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Intervention to Promote Breast Cancer Surveillance in Childhood Cancer Survivors Who Received Chest Radiotherapy

In the EMPOWER trial, which took place within the larger Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS) and was reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Oeffinger et al found that an intervention consisting of mailed educational materials followed by telephone-delivered counseling led to an increased...

An Evening for Cancer Survivors and Caregivers: Bringing Together a Community of Support

On January 26, 2017—prior to the official opening of the 2nd Annual Cancer Survivorship Symposium—cancer survivors, caregivers, patient advocates, family physicians, oncology providers, and others gathered in San Diego, California, to make connections, discuss survivorship issues, and get expert...

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Expert Point of View: Kevin C. Oeffinger, MD

Kevin C. Oeffinger, MD, Director of the Adult Long-Term Follow-up Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, highlighted the typical fat distribution of this population while noting the limitations of standard criteria for metabolic syndrome, which include waist circumference....

Cancer Survivorship Symposium Brings Together Oncologists and Primary Care Providers to Improve Patient Care

Significant advances in cancer care and treatment have led to a steady increase in survivorship—currently, more than 15.5 million cancer survivors are living in the United States. This number is only expected to grow, with an estimate of more than 20 million American cancer survivors in 2026.1 A...

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Kevin C. Oeffinger, MD, on Controversies in Breast Cancer Screening Strategies

Kevin C. Oeffinger, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses American Cancer Society recommendations, including the advice that women with an average risk of breast cancer should undergo regular screening mammography starting at age 45, and that women 55 and older should have...

Candid Discussions on Living With and After Cancer at An Evening for Cancer Survivors and Caregivers

On January 14, 2016, the Cancer Survivorship Symposium opened with An Evening for Cancer Survivors and Caregivers, an event featuring networking, a panel discussion, and an open forum to share the challenges of living with or after a cancer diagnosis. The audience included Symposium attendees as...

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Bridging the Medical Gap in Long-Term Cancer Survivorship Care

Although more people than ever before are surviving cancer—there are currently 14.5 million cancer survivors, and that number is expected to climb to 19 million by 20241—they often experience long-lasting physical, emotional, and financial concerns related to the disease. To address the unmet...

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Kevin C. Oeffinger, MD, on Highlights of the ASCO Survivorship Symposium

Kevin C. Oeffinger, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, summarizes the main take-home messages of the conference.

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Ongoing Clinical Trials Actively Recruiting Adolescent and Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer

ADOLESCENT AND YOUNG ADULT CHILDHOOD CANCER SURVIVORS Study Type: Randomized/interventional Study Title: A Randomized Web-Based Physical Activity Intervention in Adolescent Survivors of Childhood Cancer Study Sponsor and Collaborators: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Purpose: Five-year...

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ASCO’s Cancer Survivorship Compendium Offers Oncologists Help With Survivorship Care

It has been almost 10 years since the Institute of Medicine released its influential report, “From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition,” in which it stressed that all patients completing cancer treatment should receive a survivorship care plan. Since then, the need to help...

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Incorporating Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Into Palliative Care

Although cancer rehabilitation has been a part of oncology clinical practice for several decades, it has largely gone unrecognized as an integral part of palliative medicine and survivorship care. Now, the role of physical medicine and rehabilitation in oncology care may increase as patients with...

New Symposium Brings Together Oncologists and Primary Care Providers to Advance Survivorship Care and Research

With two-thirds of Americans now living at least 5 years after a cancer diagnosis, there are currently 14.5 million cancer survivors living in the United States. By 2024, that number is expected to increase by nearly 25%.1 Although the growing number of survivors is a welcome sign of progress, this ...

Expect Questions About Updated Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

As Chair of the American Cancer Society (ACS) panel that issued an updated guideline for breast cancer screening, Kevin C. Oeffinger, MD, has answered questions and offered perspective on the updated guideline and its development for The New York Times, USA Today, and other major media outlets. As...

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issues in oncology

Updated ACS Breast Cancer Screening Guideline Recognizes Greater Role for Individual’s Values and Preferences

The reactions to the updated breast cancer screening guideline from the American Cancer Society (ACS) have been many, varied, and not consistently favorable but not surprising to Kevin C. Oeffinger, MD, who chaired the ACS panel that issued the guideline. Breast cancer screening “is an area that...

breast cancer
issues in oncology

ACS Guideline Update on Breast Cancer Screening for Women at Average Risk

As reported in JAMA by Kevin C. Oeffinger, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, and colleagues, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has issued an update to its 2003 guideline on breast cancer screening for women at average risk of breast cancer.1 Robert A. Smith, PhD, of the...

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