Hollywood, FL—Is corporate America doing enough to promote optimal cancer care? The provision of insurance coverage alone is no longer sufficient for America’s workers. Advocates for persons with cancer contend that professional and emotional support should also be part of the “benefits package” that companies offer.
The 2012 updates to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology™ have elevated several drugs to category 1 recommendation and have changed the algorithm for work-up in some tumors. A synopsis of the key updates presented at the 2012 annual conference is reported here.
The breast cancer panel recommended a more conservative use of imaging modalities for assessing, staging, and conservative management of the axillae in selected patients.
Patients receiving a diagnosis of cancer are at increased risk for suicide and other adverse health effects that are triggered by the trauma associated with such a diagnosis, according to results of a recent study (Fang F, et al. N Engl J Med. 2012;366:1310-1318).
It has previously been shown that receiving a diagnosis of cancer is associated with a high level of psychological stress, but that has often been attributed to the stress associated with the treatment itself or to the burden of living with cancer.
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) introduced 3 new panels to its Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology™ at its 2012 annual conference. The key components of these new guidelines are described below.
New Panel on Lung Cancer Screening
The new Lung Cancer Screening Panel recommended that persons at risk for lung cancer be screened regularly (in some cases, annually) with helical low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) in an effort to detect cancer at its earliest stage.
Hollywood, FL—Cancer care today is influenced by an ever-broadening array of players, and what was once an intimate relationship between patient and physician now involves multiple decision makers. At the 2012 National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) meeting, a panel of various stakeholder groups addressed the questions of what and who defines “optimal care” for today’s patient.
New York, NY—Adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) have a poor prognosis compared with children, but recent studies suggest that using “pediatric-inspired” regimens can improve outcomes for patients with Philadelphia chromosome(Ph)- negative ALL.
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