Guidance on Cancer Surgery During COVID-19 Outbreak

As rates of COVID-19 continue to rise, resources in hospitals around the country are dwindling. In response to this, many hospitals have canceled elective surgery, as recommended by the American College of Surgeon (ACS). Furthermore, new guidance for surgeons released on March 24, 2020, suggests that many cancer-specific surgeries will need to be delayed. Although […]

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Improved PFS With SABR for Oligometastatic Prostate Cancer

The optimal treatment approach for men with hormone-sensitive prostate cancer (HSPC) who develop oligometastatic disease is not well defined. While many of these patients receive androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) or observation, some studies have suggested that localized treatment with radiotherapy may be a beneficial alternative. In the phase II ORIOLE trial, stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) […]

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Right Ventricle Cardiotoxicity From Anthracycline Chemotherapy

Anthracycline chemotherapy is a common component of many cancer treatment regimens. These chemotherapies are highly effective, but are sometimes associated with increased rates of cardiac toxicity. During chemotherapy treatment, cardiotoxicity is monitored by measuring changes in the left ventricle ejection fraction (LVEF). However, according to a recent study, the right ventricle (RV) may be more heavily […]

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COVID-19 a Threat to Oncology Patients

Currently, the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease known as COVID-19, is infecting patients globally at a rapid rate. While understanding of this virus continues to evolve, older individuals and those with preexisting conditions are particularly vulnerable. Because of their immunocompromised status, patients with cancer may present a particularly high-risk population. According to a […]

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Improved Radiotherapy Technique for Brain Metastases

Whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT) is a standard treatment approach for patients with cancer who develop brain metastases. Unfortunately, this approach can negatively impact brain function, including loss of memory, poor learning, and deterioration of executive function. In a phase III study published last month in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers compared WBRT plus memantine […]

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Increasing Incidence of Colorectal Cancer Among Younger Adults

As with the majority of cancer, colorectal cancer (CRC) has historically been more common among the elderly than among younger patients. However, recent data suggest this is changing, with CRC becoming more common in young adults. This comes from the American Cancer Society’s most recent report on CRC cancer statistics, published this month in CA: […]

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Geriatric Assessment Reduces Risk of Complications in Patients Undergoing HSCT

Hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) is a common treatment for many patients with hematologic malignancies and is associated with good long-term outcomes, including potential cure. However, this treatment approach can also be associated with significant morbidity. At the Transplantation and Cellular Therapy annual meeting, Benjamin Derman, MD (University of Chicago, Illinois, United States), presented results […]

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Dairy Consumption and Risk of Breast Cancer

The role of dairy products in the development of breast cancer has been a controversial topic for many years, with many experts suggesting a link between increased dairy consumption and rates of breast cancer. Recently, findings from the Adventist Health Study-2 appeared to support a link between cow milk and breast cancer. This observational study […]

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Three Year Interval for Cervical Cancer Screening

Regular screening for cervical cancer is an important preventative care step that drastically reduces rates of advanced cervical cancer and allows physicians to detect cancer at early stages. While the preferred frequency of cervical cancer screenings may vary between healthcare providers, a new study from New Mexico indicates that screening every 3 years may be […]

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