Daily Oncology News Alerts

Breast Cancer Patients Lack Knowledge of Their Tumors (1/26/2015) - (Reuters Health) – Women with breast cancer often don’t know what kind of tumors they have, a new study found. Not knowing one’s tumor features isn’t necessarily tied to worse outcomes, but better knowledge might help women understand treatment decisions and take medications as directed, said Dr. Rachel Freedman, the study’s lead author from the […]
COA Board Member Dr. Barbara McAneny Testifies to Congress on SGR and Payment Reform (1/23/2015) - Testifying to the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health on behalf of the American Medical Association, Dr. McAneny made a case for fixing the SGR and enacting payment reform. http://docs.house.gov/meetings/IF/IF14/20150122/102827/HHRG-114-IF14-Wstate-McAnenyB-20150122.pdf
The People Who Brought You Cheaper Hepatitis C Drugs Are Going After Cancer Next (1/23/2015) - Express Scripts Holding Co., which this year forced price concessions from makers of $1,000-a-day hepatitis C medicines, has set its sights on $37 billion in U.S. spending on cancer medications. Its goal is to start influencing the drugs’ costs as soon as next year.
High Prices for Cancer Drugs are set at Launch: ‘It’s Where the Action Is’ (1/23/2015) - There is little question that rising prices for medicines – including many cancer treatments – is a flashpoint in the growing controversy over health care costs. But just how much have the prices for new cancer drugs been rising in recent years? A new paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that, […]
Vitamin D as Colon Cancer Foe (1/23/2015) -   A recent study in the British medical journal Gut analyzes the association of higher vitamin D levels with a reduced risk of colon cancer. The research suggests a growing understanding of vitamin D’s effect on immunity and the body’s production of infection fighting T lymphocytes, or T cells, that can attack tumor cells. Dr. […]
E-cigarette Vapor filled with Cancer-Causing Chemicals, Researchers Say (1/23/2015) - E-cigarette vapor can contain cancer-causing formaldehyde at levels up to 15 times higher than regular cigarettes, a new study finds. Researchers found that e-cigarettes operated at high voltages produce vapor with large amounts of formaldehyde-containing chemical compounds.
COA President Dr. Bruce Gould on Pressing Issues Facing Community Oncology (1/22/2015) - 2015 Forecast Series—Bruce Gould, MD, Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, President of Community Oncology Alliance (COA)
Ken Burns takes on ‘Cancer’ (1/22/2015) - Who has not been stung, in one way or another, by cancer? The statistics cited by PBS’s Sharon Rockefeller are staggering: In our lifetime, she says, one in two men, one in three women, and one in 300 children will get some form of cancer. She was one of them; Rockefeller is a colon cancer […]