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February 7, 2013
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Current guidelines address fertility in young cancer patients
Sexual and reproductive health risks following treatment from childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer vary depending on cancer type, age at diagnosis and therapy, according to a review in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Possible long-term sexual and reproductive complications should be discussed by oncologists and cancer patients before treatment begins, researchers said. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (2/5)
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Declines in cancer seen among blacks
Cancer rates have dropped among blacks in the U.S., although they remain at greater risk of dying from cancer than whites, a report showed. Black men had a 15% higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer than white men, while black women had a 6% lower cancer risk compared with white women, researchers wrote in the CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. HealthDay News (2/5)
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Report: Providers are dissatisfied with oncology IT systems
A KLAS Research report finds health care groups are dissatisfied with major vendors' oncology IT systems, citing reporting and alerts as the two most troubling aspects of the technology. Health groups also cited meaningful use as a major challenge involving the technology, saying vendors differ in their capabilities to provide MU support. Healthcare Informatics online (1/29)
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MD Anderson initiative targets personalized cancer treatments
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston announced a new analytics initiative to help develop personalized care treatments for cancer. The program will leverage Oracle products to collect clinical, genomic, financial, administrative and operational data that could be used to improve the care and quality of life of patients with cancer. Healthcare Informatics online (2/1)
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FDA approval of generic Doxil could ease shortage
Sun Pharma Global received FDA approval for its generic version of Johnson & Johnson's cancer drug Doxil. The approval may help address a severe shortage of the medication. Reuters (2/4)
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Study: Energy balance, inflammation are linked in advanced cancer
Energy intake and density are linked to energy balance in advanced cancer patients but are adversely affected by systemic inflammation, according to Swedish research published in the journal Clinical Nutrition. Researchers said it's important to target inflammation when using nutrition support to prevent or treat cancer cachexia, and they suggested using energy-dense foods and beverages because weight loss shows a negative energy balance that leads to poorer outcomes. MedWire News (U.K.) (1/30)
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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.
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Pain associated with cancer can last beyond treatment. To help survivors cope with this challenge and others, the LIVESTRONG Foundationand the American Society of Clinical Oncology teamed up to create Moving Forward, a series of videos that offer help and advice for living with the aftereffects of cancer treatment. To learn more, visit the LIVESTRONG blog.
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