Daily Oncology News Alerts

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  
Abuse of Federal Drug Program Hurts TN’s Poorest (12/11/2014) - Failed federal entitlement programs are characteristically enacted under the guise of well-intentioned policy goals. Unfortunately, they often end up failing to achieve those good intentions, and fall prey to abuse — and one such federal program in Tennessee appears to be the latest example that fits the bill. The 340B Drug Pricing Program, originally designed […]
A Doctor’s Concern for Private Practice (12/11/2014) - Indiana’s private practitioners, family doctors among them, need your help — a Code Red, if you will. Specifically, they need you to understand the economic pressures changing how your medical care is provided — and not just those changes associated with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Wall Street Journal, for instance, warned […]
Triple negative breast cancer casts a long shadow of worry, study shows (12/10/2014) - For women with so-called “triple negative” breast cancer, a new study confirms something many of them already know: The worry never goes away. A study to be unveiled at the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium later this week shows that triple negative breast cancer patients have more fear, anxiety and worry than other breast […]