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issues in oncology

Distress Screening: ‘Underestimated and Overlooked’ by Cancer Specialists

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) Distress Thermometer and Problem List for Patients have been around since 1999,1 and in 2015, the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer mandated routine distress screening at cancer centers.2  So how successful has the cancer community...

survivorship
issues in oncology

Meeting the Challenges of Providing Long-Term Psychosocial Care for Cancer Survivors

Focusing on the first year after a cancer diagnosis is necessary, but not sufficient, for delivering care to cancer survivors, according to Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, Director of Cancer Survivorship at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill....

supportive care

Greater Understanding of Family Dynamics May Help Cancer Teams Guide, Support Patients

WHETHER THEY are parents themselves or dealing with their own parents, patients with cancer often look to their health-care team to help guide these relationships, but data on how best to help are lacking, according to two poster presentations at the 2018 American Psychosocial Oncology Society...

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survivorship

Impact of Lifestyle Choices on Outcomes in Survivors of Gastrointestinal Cancers

Physical inactivity among adult survivors of gastrointestinal cancers was tied to poor health-related quality of life, according to researchers at the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) Annual Meeting.1 Also, physical inactivity (Chi-square = 5.605, P = .018) and alcohol use (Chi-square ...

sarcoma

Surgery Plus Radiation Offers Mixed Results in Soft-Tissue Sarcoma

Adjuvant radiation following surgery for soft-tissue sarcomas of the extremities did not lead to a survival benefit and seemed to be associated with some degree of long-term limb complications, according to a presentation at the 2014 Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) Cancer Symposium in Phoenix.1 ...

skin cancer

Patients With Thin Melanoma Benefit From Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

Sentinel node status is “the most powerful predictor” of melanoma-specific survival in patients with thin melanoma, according to a presentation at the 2014 Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) Cancer Symposium in Phoenix.1 As a result, sentinel lymph node biopsy should be considered in patients with...

breast cancer

Lymphedema Lingers Long After Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection for Early Breast Cancer

Patients with early-stage breast cancer who underwent sentinel lymph node dissection experienced lymphedema with increasing incidence over time, according to a presentation at the 2014 Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) Cancer Symposium in Phoenix.1 In women who took part in the American College...

breast cancer

Survival Analysis of Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy Sparks Discussion

Contralateral prophylactic mastectomy improved breast cancer patients’ odds of overall survival by 23% compared with single mastectomy alone, according to a retrospective analysis of nearly 170,000 patients in a U.S. database, but surgical breast cancer specialists warned that the data needed to be ...

issues in oncology

Randomized Trials vs Meta-analyses: Which Is the Better Bet?

Two surgical oncology experts who squared off in a “Great Debate” at the 2014 Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) Annual Cancer Symposium in Phoenix. Heidi Nelson, MD, Professor of Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, argued for the superiority of randomized controlled trials in...

lung cancer

Experts Share Keys to a Successful Lung Screening Program

There are currently 172 computed tomography (CT)-based lung screening centers up and running in the United States, according to the Lung Cancer Alliance.1 In a presentation at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego, Reginald Munden, MD, DMD, MBA, and Ralph...

colorectal cancer

Surveillance After Colon Cancer Surgery: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Finding salvageable colon cancer recurrence is akin to finding a needle in a haystack, rendering routine patient surveillance of little value. But finding that needle offers an opportunity for treating recurrent disease early, which makes surveillance worthwhile. These were the opposing views...

breast cancer

Preoperative Breast MRI: Does Higher Sensitivity Equal Better Outcomes?

Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is superior to more commonly used imaging modalities in preoperative breast cancer staging and should be a key element in routine workup. But despite its high sensitivity for catching cancers, breast MRI still does not deliver maximum value for the patient....

breast cancer

Lymphedema Lingers Long After Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection for Early Breast Cancer

Patients with early-stage breast cancer who underwent sentinel lymph node dissection experienced lymphedema more frequently than clinically suspected and with increasing incidence over time, according to a presentation at the 2014 Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) Cancer Symposium in Phoenix...

sarcoma

Long-Term Follow-up Shows Surgery Plus Radiation Offers Mixed Results in Soft-Tissue Sarcoma

Adjuvant radiation following surgery for soft-tissue sarcoma of the extremities did not lead to a survival benefit and seemed to be associated with some degree of long-term limb complications, according to a presentation at the 2014 Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) Cancer Symposium in Phoenix...

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