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breast cancer
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integrative oncology

Acupuncture May Reduce Arm Lymphedema in Patients with Breast Cancer

Arm lymphedema affects approximately 30% of breast cancer survivors, with rates increasing with longer follow-up and cases presenting well beyond the active treatment period. Lymphedema is observed even with use of less-invasive surgical techniques for staging, and risk is further increased by such ...

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issues in oncology

Majority of Patients with Incurable Lung Cancer Have Inaccurate Expectations about Goals of Radiation Therapy

Aileen B. Chen, MD, MPP, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and colleagues in the Cancer Care Outcomes Research and Surveillance (CanCORS) Consortium recently assessed patient expectations regarding goals of radiation therapy (RT) for incurable lung cancer. They ...

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issues in oncology

ASCO 2013: Adapting to Ongoing Shortages of Common Cancer Drugs

A survey of 214 U.S. oncologists and hematologists found that more than 80% encountered cancer drug shortages between March and September of 2012, and many reported that shortages affected the quality of patient care they were able to provide. As physicians were forced to substitute more expensive...

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New Labeling for Reformulated OxyContin to Curb Abuse

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved updated labeling for the reformulated painkiller OxyContin (controlled-release oxycodone hydrochloride). The new labeling will indicate that the drug has physical and chemical properties that make injection or snorting challenging. This new measure ...

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Antidepressant Helps Relieve Pain from Chemotherapy, Study Finds

The antidepressant drug duloxetine (Cymbalta) helped relieve painful numbness and tingling feelings caused by chemotherapy in 59% of patients, a new study finds. This is the first clinical trial to find an effective treatment for this pain. Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy is a common...

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UC Davis Research Advances Efforts to Prevent Venous Thromboembolism

New research from the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, published in the Journal of Surgical Research, may help clinicians determine which patients are at highest risk for postsurgical blood clots in the legs or lungs. A team led by Robert J. Canter, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery at UC...

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survivorship

Study Shows Confidence Builds Better Exercise Habits for Cancer Survivors

Endometrial cancer survivors are more likely to complete physical activity, and for longer durations, when their daily self-efficacy is higher, according to a study published online in the journal Health Psychology, a publication of the American Psychology Association. “Sedentary behavior is ...

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Involving Other Providers in Palliative Care May Help Meet Growing Demand

As baby boomers age and the number of people with serious chronic illnesses continues to rise, the demand for experts in palliative medicine is sure to outstrip the supply, according Timothy E. Quill, MD, Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Medical Humanities in the Center for Ethics, Humanities...

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