Daily Oncology News Alerts

From the E.R. to the Courtroom: How Nonprofit Hospitals Are Seizing Patients’ Wages (12/22/2014) - One Missouri hospital has sued thousands of uninsured patients who couldn’t pay for their care, then grabbed a hefty portion of their paychecks to cover the bills. “We will be paying them off until we die,” one debtor said. On the eastern edge of St. Joseph, Missouri, lies the small city’s only hospital, a landmark […]
Medicare Patient Skips Mortgage to Cope With $20,000 Bill (12/22/2014) - Each month, William Piorun has to choose between paying his mortgage or buying medicine that keeps his pituitary-gland tumor in check. This month and last, the 65-year-old Medicare patient paid the mortgage, and stopped taking a drug that his doctor says he needs to ward off the risk of premature death. Once, hard choices like […]
FDA Approves First in New Class of Drugs for Advanced Ovarian Cancer (12/22/2014) - Agency also gives OK to genetic test used to identify eligible patients (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug to treat advanced ovarian cancer, along with a test to identify patients eligible to receive the drug. Lynparza (olaparib) belongs to a new class of drugs called poly ADP-ribose […]
Long Radiation Treatments Called Unnecessary in Many Breast Cancer Cases (12/12/2014) - Two-thirds of women who have lumpectomies for breast cancer are receiving radiation treatment that lasts nearly twice as long as necessary, a new study reports. The conventional, longer treatment lasts five to seven weeks. But four rigorous studies and guidelines from a leading radiology society conclude that three to four weeks of more intense radiation […]
Drug Shortage Crisis Puts Public Health at Risk (12/12/2014) - Hospitals and pharmacies around the country are facing severe shortages of essential drugs. These shortages can limit access to critical medications and compromise patient safety, resulting in serious illness and even death. In a 2011 survey, the American Hospital Association reported that 82% of hospitals had to delay therapy due to a drug shortage. And […]
With 1.5 Million Sign-Ups So Far, Obamacare Enrollment Is Brisk (12/12/2014) - With less than a week until the deadline to buy individual health insurance that begins Jan. 1, experts say sign-ups are on course to hit or exceed the Obama administration’s projection of about 9 million enrollees in 2015. Several weeks into the second year of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges, about 1.5 million people […]
Breast Cancer Prevention Drug Gives Lasting Protection, Study Finds (12/12/2014) - Taking the cancer drug tamoxifen for five years drives down the incidence of breast cancer in women at high risk for the disease by close to 30%, researchers have found. And the medication’s protective effects against breast cancer appear to last, unabated, for as long as 16 years after a woman stops taking it, a […]
CPAN and Florida Cancer Specialists Present Patient Advocacy (12/11/2014) - The Community Oncology Alliance (COA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving access to community cancer care, and its advocacy arm, the Community Oncology Alliance Patient Advocacy Network (CPAN), conducted a Patient Advocacy Educational Event in conjunction with Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Institute (FCS).     Read the entire article here