|Patient-Centered Cancer Care
Study: Many women do not understand breast cancer treatment options
Doctors treating breast cancer patients may need to find new ways to communicate treatment options, according to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. More than 20% of breast cancer patients surveyed said they were overwhelmed by their choices and unprepared to weigh the risks and benefits of each option. A team composed of an experienced surgeon, a medical oncologist, a plastic surgeon and a radiation oncologist can help women make informed choices that they will be less likely to regret later, says Steven Katz, a University of Michigan researcher who was not involved in the study. Reuters
Palliative approach reduces ICU services, study shows
A comprehensive palliative care approach using a multidisciplinary team and clinician feedback reduced the use of ICU services for terminally ill cancer patients, Johns Hopkins University researchers reported. Lead author Dr. Allen Ray Sing Chen said more patients decided against resuscitation and fewer died after prolonged ventilation. Medscape (free registration)
A Glimpse into the Future of Cancer Therapy
The Cancer Genome Atlas Project is a major cancer initiative to help health care professionals better understand precisely what is “broken” in their patients. To borrow a car metaphor, if a cancer patient needs a new timing belt, they will get the timing belt that is manufactured specifically for their make and model. The fix may still be easy or complicated, but knowing precisely what’s broken leads to the best options for considering repair. Read more about the comprehensive work in the mechanics of cancer on the LIVESTRONG blog.
Are You a Blue Mussel?
IBM’s John Gordon recently talked about the idea of “big data” and what it can offer the health care world. Gordon also discussed a Nordic drilling company that uses blue mussels to detect leaks in their pipes and pumps because mussels close if their surroundings have been contaminated. Lessons can be learned from big data and blue mussels that could have an impact on the progress made to end cancer. Using patient feedback as the next form of big data and having a mussel-inspired problem alert system could have a meaningful impact on the future of cancer. For the full story, visit the LIVESTRONG blog.
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