Popular recent headlines in skin cancer include research from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center identifying greater cancer worry among patients who are single, unemployed and live alone.
In another top Healio Dermatology story, researchers at Penn State Health Hershey Medical Center optimize the total-body skin examination.
Keep reading for the top headlines in cutaneous oncology.
Being single, unemployed and living alone increase cancer worry
“Some degree of cancer worry was reported by almost all patients, which may be due to the stresses of a ‘cancer’ diagnosis and the uncertainty regarding prognosis,” Stephen Dusza, DrPH, of the dermatology service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and colleagues wrote. “After surgery scores were lower, suggesting treatment helps to mitigate overall worry and anxiety, although low levels may persist.” Read more.
Experts optimize the total-body skin exam
Researchers developed a standardized total-body skin examination procedure using video recordings of dermatology faculty members and residents conducting regular total-body skin examinations. Read more.
World-renowned chef, cancer survivor encourages dermatologists to push the envelope
CHICAGO — For world-renowned chef Grant Achatz, attaining the title of best restaurant in America by Gourmet Magazine was his second greatest challenge compared with fighting the stage IV tongue cancer which nearly cost him his life. Read more.
Multiple options available for dermatologists to approach high-risk basal cell carcinoma
CHICAGO — Dermatologists have multiple ways to approach high-risk basal cell carcinomas — not every case must be treated with Mohs micrographic surgery nor sent to a radiation oncologist, according to Marc Brown, MD, professor of dermatology and oncology director at University of Rochester Medical Center and president-elect of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Read more.
Steering committee develops evidence-based consensus on cSCC staging, workup, treatment
CHICAGO — In patients with advanced cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, a multidisciplinary discussion on treatment options should include oncologists, radiation oncologists and the primary care physician in weighing risks and benefits to various approaches, according to Todd Schlesinger, MD, FAAD, FASMS, medical director at Dermatology and Laser Center of Charleston. Read more.