Daily Oncology News Alerts

Cost of Treating Skin Cancer is Skyrocketing (11/18/2014) - Government study sheds little light on reasons for dramatic increase Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States and in the past few years has become a growing public health problem. Not only is the number of skin cancer cases growing, the cost of treating the disease is surging. In fact, […]
Thyroid Cancer: Decisions About Tests and Treatment (11/18/2014) - To the Editor: Re “An Epidemic of Thyroid Cancer?,” by H. Gilbert Welch (Op-Ed, Nov. 6), and “Study Points to Overdiagnosis of Thyroid Cancer” (news article, Nov. 6): It was bittersweet to have these two articles appear the day before my thyroid surgery, and to be reading them the day after. They validate the months […]
In Their Own Words: Lung Cancer Is Not Only a Smoker’s Disease (11/18/2014) - Nine and a half years ago I was diagnosed with lung cancer and I was told that I had 3 to 5 years to live. When I heard those words I was in total disbelief. I was a healthy, relatively young woman who never, ever smoked. I was active, teaching school, and busy being a […]
The Cancer Breakthrough With Big Implications (11/17/2014) - Screening tumors could lead to smarter decisions about which cancer treatments will work best for individual patients Once you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, you’re sent for a dizzying array of tests — but most of them are focused on you, as the living host of the tumors, and not on the malignant growths themselves. That […]
New Bristol-Myers Drug Helped Skin-Cancer Patients in Trial Live Longer (11/17/2014) - New Crop of Drugs Work by Unleashing Body’s Immune System Against Tumors A new Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. drug helped skin-cancer patients live longer than those who received chemotherapy in a clinical trial, the latest evidence behind a promising new crop of drugs that work by unleashing the body’s immune system against tumors. It is the […]
AJMC Oncology Conference Helps Managed Care Stakeholders Do More for Patients Who Have Coverage, But Still Have Limits (11/17/2014) - Cancer care in America is at a crossroads, for while patients are gaining control over their care in some ways, they are losing choices, too, including where some can get treatment. Those were among the lessons from Patient Centered Oncology Care 2014, the annual conference sponsored by The American Journal of Managed Care, which brings […]
Chemotherapy Parity Laws Ignore Cost–Quality Question (11/14/2014) - With the FDA approval of several oral chemotherapy agents, the cost of medications to treat cancer is increasing rapidly. To control costs, legislators, patient advocates, and physicians have pushed for oral chemotherapy parity laws. But, according to a recent viewpoint article by Bo Wang, PharmD, and colleagues at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard […]
‘Peak Obamacare': Will Exchanges End With A Bang Or A Whimper? (11/14/2014) - The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear King v. Burwell, an important case about Obamacare’s subsidies (tax credits) to health insurers. Plaintiffs argue that in the 36 states with federal Obamacare exchanges, subsidies cannot be paid legally. If no subsidies can be paid, neither the individual mandate to buy health insurance nor the employer […]