|Patient-Centered Cancer Care
Young women with cancer face unique challenges
Young women with cancer often face different issues than do older cancer patients, including early menopause, fertility issues, parenting concerns and job stress. Support groups targeted at this age group can be especially helpful for women to cope with the emotional challenges of cancer. ?The people you?re with don?t know what?s going on in your head. It?s very tough, just wondering what?s down the road and knowing anything could happen,? said Dawn Irwin-Groleau, a 43-year-old breast cancer survivor. The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.)
St. Louis report shows disparities in cancer mortality
A St. Louis Regional Health Commission report on 14 health care measures sorted by ZIP code found cancer rates are dropping in the region overall, but black men are more likely to die from prostate cancer than are white men. Data showed women in certain neighborhoods die of breast cancer younger than in other locations, and some areas of the city had higher hospitalizations for lung diseases, suggesting environmental pollution may be a factor. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
|Emerging Trends, Products & Technologies
Study: More cancer patients decline CPR after seeing video
About 20% of terminal cancer patients who watched a short video on CPR said they wanted the aggressive treatment at the end of life, compared with 48% who were just told about what happens during the procedure, Massachusetts General Hospital researchers reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Susan Gaeta at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center commented that videos are good but need to be part of a wider discussion about patients' goals and values. Reuters
NIH boosts metabolomics funding
The NIH plans to offer $2 million through the National Cancer Institute for new collaborations that will cross-train scientists in the field of metabolomics. Twelve to 14 research projects already funded by the NIH will be eligible for up to $100,000 per year to add a metabolomics component. GenomeWeb Daily News (free registration)
Cancer and Emotional Support
Iram had been married to his high school sweetheart for nine years when he learned he had brain cancer. He thought that by not talking to his wife about his diagnosis, he was protecting her. After she filed for divorce, Iram wondered if his lack of communication pushed someone he loved away. Learn more about Iram’s story and the emotional support services the LIVESTRONG Foundation offers at LIVESTRONG.org/Iram.
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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