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survivorship

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.

survivorship

Christopher J. Recklitis, PhD, MPH, on Fatigue and Sleep Disturbances

Christopher J. Recklitis, PhD, MPH, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses these side effects and some practical approaches to managing them with educational, medical, behavioral, and lifestyle interventions.

survivorship
thyroid cancer

Dana Barnea, MD, on Screening Survivors for Thyroid Cancer

Dana Barnea, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses data that suggest annual palpation of the thyroid is an adequate and safe means of screening childhood and young adult cancer survivors, a population at high risk for this type of cancer (Abstract 254).

survivorship

Mary S. McCabe, RN, on Risk-Based Health Care of Cancer Survivors

Mary McCabe, RN, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses various models of delivering survivorship care.

survivorship

Tara O. Henderson, MD, MPH, on Cancer Survivors With Complex Medical Needs

Tara O. Henderson, MD, MPH, of the University of Chicago, summarizes a session on the multidisciplinary approaches to survivors with medical needs beyond cancer treatment.

survivorship
lymphoma

Erin Elizabeth Hahn, PhD, MPH, on Hodgkin Lymphoma: Post-Treatment Services

Erin Elizabeth Hahn, PhD, MPH, of Kaiser Permanente Southern California, discusses the use of recommended post-treatment services for adolescent and young adult Hodgkin lymphoma survivors (Abstract 107).

survivorship

Rachel Lynn Yung, MD, on Weight-Loss Intervention in Obese Survivors

Rachel Lynn Yung, MD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses her study of a clinic-based intervention for overweight cancer survivors, which resulted in weight loss and improvements in fitness and physical functioning (Abstract 167).

survivorship

Kerri M. Winters-Stone, PhD, on Peripheral Neuropathy: High Prevalence Among Female Survivors

Kerri M. Winters-Stone, PhD, of Oregon Health and Science University, discusses the results of her study, which showed that, years after treatment, nearly half of women cancer survivors still have symptoms of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. The findings may inform rehabilitative...

survivorship

Tim A. Ahles, PhD, on Neurocognitive Late Effects

Tim A. Ahles, PhD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses “chemobrain” and what can be done to help patients cope with this symptom.

survivorship

Patricia A. Ganz, MD, on Looking Beyond the Scans: What to Look For and How

Patricia A. Ganz, MD, of the University of California at Los Angeles, discusses the limited sensitivity and specificity of surveillance testing for cancer recurrence and finding a better way to reassure patients about their continuing care.

lymphoma
survivorship
issues in oncology

Study Shows Inferior Outcomes for African American Pediatric Lymphoma Patients

Researchers from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have published a study showing that African American pediatric patients with Hodgkin lymphoma have inferior overall survival compared with their white and Hispanic peers. The study, published ...

breast cancer
supportive care
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...

survivorship

Survivorship Symposium 2016: ASCO Announces New Award Recognizing Extraordinary Contributions to Cancer Survivorship Care

ASCO has announced the creation of the Ellen L. Stovall Award and Lecture for Advancement of Cancer Survivorship Care, intended to recognize and promote the work of pioneers and leaders in the growing field of survivorship. The first award will be presented at the 2017 Cancer Survivorship...

survivorship

Survivorship Symposium 2016: Persistent Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy Is Common in Female Cancer Survivors

A new study of women cancer survivors indicated that 45% still have chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy symptoms years after completing cancer treatment. Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy was associated with worse physical functioning, poorer mobility, and a nearly twofold higher...

lymphoma
survivorship

Survivorship Symposium 2016: Study Finds That Less Than Half of Survivors of Hodgkin Lymphoma Received All Recommended Follow-up Care

According to the American Cancer Society’s 2014 Cancer Facts & Figures, Hodgkin lymphoma is diagnosed in about 800 adolescents and young adults each year. And while standard treatments for the cancer, including chemotherapy and radiation, are very effective in improving survival,...

breast cancer
survivorship

Survivorship Symposium 2016: Study Finds Personalized Survivorship Care Plans Improve Health Outcomes in Low-Income Breast Cancer Survivors

Although the Institute of Medicine recommends the implementation of treatment summaries and survivorship care plans as a mechanism to improve ongoing clinical and coordination of oncology care and to address the immediate post-treatment and long-term effects of cancer therapy, empirical evidence...

survivorship

Join the 21st Annual Cancer Survivors’ Celebration Walk & 5K

Nearly 4,000 attendees, including more than 700 cancer survivors along with friends and family members, will gather in Chicago’s Grant Park for the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University’s Annual Cancer Survivors’ Celebration Walk & 5K Run. This year’s event will ...

survivorship

Newly Updated: Cancer Survivorship

This latest ASCO Answers guide helps patients transition into life after active treatment has finished. In addition to information on the challenges survivors may face and the importance of follow-up care, it includes a blank treatment summary and survivorship care form that patients can fill out...

survivorship

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...

survivorship

New Books by Authors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Address Aging, Survivorship

Bookmark Title: Survivorship: Living Well During and After CancerAuthor: Barrie Cassileth, PhDFormat: PaperbackISBN: 978-1-938170-35-5Pages: 216Publication Date: April 1, 2014Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.5Also Available: eBook   Bookmark Title: Lighter as We Go: Virtues, Character Strengths, and...

survivorship

Lilly Oncology On Canvas Art Competition Names 2014 Winners

The 10th anniversary of the Lilly Oncology On Canvas Art Competition was celebrated with the presentation of awards and display of winning entries on October 23 in New York’s Grand Central Terminal. The competition, which is presented by Lilly Oncology and National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship ...

survivorship
supportive care

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...

survivorship

Karmanos Cancer Institute’s Hayley Thompson, PhD, Awarded $1.8 Million Grant to Improve Access to Cancer Survivor Resources

Hayley S. Thompson, PhD, Associate Professor, Population Studies and Disparities Research Program at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, and Department of Oncology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, was recently awarded a $1.8 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research...

survivorship

Providing Survivorship Care Bundle: Oncology Provider Guides and Patient Guides

ASCO’s new product bundle combines provider and patient information about cancer survivorship. Providing High Quality Survivorship Care in Practice: An ASCO Guide aims to assist oncologists and other clinicians with implementing high-quality survivorship care programs within their practice. The...

survivorship

ASCO Releases Updated, Expanded Set of Survivorship Care Planning Templates

ASCO has issued an updated and expanded set of treatment and survivorship care plan templates for oncology care professionals and patients with cancer. The templates serve to enhance ASCO’s existing suite of tools to help providers and patients fully plan a course of cancer treatment, from...

survivorship

Study Finds Cardiovascular Disease Is Prevalent and Often Asymptomatic in Childhood Cancer Survivors

Although historically the leading cause of death among survivors of childhood cancer has been cancer recurrence, adverse late effects of cancer therapy have become the leading cause of death 30 years after diagnosis, and those deaths are frequently attributed to premature cardiovascular disease,...

breast cancer
survivorship

Higher BMI Associated With Increased Risk of Breast Cancer–Related Lymphedema

Each year, about 1.38 million women worldwide are diagnosed with breast cancer. Advances in treatment have facilitated a 90% 5-year survival rate among those treated. Given the increased rate and length of survival following breast cancer, more and more survivors are facing a lifetime risk of...

breast cancer
survivorship

SABCS 2015: Women With Luminal A Breast Cancer Did Not Benefit From Adjuvant Chemotherapy in Phase III Trial

Premenopausal women whose invasive breast cancers were of the luminal A subtype had comparable 10-year disease-free survival rates, regardless of whether or not they received adjuvant chemotherapy, according to data from the phase III Dutch Breast Cancer Cooperative Group (DBCG77B) clinical trial...

head and neck cancer
survivorship

Depressed Head and Neck Cancer Patients 3.5 Times Less Likely to Survive, Have Higher Recurrence Risk

Depression is a significant predictor of 5-year survival and recurrence in head and neck cancer patients, according to a new study from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. These findings, published by Shinn et al in Psychosomatic Medicine, represent one of the largest reported...

survivorship

Cancer Survivors Are Less Likely to Receive Callbacks From Potential Employers

Job applicants who are cancer survivors are less likely to receive callbacks from potential retail employers than those who did not disclose their health history, according to a recent study by Rice University and Pennsylvania State University researchers. Study Findings The study, published by...

palliative care
breast cancer
survivorship

ABC3: Experts Create New Consensus Guidelines for Advanced Breast Cancer Treatment

Although advanced breast cancer is incurable, there are some patients who have just a few small metastases who would respond well to systemic treatments such as chemotherapy and hormone therapy. In new guidelines agreed on by participants at the Advanced Breast Cancer Third International Consensus...

cns cancers
survivorship

Chemotherapy-Induced Hearing Loss Affects Cognition in Pediatric Brain Tumor Survivors

More children are surviving malignant brain tumors than in the past, thanks to the use of intense treatments using platinum-based chemotherapy (cisplatin and high-dose carboplatin). Unfortunately, the therapy has a known side effect of permanent hearing loss, resulting from damage to the inner ear. ...

breast cancer
survivorship
cost of care

ABC3: Patients Speak Out Against 'Damaging Messages' About Metastatic Breast Cancer, Call for Inclusion in Discussion About Treatment Costs

Organizations that issue “damaging messages” about advanced breast cancer need to be identified and educated to change the way they talk about the disease, a patient told the Advanced Breast Cancer Third International Consensus Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, on November 5, 2015. In...

breast cancer
survivorship

Breast Cancer Adjuvant Therapy Benefit Can Wax and Wane Over Time

After breast cancer surgery, women are prescribed adjuvant therapies such as chemotherapy and endocrine drugs to reduce the risk of the cancer returning. It has been assumed that the treatment effects of these therapies remain constant over time, but a new study from the Cancer Therapy &...

survivorship
issues in oncology

Cancer Survivors More Likely to Have Poor Diets Than Those With No History of Cancer

While most cancer survivors in the United States are motivated to seek information about food choices and dietary changes to improve their health, a new study comparing their dietary patterns to federal guidelines indicates that they often fall short. By Zhang et al in Cancer, the findings point to ...

breast cancer
survivorship
issues in oncology

ECC 2015: Treatment of Elderly Patients With Breast Cancer Varies Throughout Europe

First results from the largest international comparison of the treatment of elderly patients with breast cancer have shown substantial differences in the use of surgery, hormone therapy, and chemotherapy among European countries. The European Registration of Cancer Care (EURECCA) study compared the ...

survivorship

Tailored Education Improves Awareness of Risk for Therapy-Related Complications Among Childhood Cancer Survivors

In a study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Landier et al found that education tailored to personal risk for therapy-related complications improved risk awareness in survivors of childhood cancer. The level of awareness appeared to reach a maximum after several educational sessions....

breast cancer
survivorship
issues in oncology

ECC 2015: Hormone Therapy May Prevent Ovarian Failure and Preserve Fertility in Women With Breast Cancer

Young women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer may be more likely to remain fertile if they also receive hormonal treatment, according to new research (Abstract 1957) presented at the 2015 European Cancer Congress in Vienna, Austria, and published simultaneously by Lambertini et al in Annals ...

health-care policy
survivorship
issues in oncology
issues in oncology
issues in oncology

ECC 2015: Childhood Cancers in Europe: Progress Has Been Made, but Much Still to Do

Each year in Europe, 6,000 young people die from cancer, and two-thirds of those who survive suffer from treatment-related side effects. Although there has been considerable progress in the treatment of childhood cancers over the past few decades, and cancer in childhood is rare, these are major...

head and neck cancer
survivorship

ECC 2015: Association Between Primary Surgery and Survival Benefit in Patients With Advanced Throat Cancers

Patients with cancers of the mid and lower throat may have higher survival rates if their initial treatment includes surgery, according to new research (Abstract 2804) presented at the 2015 European Cancer Congress in Vienna, Austria. Researchers explained that a nationwide study in Taiwan found...

survivorship
issues in oncology
issues in oncology

ECC 2015: EUROCARE Results Show Large Variations in Survival Among European Countries

Comparisons of cancer patients’ survival and care in Europe up to 2007 showed that although more patients are surviving for at least 5 years after diagnosis, there are large variations among countries, which are particularly significant in cancers of the blood. Milena Sant, MD, from the...

survivorship

ASCO Statement: Recommendations for Obesity Clinical Trials in Cancer Survivors

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Ligibel et al, ASCO has issued a statement providing recommendations for obesity clinical trials in cancer survivors. ASCO convened the Research Summit on Advancing Obesity Clinical Trials in Cancer Survivors in November 2014. The meeting involved...

breast cancer
issues in oncology
survivorship

Breast Cancer Symposium: Recurrence Rates for Ductal Carcinoma in Situ Treated Between 1978–2010

A new retrospective analysis explored local recurrence rates for women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) treated between 1978 and 2010. In the research (Abstract 32) by Van Zee et al, to be presented September 25 at the 2015 Breast Cancer Symposium, in San Francisco, investigators evaluated a...

skin cancer
issues in oncology
survivorship
issues in oncology
issues in oncology

Antifungal Agent Increases Risk of Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Some Lung Transplant Recipients

Voriconazole, commonly used to prevent and treat fungal infections in lung transplant recipients, significantly increases the risk for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma in this population, according to a new study by University of California San Francisco researchers. The team recommends physicians ...

breast cancer
survivorship

Group-Based Behavioral Weight Loss Intervention Successful in Overweight/Obese Breast Cancer Survivors

Obesity increases the risk for overall and breast cancer mortality and comorbidity. As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Rock et al, the Exercise and Nutrition to Enhance Recovery and Good Health for You (ENERGY) study has shown that a group-based behavioral intervention can produce...

issues in oncology
survivorship
cost of care

AACR’s Cancer Progress Report Details Major Advances in Cancer and Rising Costs of Treatment

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) 2015 Cancer Progress Report highlighted the accelerated pace of the number of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved targeted therapies over the past 5 years, which reached 52 this year; the dramatic increase in the 5-year survival rate...

survivorship

Dose Equivalence Analysis Indicates Reduced Risk of Late Heart Failure With Daunorubicin vs Doxorubicin in Survivors of Childhood Cancer

In a study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Feijen et al found that daunorubicin may be associated with reduced risk of late heart failure vs doxorubicin in survivors of childhood cancer. Study Details The study included data from 15,815 survivors of childhood cancer who survived...

breast cancer
supportive care
survivorship
issues in oncology

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...

survivorship

Survivors of Childhood Cancer Have High Risk of Recurrent Stroke

Recent evidence suggests that survivors of childhood cancer have a high risk of suffering a stroke at a surprisingly young age. A new study from the UC San Francisco Pediatric Brain Center shows that childhood cancer survivors suffering one stroke have double the risk of suffering a second stroke...

survivorship

Increased Risk of Cancers After Age 40 in Childhood Cancer Survivors

In an analysis from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Turcotte et al found that survivors of childhood cancer are at increased risk of subsequent malignant neoplasms after age 40 years. Study Details The study involved data from 3,171 survivors of...

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