Oncology

CME/CE: The Overuse of NSAIDs

Research suggests that despite widespread use, NSAIDs appear to be associated with several side effects when misused or overused that may make use of these medications dangerous in certain populations and in combination with other drugs.

CME/CE: Guidelines for Managing Breast Cancer Survivors

Experts have issued guidelines for managing the care of women with a history of invasive breast cancer. The recommendations can help clinicians increase awareness of and better manage potential long-term and late effects of the disease as well as assist with providing timely and appropriate screening and surveillance.

Laser Improves QOL for Breast Telangiectasia Due to Radiation

Significant improvements seen in emotional and functional Skindex-16 HR-QOL domains, overall score

ACOG Advocates Cascade Testing for Hereditary Gene Mutations

Ob-gyns should identify eligible patients, offer testing, and assist in decreasing barriers to testing

Pharmaceutical Aids Not Found to Be Helpful for Smoking Cessation

No evidence that varenicline, bupropion, or nicotine replacement increase probability of abstinence

10 Percent of Heart Recipients Develop De Novo Malignancy

Higher mortality for heart transplant patients with de novo solid malignancy than those without malignancy

Same-Day, Low-Dose Bowel Prep Feasible for Colonoscopy

For inpatients at high risk of poor bowel prep, same-day 1-liter polyethylene glycol-based prep effective

Surgeon sued for talking on cell phone during an operation | Feature

A surgeon took a Spanish language proficiency test while performing varicose vein surgery on a 70-year-old woman. The doctor said he had to take the test during

Variation Seen in Hospice Use for Malignant Glioma | News Brief

Differences by race, sex, age, level of education, urban versus rural residence identified

Out-of-Pocket Costs Correlate With Receipt of Cancer Care | News Brief

Across cancers, higher costs tied to higher rates of oral prescription abandonment, delayed initiation

Three-Quarters Receiving ‘End of Life Option Act’ Drugs Take Them | News Brief

Common reasons for pursuing California’s EOLOA are not wanting to suffer, not being able to enjoy life

Atopic Dermatitis Associated With Higher Risk of Skin Cancer | News Brief

Individuals with a history of atopic dermatitis have a higher risk of squamous cell carcinoma development

Tips Offered for Patient-Provider Opioid Tapering Talks | News Brief

Patients should understand individualized reasons for tapering, know their providers will not abandon them

Rituximab Effective for Lupus-Associated Cytopenia | News Brief

Overall initial response rate of 86 percent in 71 patients, with complete response for 60.5 percent

Reducing Tx May Harm Safety in Early HPV+ Oropharyngeal Cancer | News Brief

For patients with stage III disease, intensification to triple-modality therapy may improve survival

Pneumatic Compression Promising for Lymphedema | News Brief

Appears to be safe, easy to use, and well tolerated for cancer-related head and neck lymphedema

Exercise Reduces Sleep Problems in Breast Cancer Survivors | News Brief

BEAT Cancer intervention improves Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index global sleep quality versus usual care

GERD Linked to Upper Aerodigestive Tract Cancers | News Brief

In elderly, tied to higher odds of malignancy in larynx, hypopharynx, oropharynx, nasopharynx

Normalized Post-Op CEA May Help Predict Colon Cancer Prognosis | News Brief

Normalized CEA post resection not indicator of poor prognosis

Early-Stage Cancer Diagnoses Up With ACA’s Medicaid Expansions | News Brief

Both overall and early diagnosis of cancer increased in first year of expansions

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