Oncology

Three-Pronged Approach Can Improve Physician Engagement

Strategy used by one practice improved physician engagement and relieved burnout

More Evidence Colonoscopy Cuts Colorectal Cancer Mortality

Colonoscopy lessens mortality for all colorectal cancer, but more so for left-sided disease

Odds of Opioid Prescriptions Up in Head and Neck Cancer Patients

More oxycodone tablets provided per prescription for HNCA versus lung and colon cancer

Median Household Income Predicts Survival in Anal Cancer

Lower income tied to worse overall, cancer-specific survival in squamous cell carcinoma of the anus

ACC: Carvedilol Doesn’t Prevent Anthracycline Cardiotoxicity

Carvedilol does not prevent reduction in LVEF in breast cancer but is linked to lower troponin I levels

Most Women Willing to Trade Off Benefits, Risks of Breast Screening

Women are willing to accept 1.72 additional unnecessary follow-ups and willing to pay £79.17

No Benefit for Aggressive Therapy in Metastatic Prostate Cancer

However, mortality higher with conservative therapy in locally advanced, non-metastatic prostate cancer

AAOS: Stem Cell Tx for Knee OA Costs About $5,000 Per Injection

High cost, rapidly expanding use despite low-level evidence; mean marketed clinical efficacy of 82.2%

Single PSA Screening Doesn’t Cut Prostate Cancer Mortality

But screening is associated with increased detection of low-risk prostate cancer

CDC Update: Flu Season Finally Peaked | Feature

The 2017-18 influenza season peaked in early February and is now on the decline, according to a data published by the CDC March 3rd. Here are some

Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults Aged 19 Years or Older, 2018 | Feature

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued its 2018 Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults Aged 19

“Officials find NYC hospitals riddled with shocking violations.” | Feature

I know it’s only the New York Post, but that headline could not be more misleading: The article says that state health inspectors found “19 instances of

Limited Evidence for Clinical Validity, Utility of ctDNA | Feature

No evidence for circulating tumor DNA assays in early-stage cancer, residual disease detection

Excretion of Volatile Organic Compounds Up in Teen E-Smokers | Feature

Excretion of metabolites of acrylonitrile, acrolein, propylene oxide, acrylamide, crotonaldehyde up

Increase in Other Flavored Tobacco Use After Menthol Ban | Feature

Increase in percentage of those who attempted to quit at follow-up versus before ban implementation

Risk of Mental Health Visits Up in Childhood Cancer Survivors | Feature

Childhood cancer survivors diagnosed by age 4 have elevated risk of severe mental health events

Unmet Health Needs for Patients With Uveal Melanoma | Feature

Most express unmet needs at 1 week, 3 months after diagnosis; drop in unmet needs over time

Calcium ± Vit D Supplements Up Risk of Colon Adenomas, Polyps | Feature

Late effect findings of sessile serrated adenomas, polyps in those taking calcium with/without vitamin D

Markups for Oncology Services Vary at the Hospital Level | Feature

Higher markups associated with prestige status for radiology and pathology services

Many Untreated CIN2 Lesions Regress Spontaneously | Feature

Regression of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 2 lesions especially likely in younger women

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