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February 21, 2013
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  Patient-Centered Cancer Care 
 
  • Gains in childhood cancer survival slow
    Although the five-year survival rate of children with cancer increased from 30% in the 1960s to 80% in the 2000s, improvement has leveled off, physicians wrote in Lancet Oncology. The report's authors say the approach to research and regulation must be modernized to address the issue. Just 15 childhood cancer drugs have been allowed for use in children since 1998. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts tie chemotherapy to slight increase in AML risk
    Patients who underwent chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin lymphoma and esophageal, prostate and cervical cancers faced an increased risk of developing acute myeloid leukemia, according to a new study. However, treatment was associated with lower AML risk in patients who had ovarian cancer, myeloma, and possibly lung cancer, researchers said. The findings appear in the journal Blood. HealthDay News (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • IOM: Tracking system needed to curb sales of fake drugs
    The Institute of Medicine has called for a national drug-tracking system following an FDA warning on counterfeit cancer drug Avastin. Such a system might utilize barcodes or electronic tags to confirm the authenticity of a medication and the ingredients used during its production, an expert said. FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg lauded the report. CBS News/The Associated Press (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study examines link between EHR use, health service referrals
    Providers using EHRs are more likely to refer women for mammograms and other preventive care, including pelvic and breast examinations, according to research in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Providers without EHRs had the lowest referral rates for all but two tests involving women's health, researchers found. HealthImaging.com (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Cancer Research & Health Policy 
  • Thousands of cancer deaths in U.S. linked to alcohol
    Alcohol is responsible for approximately 3.5% of cancer deaths in the U.S., an estimated 20,000 deaths a year, according to a study to be published in the American Journal of Public Health. On average, each case represented 18 years of lost life, and the greater the alcohol intake, the greater the risk. Nurse.com (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Foundation News 
  • During Treatment: The LIVESTRONG Foundation Can Help
    Dealing with a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming for the patient as well as the caregiver. The Foundation offers resources that can help people cope with fear and plan for the future. The Foundation provides a free Guidebook to help keep track of medical appointments, nurse navigators to discuss diagnosis and treatment options and one-on-one conversations with support navigators to help deal with the emotional roller coaster that treatment can be. Listen to Frank and Pat’s experience during treatment with the Foundation, and how to connect caregivers and survivors to support throughout cancer treatment. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Our Voice: Health Policy
    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. Learn more about how the Foundation works with partners in the U.S. and abroad to change laws and policies so that people have access to quality cancer care. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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