ASCO 2017: A Single Radiation Treatment Sufficiently Relieves Spinal Cord Compression Symptoms

Truckee, CA (OncToday.com) A common complication in people with metastatic cancer, spinal cord compression is a major detriment to quality of life. Radiation treatment is widely used to relieve pain and other symptoms, but there is no standard recommended schedule, and approaches currently vary. Findings from a phase III clinical trial show that a single radiation treatment is as effective as a full week of radiation. 
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ASCO 2017: Psychological Intervention Relieves Distress in Patients With Advanced Cancer

Truckee, CA (OncToday.com) Advanced cancer triggers enormous distress and brings challenges that can seem overwhelming. Yet, most cancer centers lack systematic approaches to help patients and families manage the practical and emotional toll of advanced cancer. Findings from a randomized clinical trial of 305 patients with advanced cancer suggest that a brief psychological intervention, called Managing Cancer And Living Meaningfully (CALM), could help fill this need. 
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ASCO 2017: Remote Therapy Program Improves Quality of Life, Lowers Distress After Cancer Diagnosis

Truckee, CA (OncToday.com) Most patients experience significant distress after they are diagnosed with cancer. This distress not only erodes quality of life, but can also negatively affect the course of the disease and the patient’s ability to tolerate treatment. Yet, few patients with cancer receive psychological support. A prospective study shows that a web-based stress management program can relieve distress and markedly improve quality of life for patients. 
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ASCO 2017: Low Testosterone After Testicular Cancer Is Common, Linked to Chronic Health Problems

Truckee, CA (OncToday.com) In a large study, 38% of 491 testicular cancer survivors had low testosterone levels, known as hypogonadism. Compared to survivors with normal testosterone levels, survivors with low testosterone were more likely to have a range of chronic health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, and anxiety or depression. 
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ASCO 2017: Steady Decrease in Severe Health Problems for Childhood Cancer Survivors

Truckee, CA (OncToday.com) Treatments for childhood cancer are often intense and carry the risk of lifelong health problems for survivors. An analysis of 23,600 childhood cancer survivors in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS), funded by the National Institutes of Health, found that the rate of severe health problems occurring five or more years after diagnosis has declined over time. 
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Value Frameworks in Oncology: What are they and how will they be used?

Dr. Israel was able to share her experience in value framework in oncology with the bladder cancer community. The idea behind value framework from ASCO is focus is to support informed, shared decision making between doctor and patient. Its goal is to develop and employ a tool that can customize information for each patient, and to remind the physician that the primary responsibility is the patient. 

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ASCO 2016: Real world skeletal related events (SREs) associated with oral treatments in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC)

Bone metastasis occurs in a majority of patients with advanced prostate cancer and represents a clinically significant issue in the management of these patients. Patients with bone metastases are at increased risk for skeletal complications, including pathologic fracture, spinal cord compression, and radiation or surgery to the bone, collectively termed skeletal-related events (SREs).1 SREs are associated with not only substantial morbidity but also greater mortality, increased pain, decreased quality of life, and increased treatment costs.2-6

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