastectomy about the latest and most advanced techniques in breast reconstruction. The first-of-its-kind app features a "Procedure Wizard" section that uses a supercomputer to determine the best reconstructive procedure for each patient and a "What to Ask" section that allows patients to ask the right questions on surgery prior to their appointments. (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Cancer Research & Health Policy 
  • Obstetrics group revises cervical cancer screening guidelines
    The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology issued new guidelines on cervical cancer screening that encourage women ages 30 and older to get a Pap test, along with a test for human papillomavirus, every five years, instead of every year. Women ages 21 to 29 should be screened every three years, rather than every two years, the group said. The guidelines were published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. HealthDay News (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Healthy lifestyle cuts death risk 37% in women with cancer
    Older female cancer patients who exercised regularly, whose weight was in a healthy range and who ate a balanced diet in accordance with the 2007 guidelines of the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research had a 37% lower risk of dying from any cause than those who didn't follow the guidelines. Among the three factors, regular exercise had the most significant benefit. The study was to be presented at a conference of the American Association for Cancer Research. HealthDay News (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Foundation News 
    LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a 12-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 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." Learn more at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lance‚Äôs Story: A Cancer Support Team for Everyone
    As an up-and-coming athlete at the age of 25, Lance Armstrong began showing symptoms that something serious was happening inside of him. He dismissed them as a result of his athletic training. Upon visiting the doctor, however, he found out it was much more. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer that had spread to his lungs, abdomen and brain. His doctors gave him less than a 40% chance of surviving, and to make matters worse, he did not have insurance. Not knowing where to turn, he leaned on his friends and family for the support to beat cancer. Lance started the Foundation to create a cancer support team, like the one he was fortunate to have, for everyone who needs help battling this disease. To learn more about Lance and his cancer journey, visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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I had complete confidence that I could potentially be helped by the trial that was proposed to me. No medical institution or government body wants anybody to be harmed by a trial."
--Barbara H., cancer survivor

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