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December 13, 2012
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  Patient-Centered Cancer Care 
  • Targeted therapy may delay end-of-life transition, study finds
    Targeted therapies such as bevacizumab, erlotinib, sorafenib and rituximab increasingly are used in advanced cancer patients at the end of life, according to research from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The study team wrote in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management these treatments are used about as often as chemotherapy and could delay a transition in care, "diverting patients' precious time and energy to the pursuit of cancer treatments rather than planning ahead." MedWire News (U.K.) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends, Products & Technologies 
  • PREPARE website to help families make advance care decisions
    There is a disconnect between a health system's needs for documentation and a patient and family's need for information about treatments and prognosis and support making medical decisions, writes Dr. Rebecca Sudore of the University of California, San Francisco. A new website called PREPARE, being launched in January, will provide information to patients and families that advance directives do not include to help them identify their values, communicate with physicians and make informed medical decisions, according to Sudore. GeriPal blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ky. university exchanges EHR data with state cancer registry
    Researchers at the University of Kentucky have successfully linked with the Kentucky Cancer Registry to report cancer cases via EHRs. The initiative is expected to boost state cancer control efforts by speeding up the analysis of trends in cancer statistics. "This project is laying the groundwork for electronic reporting, not only in Kentucky but across the United States," said Eric Durbin, cancer informatics director at the Kentucky Cancer Registry. Healthcare Informatics online (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Cancer Research & Health Policy 
  • Study: Men face higher risk of cancer diagnosis, death than women
    Men are more likely than women to be diagnosed with cancer, and they were more likely to die of the disease in each of the past 10 years, according to a study published in The Journal of Urology. Comparing men and women with the same form of cancer, researchers found that men faced a 12% higher risk of dying. Reuters (12/6) 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 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
  • Five Ways the Foundation Can Help with Emotional Support
    Cancer doesn’t happen in a bubble. It isn’t delivered neatly packaged in a box with a bow. And when a patient goes to treatment, he or she doesn’t just drop off the bad cells and go about their business -- the whole body gets treated. Beyond what’s happening to the body, friendships, marriage, daily dealings with co-workers and interactions with children can all be affected by a cancer diagnosis. The Foundation understands this and can help people prepare for changes and manage life’s tough times. Learn five ways the Foundation can help cancer patients get the emotional support they need. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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It is important to have a great caregiver. I do not think anyone can get through this on their own."
--Bob B., cancer survivor

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