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ASCO Issues Statement in Response to American Cancer Society Report

Today the American Cancer Society issued a report showing a 20% decline in cancer death rates between 1991 and 2010, and estimating that 1.3 million deaths have been averted as a result of the decline. ASCO issued the following statement: “This is tremendous progress and a direct result ...

health-care policy
hematologic malignancies
issues in oncology
issues in oncology

Choosing Wisely® Initiative Improves Quality and Cost of Care

Five commonly used hematology tests, treatments, and procedures are not always necessary, according to the Choosing Wisely® initiative of the ABIM (American Board of Internal Medicine) Foundation. The American Society of Hematology (ASH) Choosing Wisely list of these five tests was...

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issues in oncology

Online Training Tool Can Improve Pathway Adherence and Reduce Costs

A new educational tool for oncologists may enhance compliance with quality care standards and improve the value of cancer care, ultimately resulting in big cost savings for health-care systems, according to Karen Fields, MD, and colleagues from H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute,...

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legislation

The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Oncology Care

According to the Congressional Budget Office, over the next 10 years, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will result in approximately 25 million newly insured individuals and 12 million more Medicaid beneficiaries through the the Medicaid expansion provision. While the law provides...

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survivorship

Older Cancer Survivors in Rural Areas Forgo Health Care Due to Cost

Rural cancer survivors aged 65 or older were 66% more likely to forgo routine follow-up health care and 54% more likely to forgo dental care because of cost, compared with their urban counterparts, according to a study by Nynikka Palmer, DrPH, MPH, Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Social...

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Statement by ASCO President Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, in Support of the Rally for Medical Research Hill Day

“With the unprecedented scientific opportunities now promising significant progress against cancer and other life-threatening diseases, it is a tragedy that we are even considering cuts to our nation's investment in biomedical research. Yet, such cuts are already happening because of the...

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AACR Warns That Diminished NIH Funding Jeopardizes Ability to Eradicate Cancer Health Disparities

This afternoon, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) hosted a congressional briefing to highlight the significance of federally funded biomedical research in improving our understanding of cancer health disparities and developing targeted interventions to eliminate them. The...

breast cancer
health-care policy

Factors Influencing Delay in Breast Cancer Treatment Differ for African American and White Women

Different factors influence delay between diagnosis and first course of treatment for breast cancer for African American and white women, according to a recently published study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The study used data from the Carolina Breast Cancer Study (CBCS)...

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ASCO and Other Cancer Groups Ask for Guidance on Protecting Patient Access to Clinical Trials

A jointly signed letter by ASCO and more than 50 other cancer and health-care organizations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius and Acting Secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL) Seth D. Harris asks that they provide clear federal regulations and guidance on...

breast cancer
health-care policy
legislation

Two Bills before Congress Aim to Fight Breast Cancer and End Disparities in Care

Members of Congress are considering two bills that could advance cures for breast cancer and provide better education for women grappling with decisions about their treatment options. Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act of 2013 (S. 865/H.R. 1830)...

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Accountable Care Organizations May Be at Risk for New Medical Liabilities

The promotion of accountable care organizations, a crucial element in the Affordable Care Act, may result in liability risks, asserted authors H. Benjamin Harvey, MD, JD, a radiologist in the Department of Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and I. Glenn Cohen, JD, Assistant Professor of...

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legislation

CMS Says It Lacks Authority to Roll Back Sequestration Cuts to Medicare Payments for Part B Cancer Drugs

According to a June 3 letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), there will be no reprieve in the 2% ($11.08 billion) reduction to Medicare providers and hospitals mandated by the federal budget sequestration. The letter by CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner was in...

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National Institutes of Health Issues Projected Impact of Sequestration on Programs

Earlier this month, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released its updated projections of reductions in programs due to the deficit-budget mechanism known as sequestration, which took effect on March 1, 2013. The sequestration law requires NIH to cut 5%, or $1.55 billion, of its fiscal year...

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Congress Must Reverse Devastating Budget Cuts to Cancer Care

“Today, out of concern for public safety, Congress provided the Federal Aviation Administration enhanced flexibility in application of sequestration related cuts, including reversal of furlough requirements imposed on air traffic controllers. Individuals with cancer deserve no less....

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Bipartisan Group of 124 Lawmakers Express Concern That Medicare Cuts to Life-sustaining Cancer Drugs Threaten Patient Care

The American Society of Clinical Oncology, Community Oncology Alliance, ION Solutions, and The US Oncology Network today commended a bipartisan group of 124 lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives who sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expressing concern...

health-care policy
issues in oncology
legislation

The U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments Challenging Patents on Breast and Ovarian Cancer Genes

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a case seeking to invalidate patents on two genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) was one of the first plaintiffs to sign onto this historic legal case. ACMG was also ...

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Joint Statement on the President's Budget from ASCO, Community Oncology Alliance, ION Solutions, and the US Oncology Network

The President has released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2014, which proposes new reductions for cancer care services.  Taken in combination with existing strains imposed by sequestration, this proposal threatens access to care for some of America's most vulnerable: elderly patients with ...

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Statement by ASCO President Sandra M. Swain, MD, FACP, in Support of the Rally for Medical Research, April 8, 2013

A strong, stable federal investment in cancer research, prevention, and treatment is critical to continue the progress we are making for the more than 1.66 million Americans newly diagnosed with cancer every year. ASCO calls on Congress to renew its commitment to this life-sustaining research. As...

health-care policy

National Cancer Organizations Issue Joint Statement on Devastating Impact of Sequestration

The Community Oncology Alliance (COA), in conjunction with the American Society of Clinical Oncology, International Oncology Network/AmerisourceBergen, and the US Oncology Network, issued a joint statement on the crippling effects of sequestration cuts to cancer drugs and services which began April ...

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Cancer Drug Shortages Mean Higher Costs and Greater Risk for Patients

A national survey of health professionals showed that drug shortages are taking a heavy toll on cancer patients, forcing treatment changes and delays that for some patients meant worse outcomes, more therapy-related complications, and higher costs. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital...

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Survey of Oncology Providers Shows Sequestration Cuts Will Threaten Seniors' Cancer Care and Increase Medicare Costs

The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) has announced the results of a national survey of oncology providers about the impact of the sequestration cuts to Medicare payments for cancer drugs and services effective April 1, 2013.  The survey revealed that the planned sequestration cuts to cancer...

colorectal cancer
health-care policy
issues in oncology

Colon Cancer Patient Advocates and Physicians Urge Congress to Pass Bill Requiring Medicare Coverage of Virtual Colonoscopy

As Americans celebrate National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the Colon Cancer Alliance, COLONTOWN—a survivor/patient support group for colorectal disease, including cancer—and the American College of Radiology call on Congress to pass the CT Colonography Screening...

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ASCO President: Sequestration Will Have Shattering Impact on Entire U.S. Cancer Enterprise

Statement by ASCO President Sandra M. Swain, MD, FACP, American Society of Clinical Oncology: Today marks the beginning of sequestration, the unprecedented automatic budget cuts that immediately take effect across the federal government—after months of futile negotiations by the President...

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AACR Hosts Congressional Briefing on Cancer Progress, NIH Funding

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) hosted a briefing on February 12 for members of Congress and their legislative staffs that highlighted progress in cancer research and treatment as well as challenges created by decreased levels of funding. The briefing was held in the Rayburn...

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