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January 24, 2013
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  Emerging Trends, Products & Technologies 
  • Automated calls might improve adherence to cancer pills
    Complicated dosing regimens and severe side effects lead more than 40% of patients on oral cancer medications to skip doses or take the wrong number of pills, a study published in the journal Cancer Nursing found. Patients who received automated calls to help them understand their prescriptions reported decreasing side effects, regardless of whether they also received follow-up calls from nurses. HealthDay News (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Electronic palliative care reports reduce hospital admissions
    Unplanned hospital admissions were reduced when emergency department physicians had access to electronic palliative care summary information for cancer patients who arrived outside of regular hours, University of Aberdeen researchers reported in BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care. "Pro-active planning for out-of-hours contacts is one way of promoting continuity of care and high quality palliative care and should be encouraged," the authors wrote. MedWire News (U.K.) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Cancer Research & Health Policy 
  • U.S. cancer death rates down 20% since 1991
    The American Cancer Society reported that the overall death rate for cancer was 20% lower in 2009 than at its highest point, in 1991. The improvement represents the prevention of 1.2 million cancer deaths since 1991. Decreases in mortality for lung, breast and prostate cancer were big factors in the decline. The findings appear in the CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. WebMD (1/17) , MedPage Today (free registration) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HHS boosts patient protections with HIPAA updates
    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the release of HIPAA changes to ensure that the privacy and medical data of patients are protected. The HIPAA update allows patients to request an electronic copy of their EHRs and gives them control over the data that can be shared by their doctors. Healthcare Informatics online (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • The LIVESTRONG Foundation’s global commitment to fighting cancer
    PRI recently aired a powerful series highlighting the issue of cancer around the world. Cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide, yet resources for cancer-related programs and services don’t match the need. The good news is that progress has been made. Through the funding and promotion of the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit and access-to-care initiative, the LIVESTRONG Foundation continually advocates for global action, and urges world leaders to address the issue of access in their countries. Read more about how the Foundation pushes to bridge the gap between what we know and what we do for cancer globally. 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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Survivorship means having a second chance. The more you realize how lucky you are ... you develop a passion for not wasting time."
--Brian H., cancer survivor

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