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Addition of chemotherapy to radiation failed to improve outcomes in esophageal cancer

September 18, 2014

The addition of chemotherapy to radiation therapy increased gastrointestinal toxicity but did not confer significant improvement in dysphagia or survival among patients with advanced esophageal cancer, according to results of a multinational, randomized phase 3 trial presented at the ASTRO Annual Meeting.

The findings suggest radiation therapy alone remains an effective strategy for palliation and should remain the standard of care for these patients, researchers wrote.

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Single-fraction radiation effective for bone metastases

September 17, 2014
Patients with bone metastases who underwent single-fraction palliative radiation therapy reported similar improvements in pain, function and distress as those who…
In the Journals

In-hospital palliative care provided cost savings to hospitals, patients

August 4, 2014
The implementation of a hospital-based palliative care program confers financial benefits to institutions and patients, particularly in cases of in-hospital mortality…
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Mindfulness meditation improved quality of life in adolescents with cancer

HemOnc Today, August 25, 2014
Christine A. Zawistowski, MD
A diagnosis of cancer is accompanied by a high degree of emotional stress.
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New Advances, New Options: Evaluating the Changing Landscape of Hemophilia to Optimize Patient Outcomes

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Biogen Idec.

The bleeding abnormalities associated with hemophilia can have devastating consequences for patients. Recent advances…
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Applying Imaging, Biomarkers, and Immunotherapy in the Management of NSCLC

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech, Inc.

Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common form of lung cancer, but the numerous subtypes make this disease…
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Addition of chemotherapy to radiation failed to improve outcomes in esophageal cancer

September 18, 2014
The addition of chemotherapy to radiation therapy increased gastrointestinal toxicity but did not confer significant improvement in dysphagia or…
figure Meeting News Coverage

Single-fraction radiation effective for bone metastases

September 17, 2014
Patients with bone metastases who underwent single-fraction palliative radiation therapy reported similar improvements in pain, function and distress…
In the Journals

In-hospital palliative care provided cost savings to hospitals, patients

August 4, 2014
The implementation of a hospital-based palliative care program confers financial benefits to institutions and patients, particularly in cases of…
Commentary Perspective

Mindfulness meditation improved quality of life in adolescents with cancer

HemOnc Today, August 25, 2014
Christine A. Zawistowski, MD
A diagnosis of cancer is accompanied by a high degree of emotional stress.

Poll shows 25 million older adults received unwanted medical care

July 31, 2014
About 25 million older Americans have been subjected to unwanted or excessive medical treatments, according to new survey data. The research was…
In the Journals

Blacks more likely to receive morphine for cancer pain despite risks

July 29, 2014
Black patients with cancer were more likely to receive morphine for pain, whereas non-Hispanic white patients were more likely to receive oxycodone…
In the Journals

Gabapentin no better than standard therapy for prevention of delayed CINV

July 18, 2014
The anticonvulsant and analgesic agent gabapentin did not significantly improve delayed chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting compared with…
In the Journals

Children in dysfunctional families less able to cope with parents’ cancer diagnosis

July 10, 2014
Among children of cancer patients, general family dysfunction prior to diagnosis appears to be highly predictive of emotional distress and…

BMJ editors: England, Wales should pass assisted dying bill

July 3, 2014
In an editorial published in the British Medical Journal, the publication’s editors suggest an assisted dying bill, introduced to the House of…

Hospice/palliative care association outlines 5 things physicians should question

June 30, 2014
When it comes to the avoidance of unnecessary tests, procedures or treatments, there is arguably no setting in which it is more important to choose…
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