Daily Oncology News Alerts

New Evidence for a Strategy to Identify Patients Nearing the End of Life (10/6/2015) - ASCO Perspective “It can be challenging for clinicians to determine which patients they should begin discussions with about end-of-life preferences. This study indicates that the answer to a single question can be an important indicator of prognosis,” said Don S. Dizon, MD, ASCO Expert and moderator of today’s presscast. “With this tool, physicians can harness […]
Breast Cancer Treatment Costs Hard to Nail Down (10/6/2015) - The cost to treat breast cancer is anyone’s guess, but patients who are covered by insurance have lower bills than those who aren’t, researchers found. Uninsured cancer patients pay up to twice as much for doctors’ visits and 43 times as much for chemotherapy drugs compared with what Medicare and private insurance pays, a study […]
CT Scans for Lung Cancer Turn Up Few False-Positives: Study (10/6/2015) - Worries that wider adoption of the screen might lead to unnecessary surgeries are unfounded, experts say Recently, CT-based screening for lung cancer in long-term smokers has been recommended by experts, and the scans are now covered by Medicare and some private insurers. But will these scans result in too many false-positive findings, causing patients unnecessary […]
COA President Dr. Bruce Gould Testified to Congress on Oncology Payment Reform Bill H.R. 1934 (10/5/2015) - During his testimony Dr. Gould stated that, “Community oncology practices like mine want to be part of the alternative payment reform path that the Energy and Commerce committee developed in the SGR legislation; however, we need a Medicare alternative payment model in oncology for that to happen. H.R. 1934 is a critical bridge to getting […]
FDA Approves Keytruda For Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (10/5/2015) - First drug approved in lung cancer for patients whose tumors express PD-L1 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today granted accelerated approval for Keytruda (pembrolizumab) to treat patients with advanced (metastatic) non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose disease has progressed after other treatments and with tumors that express a protein called PD-L1. Keytruda is approved […]
Woman Pushes for Legislation to Increase Cancer Research (10/5/2015) - Each year, more than 1.6 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer. It’s the second leading cause of death, right behind heart disease. The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network is working to change this.
The Struggle Beyond Breast Cancer: Surviving In A New Body (10/5/2015) - The minute I was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2012, my focus in life became a singular mission: survive. For two years, I lived day to day facing each new phase of treatment and fighting through it. There was no question that battling and beating breast cancer would be an epic feat. But after […]
Cancer Survivor Clinics Linked to Fewer Emergency Room Visits (10/2/2015) - Specialized clinics for childhood cancer survivors may help reduce the odds these patients will need emergency medical care as adults, a Canadian study suggests. Researchers followed almost 4,000 adult survivors of childhood cancers in Ontario for two decades. Compared with survivors who never used the specialized clinics, patients who went at least once were 19 […]