Daily Oncology News Alerts

How Might Crushes Right In Healthcare (6/30/2015) - Dr. Melos is a gastroenterologist in solo practice in a medium-sized Midwestern city.  One day she hears a knock on her door.  When she answers, she finds two representatives of Athenian Health System, who request a few minutes of her time.  She invites them to take a seat in her office. After exchanging pleasantries, the […]
Providers Fear Insurance Mergers Will Intensify Rate Pressures (6/30/2015) - Dr. Robert Wergin practices family medicine in Milford, Neb., population 2,000. His office interacts with many different health insurers. But three carriers—Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, Aetna subsidiary Coventry Health Care and UnitedHealthcare—are the dominant private payers in his area. That number could shrink even more.
Beating Cancer: What Comes Next For Survivors? (6/30/2015) - Historically, cancer has been about the finish line — surviving. Today, more and more, cancer is about living. “We imagine the finish line and think once you get to the line, things will be different,” says Dr. Nancy Boutin, medical director of Salem Health’s Salem Cancer Institute. “But you have all of your life to […]
Hidden Cancer Rarely Causes Out-of-the-Blue Clots in the Bloodstream (6/30/2015) - Blood clots can be lifesavers when they form outside the bloodstream to stop bleeding from an injury. But they can wreak havoc when they form inside the bloodstream. A blood clot in a coronary artery can cause a heart attack. One in the brain can cause a stroke. Blood clots that form in a leg […]
Cancer Drugs vs. Value (6/29/2015) - A prototype tool developed by leading oncologists determines the survival benefit of high-cost medicine. The pushback against soaring cancer drug prices is gaining steam. A leading doctors’ group on Monday proposed a formula to help patients decide whether a medicine is worth it – what it will cost them and how much good it is likely […]
Paul Ryan: ObamaCare Will ‘Collapse Under Its Own Weight’ (6/29/2015) - Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Sunday predicted that, now that the Supreme Court upheld Affordable Care Act subsidies, the law will fail by itself. Speaking on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday, Ryan said the Supreme Court was wrong to uphold federal healthcare subsidies under ObamaCare.
Watson’s Next Feat? Taking On Cancer (6/29/2015) - IBM’s computer brain is training alongside doctors to do what they can’t Candida Vitale and the other fellows at MD Anderson’s leukemia treatment center had known one another for only a few months, but they already were very tight. The nine of them shared a small office and were always hanging out on weekends. But […]
Scientists Develop Cancer Drug That Starves Tumor Cells (6/29/2015) - The drug stops cancer cells’ ability to metabolize glucose, causing them to die. A new drug was shown in lab tests to successfully shut down the metabolism of cancer cells, causing them to die, while remaining non-toxic to healthy cells around them. The drug, called SR9243, blocks The Warburg effect, a method that cancer cells […]