November 2014 Briefing - Hematology & Oncology

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Hematology & Oncology for November 2014. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Health Care Organizations See Value of Telemedicine

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Health care organizations are developing and implementing telemedicine programs, although many have yet to receive reimbursement, according to a report published by Foley & Lardner.

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Breast Cancer Treatments More Effective Now Than in the Past

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Comparison of recurrence and outcome patterns shows that current treatments for breast cancer are more effective than previous therapies, according to research published online Nov. 24 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Clonal Hematopoiesis With Somatic Mutations Up With Age

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Clonal hematopoiesis with somatic mutations is increasingly common with aging, according to two studies published online Nov. 26 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Obesity Tied to Half a Million Cancers Worldwide

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity is associated with close to 500,000 new cancer cases worldwide each year, and nearly two-thirds of obesity-related cancers occur in North America and Europe, according to a study published online Nov. 26 in The Lancet Oncology.

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Hospital Volume Not Linked to Costs of Cancer Surgery

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital surgical volume does not appear to correlate with Medicare payments for cancer surgery, according to research published online Nov. 24 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Diagnostic Criteria Developed for Cancer-Linked Weight Loss

TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A grading system has been developed for clinically important weight loss (WL) in patients with cancer, which includes the independent prognostic significance of body mass index (BMI) and percent WL, according to research published online Nov. 24 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Hookahs Deliver Toxic Benzene in Every Puff

TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many young people consider hookahs a hip and safer way to smoke, but a new study finds fumes from the water pipes contain the toxin benzene, which has been linked to an increased risk of leukemia. These findings were published online Nov. 21 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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Successful Outcome Leads to Early Cessation of Sickle Cell Trial

MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A clinical trial of hydroxyurea therapy for children with sickle cell anemia has been halted a year early because the results show it is a safe and effective way to manage the disease and reduce the risk of stroke. The announcement about the research, which was conducted at 25 medical centers in the United States and Canada, was made this week by the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

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Newly Insured Under ACA May Have Trouble Finding Doctors

MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans bought health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act in the past year and physicians may be reluctant to accept these patients.

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AMA: Gender Inequality Still Exists in Medicine

FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Gender inequality still exists in medicine, according to an article published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Prosocial Internet Support Group Not Beneficial for Breast Cancer

FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A prosocial Internet support group (ISG) that encourages breast cancer survivors with elevated anxiety or depression to help others may not be beneficial, according to a study published online Nov. 17 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Effect of Interventions to Improve Meds Adherence Vary

FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The effects of trials to improve medication adherence are inconsistent, with few studies of the highest quality demonstrating improvement in both adherence and clinical outcome, according to a review published online Nov. 20 in The Cochrane Library.

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Genetic Diversity May Improve Tx Response in Melanoma

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Evidence suggests a genetic basis for clinical response to cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4 (CTLA-4) blockade in melanoma, according to research published online Nov. 19 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Mastectomy Rates Rising Among Women Eligible for Lumpectomy

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A rising number of early-stage breast cancer patients who are eligible for lumpectomy are nonetheless undergoing mastectomy, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in JAMA Surgery.

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Sickle Cell Trait Tied to Increased Pulmonary Embolism Risk

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For African-Americans, sickle cell trait is associated with an increased risk of pulmonary embolism, but not deep vein thrombosis, according to a study published online Nov. 13 in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

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Variation in Proportion of Cancer Survivors Undergoing HIV Testing

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The proportion of cancer survivors undergoing HIV testing varies by state and demographic and health-related factors, according to a study published Nov. 13 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.

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Patient-Doc Relationship Affects Alternative Med Use Disclosure

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patient-centered communication with a physician can improve the likelihood of cancer patients disclosing the use of complementary health approaches (CHAs), according to a study published online Nov. 11 in Cancer.

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Telephone Support Intervention Beneficial for BRCA Carriers

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A telephone-based, peer-support program can reduce distress and unmet information needs among women with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, according to a study published online Nov. 17 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Treatments Show Promise in Metastatic Melanoma

TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In metastatic melanoma, nivolumab improves overall and progression-free survival versus dacarbazine, and dabrafenib plus trametinib improves survival versus vemurafenib monotherapy, according to two studies published online Nov. 16 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Probable/Possible Carcinogenic HPV Types Are Biologically Active

FRIDAY, Nov. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Molecular evidence indicates that eight probable/possible high-risk human papillomavirus (pHR-HPV) types are biologically active, according to a study published in the December issue of The Journal of Pathology.

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Video Tool Educates Patients About Prostate Health

FRIDAY, Nov. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A video-based educational tool may improve patient comprehension of common terminology used to describe prostate health, according to research published online Nov. 12 in Cancer.

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Triple Aim Should Be Expanded to Address Physician Burnout

FRIDAY, Nov. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Expanding the Triple Aim approach -- which includes enhancing patient experience, improving population health, and reducing costs -- to the Quadruple Aim by adding the goal of improving health care provider work life is recommended, according to the authors of an article published in the November/December issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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U.S. Prices Soaring for Some Generic Drugs

THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Market forces are dramatically driving up the cost of some generic drugs, prompting U.S. investigations into the pricing of what should be cheap alternatives to brand-name medications.

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Guidelines Aim to Reduce 2nd Surgeries Post-Lumpectomy

THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In a study of 241 ,597 women who had breast conservation surgery for breast cancer, 23.6 percent needed a second operation. The report was published online Nov. 12 in JAMA Surgery.

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Many U.S. Doctors Wary of Genetic Testing

THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many American doctors may not support genetic testing in patients without a major family history of certain illnesses, suggests a new survey of physicians. The report appears in the Nov. 13 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Acupuncture, Exercise May Ease Pain for Breast Cancer Patients

THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer patients who experience pain and swelling related to their treatment may find relief in acupuncture and exercise, new research suggests. The two studies have been published in the November issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs.

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Research Shows Men Can Get Oral HPV Infection From Women

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Men are at increased risk for oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infection if their female sex partners have oral and/or genital HPV infections, according to a study published online Nov. 12 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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Anemia Prevalent Among Older Patients With Diabetes

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For older patients with diabetes, the prevalence of anemia is 59 percent, with determinants including older age and longer duration of diabetes, according to research published in the October issue of Clinical Diabetes.

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Ezetimibe Not Tied to Higher Cancer Risk, Mortality

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Treatment with the lipid-lowering therapy ezetimibe/simvastatin is not associated with an increased risk of developing cancer or an increased risk of dying from cancer, according to research published in the Nov. 15 issue of the American Journal of Cardiology.

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Cancer Patients in Hospice Face Less Aggressive Treatment

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer patients who choose hospice care are less likely to receive aggressive end-of-life treatment or to die in hospitals and nursing homes, according to research published in the Nov. 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Medicare to Cover Lung Cancer CT Screening for Long-Time Smokers

TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Annual lung cancer screenings for long-term smokers may soon be covered by Medicare, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Monday.

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Recent Increase in Reporting of Financial Conflicts of Interest

TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Reporting of financial conflicts of interest (FCOIs) has increased over time in clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) and consensus statements (CSs) for the treatment of common solid tumors, according to research published online Nov. 10 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Worse Health-Related Quality of Life for Older Cancer Survivors

TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is worse for older survivors of selected cancers, specifically survivors of multiple myeloma and pancreatic cancer, according to a study published online Nov. 4 in Cancer.

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Guideline Developed for Prophylactic Platelet Transfusion

MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Recommendations have been developed by the AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks) for prophylactic platelet transfusion. The clinical practice guideline was published online Nov. 11 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Urologist Key to Patient Grasp of Tobacco-Bladder Cancer Link

MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with bladder cancer, smoking status and primary source of information correlate with awareness of the harms of tobacco use, according to a study published online Nov. 10 in Cancer.

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CDC: Skin Cancer Costs Soar Compared to Other Cancers

MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The cost of skin cancer treatment in the United States more than doubled between 2002 and 2011, and rose five times faster than treatments for other cancers, according to study findings published online Nov. 9 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Want to Be a Leader? Cultivate a Healthy Look

FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It's more important for potential business or political leaders to look healthy than intelligent, according to a study published online Nov. 5 in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

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Better Physician Communication at Shift Change Reduces Errors

FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Changing how doctors communicate during shift changes in hospitals reduces the risk of adverse events in patients by 30 percent, according to a study published in the Nov. 6 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Docs Spend ~16.6 Percent of Their Time on Administration

FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About 16.6 percent of doctors' working hours are spent on administrative work, according to a study published recently in the International Journal of Health Services.

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Lung Cancer Screening Can Be Cost-Effective

THURSDAY, Nov. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Lung cancer screening with computed tomography (CT) can be cost-effective while saving lives, as long as the procedure is performed by skilled professionals and the screening done on a very specific set of long-time smokers. These findings were published in the Nov. 6 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Too Many Women Not Being Screened for Cervical Cancer

THURSDAY, Nov. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An estimated eight million American women ages 21 to 65 haven't been screened for cervical cancer in the past five years. That's the finding of a Vital Signs report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that noted that more than half of cervical cancer cases occur among women who've never or rarely been screened.

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Colorectal Cancer on the Rise for U.S. Adults Under 50

THURSDAY, Nov. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While rates of colorectal cancer (CRC) have fallen among older Americans, cases among adults aged 20 to 49 are rising and expected to continue to do so, according to research published online Nov. 5 in JAMA Surgery.

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ASCO Endorses Guideline for Radiation After Prostatectomy

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has endorsed a recent guideline for adjuvant and salvage radiotherapy after prostatectomy. The endorsement was published online Nov. 3 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Walking Program Feasible, Safe for Older Adults in Hospital

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A clinical demonstration program of supervised walking for older adults admitted to the hospital is feasible and safe, and its participants are more often discharged directly to home, according to a study published online Oct. 30 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Hospitalizations for Pulmonary Embolism Vary by Season

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitalizations for pulmonary embolism (PE) are higher in the winter and lower in the summer, according to a study published online Oct. 31 in the Journal of Thrombosis and Homeostasis.

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AMA: New Mapping Tool IDs Areas in Need of Physicians

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new interactive mapping tool can help physicians and their staff determine locations to establish or expand their practice, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Psychosocial Interventions Tied to Telomere Length Maintenance

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For distressed breast cancer survivors, psychosocial interventions such as mindfulness-based cancer recovery (MBCR) and supportive-expressive group therapy (SET) result in a trend toward telomere length (TL) maintenance, according to a study published online Nov. 3 in Cancer.

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Repeated FITs May Be Equivalent Alternative to Colonoscopy

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Repeated annual fecal immunochemical tests (FITs) can detect all colorectal cancer (CRC) cases and may be equivalent to colonoscopy in detecting advanced neoplasia in first-degree relatives of patients with CRC, according to a study published in the November issue of Gastroenterology.

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Opening Visitation Access Boosts Patient, Family Experience

TUESDAY, Nov. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Opening visitation access across all facilities can improve patient and family experience, according to research published in the July/August issue of the Journal of Nursing Administration.

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Combo Tx for Advanced Melanoma Found to Up Survival

TUESDAY, Nov. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with advanced melanoma may live longer when treated with a combination of ipilimumab (Yervoy) and sargramostim, compared to being treated with ipilimumab alone, according to a new study published in the Nov. 5 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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HPV Vaccine Not Protective Against Recurrent Warts in Men

TUESDAY, Nov. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The current quadrivalent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine does not have a significant impact on the recurrence of genital warts in men exposed to HPV infection, according to research published in the November issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

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Many Americans May Get Hospice Care Too Late

TUESDAY, Nov. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Of the more than 1.5 million patients who received hospice care in the United States in 2013, one-third died within one week, according to a new report from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

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Long-Term Shift Work May Drain the Brain

TUESDAY, Nov. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Working non-standard hours -- "shift work" -- for many years is not only hard on the body, but may also dull the mind, new research suggests. According to the study, published online Nov. 3 in Occupational & Environmental Medicine, those who do shift work for more than 10 years seem to have the equivalent of an extra 6.5 years of age-related decline in memory and thinking skills.

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Vegetable Intake Reduces Risk of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

TUESDAY, Nov. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Increased intake of vegetables, but not fruit, is associated with a reduction in the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), according to research published in the November issue of Gastroenterology.

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End-of-Life Care Discussions May Miss Patient Priorities

MONDAY, Nov. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Important points are often missed when doctors have end-of-life discussions with patients and their families, according to a study published online Nov. 3 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

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AMA: Absence of Health Insurer Competition in Many Areas

MONDAY, Nov. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In most metropolitan areas, there is a significant absence of health insurer competition, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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MicroRNAs Accurately ID Pancreatic Cancer

MONDAY, Nov. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Increased expression of a microRNA (miRNA) panel seems highly accurate for diagnosing pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), according to a study published online Oct. 28 in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

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