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Allison J. Applebaum, PhD, and William S. Breitbart, MD, on Workshops in Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy

Allison J. Applebaum, PhD, and William S. Breitbart, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discuss a meaning-centered psychotherapy workshop they conducted for an international group of clinicians.

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Allison J. Applebaum, PhD, and William S. Breitbart, MD, on Adapting Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Caregivers

Allison J. Applebaum, PhD, and William S. Breitbart, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, explain how they brought this new treatment to help stressed caregivers of loved ones with cancer.

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Jimmie C. Holland, MD, and Tammy A. Schuler, PhD, on Talking With Patients About Their Distress: A Demonstration

Jimmie C. Holland, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Tammy A. Schuler, PhD, of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, demonstrate a dialogue between a clinician and a recently diagnosed cancer patient whose distress was discovered with the use of the Distress...

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Mark Lazenby, PhD, APRN, FAPOS, on Distress Screening in the Community Setting

Mark Lazenby, PhD, APRN, FAPOS, of the Yale School of Nursing, discusses the APOS–ACCC project to screen for psychosocial distress in community cancer centers. These model programs improve patient care and the patient experience.

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health-care policy

Jeff Dunn, AO, PhD, GAICD, on Community-Based Response to Cancer

Jeff Dunn, AO, PhD, GAICD, of the Cancer Council Queensland, discusses reducing the burden of cancer on individuals and communities.

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Allison J. Applebaum, PhD, and William S. Breitbart, MD, on Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Cancer Patients

Allison J. Applebaum, PhD, and William S. Breitbart, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discuss a powerful treatment approach that is grounded in a moving personal story.

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Robert T. Croyle, PhD, on The 2015 NCI Initiative Expanding Health Care Delivery Research

Robert T. Croyle, PhD, of the National Cancer Institute, discusses the research program on the variation in the quality of cancer care, our ability to monitor quality and measure outcomes, and understand the psychosocial aspects of care.

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Patricia A. Ganz, MD, on Incorporating Psychosocial Services for Quality Cancer Care

Patricia A. Ganz, MD, of the University of California, Los Angeles, discusses the Institute of Medicine report on patient-centered care, its relation to psychosocial services, and the role IPOS/APOS members can play.

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Andrea F. Patenaude, PhD, on Standards for Psychosocial Care of Children With Cancer

Andrea F. Patenaude, PhD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses the challenges to implementing standards for pediatric and adolescent psycho-oncology and looks ahead at next steps in the field.

survivorship
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prostate cancer

Christopher J. Recklitis, PhD, MPH, on The Risk of Suicide After a Cancer Diagnosis

Christopher J. Recklitis, PhD, MPH, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses what is known about suicide after cancer, the risks faced by prostate cancer patients within the first year after diagnosis, and challenges across the treatment trajectory

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survivorship

Julia H. Rowland, PhD, on The Psychosocial Challenges Cancer Survivors Face

Julia H. Rowland, PhD, of the National Cancer Institute, discusses the growing number of promising interventions to improve health and function for those living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis, as well as those who care for and about them.

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issues in oncology
survivorship

Lori Wiener, PhD, DCSW, LCSW-C, and Karen Fasciano, PsyD, on Psycho-Oncology: Where the Field Is Headed

Lori Wiener, PhD, DCSW, LCSW-C, of the National Cancer Institute, and Karen Fasciano, PsyD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discuss the challenges of the art and science of psycho-oncology.

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global cancer care

Lori Wiener, PhD, DCSW, LCSW-C, and Paul B. Jacobsen, PhD, on IPOS-APOS Themes of This Year’s Meeting

Lori Wiener, PhD, DCSW, LCSW-C, of the National Cancer Institute, and Paul B. Jacobsen, PhD, of the Moffitt Cancer Center, discuss the highlights of this year’s meeting, which for the first time brings together the international and American psychosocial oncology societies.

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Bradley J. Zebrack, PhD, and Ursula Sansom-Daly, PhD, on Global Psychosocial Standards of Care for Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer

Bradley J. Zebrack, PhD, of the University of Michigan School of Social Work, and Ursula Sansom-Daly, PhD, of the University of New South Wales, talk about providing supportive care services that meet the unique needs of adolescents and young adults with cancer.

breast cancer
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survivorship

Risk Factors for Lymphedema in Patients Treated for Breast Cancer

In a study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Ferguson et al found that cellulitis in the affected arm, but not blood draws, injections, trauma to the affected arm, or air travel, was associated with an increased risk of lymphedema in women treated for breast cancer. Study Details In...

breast cancer
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No Association Seen Between New or Worsening Aromatase Inhibitor–Related Musculoskeletal or Vasomotor Symptoms and Relapse-Free Survival

Retrospective analyses of the ATAC, TEAM, and BIG 1-98 adjuvant endocrine therapy trials in breast cancer have suggested that treatment-emergent endocrine symptoms may be associated with superior survival outcomes. However, in a study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Stearns et al...

breast cancer
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Telephone and In-Person Counseling for Weight Loss Effective in Women Treated for Breast Cancer

In the LEAN (Lifestyle, Exercise, and Nutrition) study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Harrigan et al found that telephone and in-person weight loss counseling was effective in reducing weight and C-reactive protein level in overweight or obese women treated for breast cancer. In the ...

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issues in oncology

Italian Study Shows Low-Dose Morphine Better Than Weak Opioids in Relieving Moderate Cancer Pain

In an Italian trial reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Bandieri et al found that low-dose morphine provided better and more rapid pain relief than weak opioids in patients with moderate cancer pain. Study Details In the open-label 28-day trial, 240 adults with moderate cancer pain from ...

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cost of care

Palliative Care Offers Greater Cost Savings for Cancer Patients With Multiple Chronic Conditions

Patients with incurable cancer and numerous other serious health conditions who consulted with a palliative care team within 2 days of hospitalization had significant savings in hospital costs, according to a new study led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Published by...

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CancerCare® Awarded $1.5 Million Grant From Susan G. Komen®

CancerCare, a leading national nonprofit organization providing free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer, has received a $1.5 million grant to assist people diagnosed with breast cancer. The grant will support a CancerCare program in partnership with Susan G. Komen called...

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New ASCO Survivorship Care Plan Template Is Simpler, Faster for Health-Care Providers

ASCO has issued a new template for health-care professionals to use when providing a survivorship care plan to patients who have completed curative cancer therapy. The survivorship care plan contains important information about treatment the patient received, the patient’s need for future checkups...

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issues in oncology
issues in oncology

Electronic Symptom Self-Reporting During Cancer Treatment May Be Associated With Better Quality of Life and Other Clinical Benefits

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Basch et al, a trial conducted among patients receiving routine outpatient chemotherapy for advanced solid tumors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center indicated that patient use of tablet computers to report common symptoms was associated with ...

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issues in oncology
issues in oncology

Patient Symptom Surveys Linked to Reduced ER Visits, Improved Survival and Quality of Life

Systematic collection of cancer patients’ symptoms using computer surveys was linked to less frequent emergency room admissions, longer average chemotherapy adherence, greater quality-of-life improvements, and improved survival, according to a new randomized, controlled trial spearheaded by a ...

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ASH 2015: Two Studies Focus on Treatment for Cancer-Associated Thrombosis

Two studies presented at the 57th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting examine the common problem of cancer-associated thrombosis. One looked to validate dosing guidelines for avoiding chemotherapy-induced thrombocytopenia, a common autoimmune response to therapy; the second compared ...

breast cancer
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Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy May Be Associated With Cerebral Perfusion and Gray Matter Changes

In a study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Nudelman et al found that increased chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy symptoms at 1 month after completing treatment for breast cancer was associated with increased cerebral perfusion and increased gray matter density at 1 month....

gynecologic cancers
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Researchers Find Experimental Drug Reduces Ascites With Minimal Side Effects in Preclinical Studies

Women who have ovarian cancer often develop a condition called ascites, which is a buildup of fluids in the abdomen. The most common treatment for ascites is puncturing the abdomen and manually draining the fluid, which is painful, risky, and must be repeated every few weeks. University of...

prostate cancer
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integrative oncology

Yoga Helps Maintain Quality of Life, May Lessen Side Effects in Men Undergoing Prostate Cancer Treatment

Men with prostate cancer who are undergoing radiation therapy can benefit from yoga, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania reported at the Society for Integrative Oncology’s 12th International Conference. The new, first-of-its-kind study, led...

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issues in oncology
issues in oncology

Anemia Prevalent and Independently Associated With Functional Disability in Older Patients With Cancer

“Anemia was highly prevalent and independently associated with functional disability” among older adults with cancer, according to an analysis of data conducted by Owusu et al. “Older patients with anemia were more than twice as likely to have functional disability than those...

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Researchers Call for Hospitals to Establish Bereavement Programs for Families of Deceased Patients

Backed by a growing body of research, investigators at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute are calling for all hospitals to establish bereavement programs for families of deceased patients. In a report published by Morris and Block in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, researchers say such...

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Dexamethasone Reduces Pain Flare After Palliative Radiotherapy for Bone Metastases

In a Canadian phase III trial reported in The Lancet Oncology, Chow et al found that prophylactic dexamethasone reduced the incidence of radiation-induced pain flare compared with placebo in patients receiving palliative radiotherapy for bone metastases. Study Details In this double-blind trial,...

cns cancers
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Telotristat Etiprate Shows Clinical Benefit in Treating Carcinoid Syndrome in Cancer Patients When Added to Standard of Care

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc's telotristat etiprate was shown to have clinical benefit in treating carcinoid syndrome in cancer patients not adequately controlled by long-acting somatostatin analog therapy, the current standard of care, according to data from the phase III TELESTAR study presented...

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issues in oncology
cost of care

ASTRO 2015: Coordinated Radiation Therapy and Palliative Care Based on Patient Feedback Lead to Better Quality of Life, Reduced Health-Care Costs

A collaborative, patient-reported outcome–based approach by palliative care and radiation oncology teams results in better outpatient symptom management and a decrease in end-of-life hospitalizations and costs for late-stage cancer patients, according to research presented by Read et al...

gynecologic cancers
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issues in oncology

ASTRO 2015: Image-Guided Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy Reduces Bowel Side Effects in Cervical Cancer Patients

For cervical cancer patients undergoing postsurgical radiation therapy, image-guided intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) resulted in a 14% reduction in moderate-to-severe bowel side effects when compared to conventional three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D CRT), according to...

head and neck cancer
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ASTRO 2015: Frequent Post-Treatment Follow-up by Advance Practice Nurses Improves Care for Patients With High-Risk Head and Neck Cancer

For high-risk patients who receive chemoradiotherapy for head and neck cancer, frequent follow-up appointments conducted by advance practice nurses (APNs) in a clinical outpatient setting allowed for more intensive symptom management, resulting in fewer post-treatment emergency room visits and...

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ASTRO 2015: Patients With Bone Metastases Undergoing Radiation Therapy for Symptom Control Have Lower Pain Flare Rates With Steroid Use

The steroid dexamethasone reduces radiation-induced pain flare in cancer patients with painful bone metastases, according to research presented by Chow et al (Abstract LBA1) October 18, 2015 at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO’s) 57th Annual Meeting in San Antonio,...

prostate cancer
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Similar Pain Outcome With Ibandronate vs Single-Dose Radiotherapy for Localized Metastatic Bone Pain in Prostate Cancer

In a UK phase III noninferiority trial reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Hoskin et al found similar effects of single-dose ibandronate and single-dose radiotherapy on localized metastatic bone pain in patients with prostate cancer. Study Details In the open-label trial,...

breast cancer
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To Optimize Tamoxifen Use Among Premenopausal Women With Breast Cancer, Include Access to Fertility-Preservation Options

A multivariable analysis of clinical factors associated with tamoxifen use among premenopausal women with hormone receptor–positive breast cancer showed that fertility preservation was a significant factor and “the only predictor of both noninitiation and early cessation” of...

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palliative care

Clergy Religious Beliefs Are Associated With Greater ICU Care in Congregants’ Final Days

A survey exploring the relationship between spiritual support and end-of-life care by evaluating clergy members’ opinions and experiences related to care provided to congregants at the end of their life has found that a majority of clergy endorse religious beliefs regarding their...

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Palliative Care 2015: Panel Presents Recommendations to Improve Primary Palliative Care Services in Medical Oncology

When integrated into routine oncology care, palliative care can improve symptom burden, quality of life, and patient and caregiver satisfaction. However, because the number of palliative care specialists in the United States is too small to meet the number of patients requiring palliative care, the ...

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Palliative Care 2015: Collaboration Between Radiation Oncologists and Palliative Care Specialists Improves Care for Patients With Advanced Cancer

An innovative service model that partners radiation oncology with palliative care leads to better results for patients, according to a new analysis. The model of care, established at Mount Sinai Medical Center, is one of only a handful in the country. The study (Abstract 110) will be presented at...

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Palliative Care 2015: Study Finds the Answer to One Question Can Help Identify Patients Nearing the End of Life

Determining the answer to a simple question, “Would you be surprised if this patient died within the next year?” can be an important tool to help predict which patients with cancer may be in their final year of life, according to the findings from a study by Vick et al. The tool, known...

lung cancer
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WCLC: Results From ROMANA Trials of Anamorelin in Advanced NSCLC Patients With Cachexia

Two phase III studies of anamorelin found that the medication effectively combats wasting and increases body weight and lean body mass in certain patients with lung cancer. Results (Abstract ORAL29.01) from the ROMANA 1 and ROMANA 2 phase III trials of anamorelin were presented at the 16th...

breast cancer
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survivorship
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Sham and Real Electroacupuncture Reduce Hot Flashes vs Gabapentin and Pill Placebo in Breast Cancer Survivors

In a study assessing placebo effects reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Mao et al found that sham electroacupuncture produced a greater reduction in hot flashes than placebo pills and gabapentin, with the greatest reduction being achieved with real electroacupuncture. Study Details In...

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FDA Approves Rolapitant for Prevention of Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved rolapitant (Varubi) to prevent delayed-phase chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Rolapitant is approved in adults in combination with other antiemetic agents that prevent nausea and vomiting associated with initial and repeat courses of...

breast cancer
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survivorship
issues in oncology
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Fertility Concerns and Side Effects Keep Many Young Women With Breast Cancer From Taking or Completing Tamoxifen

Concerns about fertility kept one-third of young women with breast cancer surveyed in a recent study from taking tamoxifen, despite its known benefit in reducing the risk of breast cancer recurrence. In addition, the study found fertility concerns led one-quarter of women who started...

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Rolapitant Reduced Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting in Patients Receiving Highly Emetogenic Cisplatin-Based Chemotherapy

In two phase III trials reported in The Lancet Oncology, Rapoport et al found that the addition of rolapitant to serotonin (5-HT3) receptor antagonist and dexamethasone treatment significantly improved complete response rates in prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in patients...

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Rolapitant Reduced Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting in Patients Receiving Moderately Emetogenic Chemotherapy or Anthracycline/Cyclophosphamide

In a phase III study reported in The Lancet Oncology, Schwartzberg et al found that the addition of rolapitant to serotonin (5-HT3) receptor antagonist and dexamethasone treatment significantly improved complete response rates in prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in patients...

breast cancer
supportive care
integrative oncology

Study Finds Music Therapy Lowers Anxiety During Surgical Breast Biopsies

A first-of-its-kind study published by Bradley Palmer et al in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that music therapy lessened anxiety for women undergoing surgical breast biopsies for cancer diagnosis and treatment. The 2-year study, conducted at University Hospitals (UH) Seidman Cancer Center, ...

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ASCO Clinical Practice Guideline Update: Recommendations for Using White Blood Cell Growth Factors

ASCO has issued a clinical practice guideline update on the use of hematopoietic colony-stimulating factors, as reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Smith et al. This update to the ASCO 2006 guideline was based on a systematic review of randomized clinical trials, meta-analyses, and ...

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issues in oncology

Researchers Identify Vital Gene for Preserving Gastrointestinal Health During Cancer Treatment

The stem cells in the gut divide so fast that they create a completely new population of epithelial cells every week. However, this quick cell division is also why radiation and chemotherapy wreak havoc on the gastrointestinal systems of patients with cancer, as such therapies target rapidly...

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