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breast cancer

Sophia Kustas Smith, PhD, MSW, on Depression and Fatigue: Self-Managed in 'Reimagine'

Sophia Kustas Smith, PhD, MSW, of Duke University, discusses study findings on an online, symptom self-management curriculum, known as www.reimagine.me, employed for breast cancer survivors with chronic pain (Abstract 182).

survivorship

Ann H. Partridge, MD, MPH, on Adolescent and Young Adult Patients: Their Survivorship Challenges

Ann H. Partridge, MD, MPH, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, summarizes a session she co-chaired on the unique issues affecting adolescent and young adult patients, including their psychosocial needs and concerns that clinicians may overlook.

thyroid cancer
survivorship

Dong Wook Shin, MD, DrPH, MBA, on Thyroid Cancer: Risk of Side Effects

Dong Wook Shin, MD, DrPH, MBA, of Seoul National University Cancer Hospital, discusses the risk of coronary heart disease and ischemic stroke in patients with thyroid cancer taking levothyroxine (Abstract 105).

solid tumors
survivorship

Mohammad Abu Zaid, MD, on Testicular Cancer: Study Results on Metabolic Syndrome

Mohammad Abu Zaid, MD, of Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, discusses findings from a multicenter study of North American testicular cancer survivors, their prevalence of hypertension, risk factors for metabolic syndrome, and the need for screening and treatment (Abstract 102).

survivorship

Emily S. Tonorezos, MD, on Childhood Cancer Survivors and Late-Occurring Effects

Emily S. Tonorezos, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses childhood cancer survivors and the protection from late-occurring anthracycline-related cardiotoxicity conferred by a RARG coding variant.

survivorship

K. Holly Mead, PhD, on Identifying Models of Cancer Survivorship Care

K. Holly Mead, PhD, of George Washington University, discusses specialized survivorship-specific programs, which are gaining prominence, with over 40% of cancer centers in her study providing this type of care (Abstract 1).

breast cancer
survivorship

Shawna V. Hudson, PhD, on Breast Cancer: A Quality-of-Life Program

Shawna V. Hudson, PhD, of Rutgers University, discusses a survivorship program designed to improve the quality of life for Hispanic and Latino breast cancer survivors (Abstract 183).

survivorship

Health-Related Quality of Life After Cancer Diagnosis in Adolescents/Young Adults

In a longitudinal study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Husson et al found that health-related quality of life improved between diagnosis and 2 years after diagnosis in adolescent/young adult (AYA) patients with cancer, but it remained impaired compared with population norms. Study...

survivorship

How Common Is Cognitive Impairment After Chemotherapy in Breast Cancer Survivors?

In a prospective longitudinal study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Janelsins et al found that nearly half of women with breast cancer reported a clinically significant decline in cognitive function from before to after chemotherapy, compared with only 10% of age-matched noncancer...

survivorship

ASCO Clinical Practice Guideline on Prevention and Monitoring of Cardiac Dysfunction in Survivors of Adult Cancers

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Saro H. Armenian, DO, MPH, of City of Hope, and colleagues, ASCO has released a clinical practice guideline on prevention and monitoring of cardiac dysfunction in survivors of adult cancers. Recommendations were developed by an expert panel using a ...

breast cancer
survivorship

Dawn Hershman, MD, on Breast Cancer Survivorship: Poster Discussion

Dawn Hershman, MD, of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University Medical Center, reviews findings on survivorship care plans, interventions to reduce chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, and the cardiac effects of aromatase inhibitors (Poster Discussion 4).

leukemia
survivorship

Smita Bhatia, MD, MPH, and Jessica Wu, BA, on CML: A Report From the Bone Marrow Transplant Survivor Study

Smita Bhatia, MD, MPH, and Jessica Wu, BA, both of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, discuss long-term morbidity and mortality experienced by chronic myeloid leukemia patients after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (Abstract 823).

breast cancer
issues in oncology
survivorship

Psychotropic and Opioid Medication Use in Older Patients With Breast Cancer Across the Care Trajectory

A new McGill University study published by Syrowatka et al in JNCCN – Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network found that most patients with breast cancer aged 65 and older use psychotropic and opioid medications during active treatment, often in the first year of...

survivorship

Do Cancer Survivors Use Medications for Anxiety and Depression at a Higher Rate Than Those Without Cancer?

In a study of population-based data reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Hawkins et al found that adult cancer survivors receive medication for anxiety and depression at twice the rate of that in adults without cancer. The study involved data from the National Health Interview Survey for...

survivorship

Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancers Report Long-Term Health Issues

Although progress in treatment and supportive care for children with cancer has resulted in improved survival of these patients, some survivors experience ongoing medical conditions from their cancer or its treatment, including poor general health, poor mental health, functional impairment,...

supportive care
survivorship

Sexual Pain Experienced by Women After Cancer Is Common and May Be Ignored

Painful sex in women after cancer treatment is relatively common, often treatable, and needs to be addressed by medical providers, a University of California (UC), Davis, oncologist and researcher suggests. Vanessa Kennedy, MD, a gynecologic oncologist at UC Davis Health System, said that with...

survivorship
cost of care

African American Cancer Survivors More Likely to Experience Lasting Debt Related to Cancer and Its Treatment

African American cancer survivors are more likely than whites to experience lasting debt or forgo necessary medical care as they struggle with the financial burden of cancer, while whites are somewhat more likely to use existing assets to pay for their cancer care, according to a study (C13)...

issues in oncology
survivorship

New American Cancer Society Report Reveals Gaps in Pediatric Cancer Research

A first-of-its-kind joint report from the American Cancer Society and Alliance for Childhood Cancer has compiled the latest information related to pediatric cancer, including statistics and trends; a current list of drugs used to treat pediatric cancers; ongoing pediatric cancer clinical trials;...

survivorship

Pulmonary Complications in Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer

A team of researchers from nine leading academic hospitals and research centers have published a paper in the journal Cancer that describes pulmonary outcomes among childhood cancer survivors. The study also evaluates the impact of complications such as asthma, chronic cough, emphysema, and...

issues in oncology
survivorship

Obesity on the Rise in Adults With a History of Cancer

A study at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health showed that obesity was more prevalent in patients with a history of cancer than in the general population, and survivors of colorectal and breast cancers were particularly affected. The study is among the first to compare rates of...

survivorship
pain management

ASCO Releases Clinical Practice Guideline on Management of Chronic Pain in Survivors of Adult Cancers

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Judith A. Paice, PhD, RN, of Northwestern University, and colleagues, ASCO has released a clinical practice guideline on management of chronic pain in survivors of adult cancers. The guideline was based on literature review by an expert panel, with ...

survivorship

Endocrine Abnormalities Increase Over Time in Aging Survivors of Childhood Cancer

The cumulative incidence of endocrinopathies steadily increased over time in aging survivors of childhood cancers, according to an analysis of data from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study reported by Mostoufi-Moab et al in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Study Details The study included...

breast cancer
survivorship
symptom management

Can Self-Administered Acupressure Reduce Fatigue in Breast Cancer Survivors?

Self-administered relaxing acupressure and stimulating acupressure were both associated with reduced persistent fatigue vs usual care in breast cancer survivors, according to a randomized clinical trial reported by Zick et al in JAMA Oncology. However, only relaxing acupressure had significant...

breast cancer
survivorship

AACR 2016: Genomic Variants May Influence Risk for Breast Cancer After Chest Radiotherapy to Treat Childhood Cancer

Among females who received radiotherapy to the chest as part of treatment for a childhood cancer, those who had either of two specific genetic variants were at significantly higher risk of developing breast cancer later in life, according to research presented by Morton et al at the 2016 AACR...

survivorship

Differences in Marital Status and Cancer Mortality by Race/Ethnicity and Nativity Explored

Previous studies have shown that married patients with cancer fare better than unmarried patients with cancer, surviving more often and longer. In a new study, published by Martínez et al in Cancer, researchers at University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine reported that the...

survivorship

Racial/Ethnic Patterns of Morbidity and Mortality Among Childhood Cancer Survivors

An analysis in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study cohort reported by Liu et al in the Journal of Clinical Oncology indicated that differences in risk for poor outcomes among black, Hispanic, and white survivors of childhood cancer were generally mediated by differences in socioeconomic status and...

symptom management
survivorship

Joseph B. Narus, DNP, GNP-BC, ANP, on Sexual Function in Survivors: Guideline Update

Joseph B. Narus, DNP, GNP-BC, ANP, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses the impact of cancer treatment on men’s sexual health, and treatment options to improve erectile function.

survivorship

Effects of Chemotherapy on Pregnancy for Survivors of Childhood Cancer Treated Between 1970 and 1999

In an analysis in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study cohort reported in The Lancet Oncology, Chow et al found that increasing doses of several alkylating agents reduced the likelihood of fathering a pregnancy among male survivors of childhood cancer, with fewer drug associations with pregnancy...

survivorship

ENDO 2016: Engineered Ovary Implant Restores Fertility in Mice

Northwestern University scientists used a three-dimensional (3D) printer to create a prosthetic ovary—an implant that allowed mice that had their ovaries surgically removed to bear live young. The results were presented by Laronda et al on Saturday, April 2, at the Endocrine Society's Annual...

survivorship

Survivors of Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer May Be at Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Survivors of adolescent and young adult cancer were at a greater than twofold increased risk for cardiovascular disease than their counterparts without cancer, according to a study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Chao et al. Study Details The study involved data from a...

survivorship

Low-Magnitude, High-Frequency Mechanical Stimulation May Improve Bone Mineral Density in Young Childhood Cancer Survivors

In a small trial reported in JAMA Oncology, Mogil et al found that low-magnitude, high-frequency mechanical stimulation improved the whole-body bone mineral density score in childhood cancer survivors with low bone mineral density. Study Details In the double-blind trial, 65 survivors of...

solid tumors
hematologic malignancies
issues in oncology
survivorship

Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Among Survivors of Some Adult-Onset Cancers

In a study using managed-care organization data reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Armenian et al found that survivors of adult-onset multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, lung/bronchus cancer, and breast cancer had an increased risk for subsequent cardiovascular disease. Study...

head and neck cancer
survivorship

New American Cancer Society Guideline Addresses Long-Term Needs of Head and Neck Cancer Survivors

A new American Cancer Society guideline provides clinicians with recommendations on key areas of clinical follow-up care for survivors of head and neck cancer, a growing population numbering approximately 436,060 and accounting for 3% of all cancer survivors living in the United States. The...

survivorship

Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, on Survival as a Measure of Quality and Advances in Therapy

Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania, discusses his paper, which explores lessons learned from analyses of the National Cancer Data Base. (Abstract 173)

survivorship

Eye Movement Affected in Some Former Childhood Cancer Patients

A study from Lund University in Sweden has shown that commonly used chemotherapy toxins impair the eyesight in childhood cancer survivors in a way that indicates an impact on the central nervous system. The results were published by Einarsson et al in PLOS One. It was not the former patients' ...

survivorship

Norwegian Male Cancer Survivors Less Likely to Reproduce

A study of all Norwegian men born between 1965 and 1985 showed that male cancer survivors are less likely to have children than those without a cancer diagnosis. “These findings are important for male cancer survivors, seeing as we can identify groups at risk of having reproduction...

survivorship
cns cancers
issues in oncology

Increased Risk of Severe Neurocognitive Impairment in Adult Survivors of Pediatric CNS Tumors

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Brinkman et al, a study in the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort showed that adult survivors of pediatric central nervous system (CNS) tumors are at increased risk of severe neurocognitive impairment. Study Details The study involved 224 survivors of CNS...

hematologic malignancies
lymphoma
survivorship

Dutch Study Shows Increased Risk of Second Cancer for Survivors of Hodgkin Lymphoma During Long-Term Follow-up

In a Dutch study reported in The New England Journal of Medicine, Schaapveld et al found that survivors of Hodgkin lymphoma treated between 1965 and 2000 were at a 4.6-fold greater risk of second cancer vs the general population during long-term follow-up. There was no significant difference in the ...

breast cancer
survivorship

ACS/ASCO Breast Cancer Survivorship Care Guideline

The American Cancer Society (ACS) and ASCO have issued a Breast Cancer Survivorship Care guideline, published jointly in the Journal of Clinical Oncology and CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. The guideline recommendations were formulated by a multidisciplinary expert work group and are based on...

leukemia
lymphoma
survivorship

Reduction in Late Mortality in Childhood Cancer Survivors in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study Cohort

In a study reported in The New England Journal of Medicine, Armstrong et al found that late mortality decreased over time among 5-year survivors of childhood cancer in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study cohort. The reduction is consistent with efforts during recent decades to modify treatment with ...

survivorship
issues in oncology

Material and Psychological Financial Hardship for U.S. Cancer Patients

In a population-based study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Yabroff et al found that cancer and its treatment were associated with material financial hardship for 29% and psychological financial hardship for 32% of patients aged 18 to 64 years in the United States. Financial hardship...

survivorship

Crystal S. Denlinger, MD, on Management of Anthracycline-Induced Cardiac Toxicity

Crystal S. Denlinger, MD, of Fox Chase Cancer Center, discusses cardiac toxicities in cancer survivors, a new topic for the NCCN Survivorship Guidelines this year, and the need for more research on this important side effect, including prevention and surveillance.

palliative care
survivorship

Samuel M. Silver, MD, PhD, and David S. Ettinger, MD, on the Characteristics of an Optimal Clinical Practice Guideline

Samuel M. Silver, MD, PhD, of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, and David S. Ettinger, MD, of The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, discuss the evolution of the NCCN Guidelines, the importance of including palliative care and survivorship...

survivorship

Rebecca H. Johnson, MD, on Fertility Preservation and Cancer

Although guidelines worldwide mandate fertility preservation for newly diagnosed patients within their reproductive window, most patients are still not referred or offered this option. Rebecca H. Johnson, MD, of Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, explains the steps that need to be taken when...

palliative care
lung cancer
survivorship

Areej El-Jawahri, MD, and Eric Roeland, MD, FAAHPM, on Quality of Life and Satisfaction With Care

Eric Roeland, MD, FAAHPM, of the University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center, and Areej El-Jawahri, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital, discuss two important studies on early palliative care and the use of anamorelin in advanced NSCLC with cachexia.

survivorship

Gregory T. Armstrong, MD, MSCE, and Lisa Diller, MD, on Reduction of Late Mortality in Childhood Cancer Survivors

Lisa Diller, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Gregory T. Armstrong, MD, MSCE, of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, discuss the findings of a landmark survivorship study (Abstract LBA2).

survivorship
cns cancers

Gregory T. Armstrong, MD, MSCE, on Late Mortality in Childhood Cancer Survivors

Gregory T. Armstrong, MD, MSCE, of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, discusses the findings of a landmark survivorship study (Abstract LBA2).

survivorship
supportive care

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
supportive care
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

supportive care
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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