Daily Oncology News Alerts

Bladder Cancer Drug Shortages and Price Gouging: The New Reality (10/17/2014) - The Presentation Tom quit smoking as his second marriage started.  The booze stopped as well.  In his inimitable Yinzer brogue he assured me he was “totally clean and n’at”.  The light banter stopped when his wife interjected about seeing blood all over the toilet yesterday.  Tom was in denial.  His wife knew the score.  Both […]
Use of Intensive Medical Services for Ovarian Cancer Patients at End of Life Increases Despite Rise in Use of Hospice (10/17/2014) - There have been widespread efforts to improve the quality of life of terminally ill patients. As more patients choose to spend their final days and weeks in hospice care rather than a hospital, the hope is the use of intensive and costly hospital services would decline. A new study by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers shows […]
MD Anderson Study First to Compare Treatments, Survival Benefits for Early-Stage Lung Cancer (10/17/2014) - Removal of the entire lobe of lung may offer patients with early-stage lung cancer better overall survival when compared with a partial resection, and stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) may offer the same survival benefit as a lobectomy for some patients, according to a study from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The research […]
Metastatic Breast Cancer Landscape Analysis: October 2014 Research Report Released (10/16/2014) - The focus on survivorship obscures the fact that, in spite of decades of breast cancer awareness and research funding, 40,000 women and men still die of breast cancer every year in the United States with metastasis the cause of virtually all deaths from breast cancer.   Read the entrie article here.
Treatments for Breast Cancer Dramatically Improving (10/16/2014) - The last couple of decades have seen dramatic changes in how breast cancers are treated, from less invasive surgeries to the development of drugs that can target and treat specific types of cancer. These rapid changes are what keep Jessica Snider, D.O., so excited about her role in oncology at Mercy Clinic Cancer and Hematology […]
Maine Hospitals See Price Increase for Specialty Cancer Drugs (10/16/2014) - A new change in the way three of the most commonly used cancer drugs are distributed could cause new headaches for hospitals and their patients. In addition, hospitals are losing discounts that were previously available to them. And that means a hefty price tag. The drugs — Avastin, Herceptin, and Rituxan — are considered blockbusters […]
COA Responds to Inaccuracies in 60 Minutes Story on Cancer Drug Prices (10/15/2014) - Even though COA representatives were interviewed on camera by 60 Minutes, and provided the CBS show with facts/data, 60 Minutes choose to ignore the reality of cancer care provided by community oncology clinics. Download entire article here
Center for Medicine in the Public Interest Challenges Accuracy of 60 Minutes Cancer Story (10/15/2014) - This week, the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest issued a press release criticizing CBS’ “60 Minutes” segment on cancer treatment prices as not just distorted but ‘dead wrong.’ “Featuring physicians that argue that treatment prices are too high does not change the fact that the cost of cancer drugs are about 12 percent […]