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Hormones in BRCA gene carriers 'explain cancer risk'
Medical News Today
A new study suggests that abnormal levels of female hormones in the bloodstream may be a reason why women with faulty BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are more likely to develop breast and ovarian cancer over other cancers. Researchers from the Department of Women's Cancer at University College London (UCL) in the U.K. say their findings have already led to further research looking at new ways to prevent the cancers in women who are at higher risk.
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Search tools wanting on many exchanges
The New York Times via NewsWatch
As he was trying to sign up for health insurance through Kentucky’s new online exchange this month, Kenny Wheeler hit a wall. Mr. Wheeler, an independent sales representative with a neuromuscular disorder, had succeeded where many in other states had failed, getting through a thicket of log-in pages. But when he tried to find out whether two health plans he liked would pay for his medications or let him keep his current doctors, he could not. He called one doctor on the spot, but the receptionist could not tell him whether the practice was in the new plan networks. Nor could Mr. Wheeler, 61, get quick answers from the insurers themselves. Exasperated, he put off completing his application.
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New blood test can detect lung and prostate cancers
Fox News
A new blood test can help detect the presence of early-stage lung and prostate cancers — as well as any recurrences of these diseases. In a new study presented at the Anesthesiology 2013 annual meeting, researchers  found that an increased level of serum-free fatty acids and their metabolites in the bloodstream can help indicate the presence of lung cancer in the body. According to the study’s authors, such a test could be extremely beneficial for the detection and management of the disease.
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New white paper addresses the impact of the ACA on cancer care
A new, in-depth publication entitled How Health Reform Is Transforming U.S. Healthcare: Implications for Cancer Care examines the key provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) that impact cancer care. From the Physician Quality Reporting System’s aim to boost quality measures reporting to the potential for accountable care organizations to transform care delivery, this paper sheds light on these and other key ACA provisions impacting cancer care.
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Chemo-induced menopause symptoms similar to spontaneous
Breast cancer patients who have chemotherapy-induced menopause have climacteric symptoms at rates similar to those of women who go through spontaneous menopause before their breast cancer diagnosis, a new study shows. "We were quite surprised when we looked at the results. I was certainly expecting to find that younger women who had chemotherapy-induced ovarian failure would have more severe symptoms," said Martha Hickey, MD, from the University of Melbourne in Australia.
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Boost after whole breast radiation for ductal carcinoma in situ?
Clinical Oncology News
A Canadian study comparing the effects of additional (so-called boost) radiation with the tumor cavity in the treatment of patients with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) demonstrated no advantage in the development of local recurrence from the addition of the boost radiation to the standard approach, which consists of breast-conserving surgery and radiation therapy.
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Oncology OnTrack Supports Nurse Navigation
Oncology OnTrack is used to navigate patients with any cancer type from screening to diagnosis, treatment and survivorship, interfaces with other programs and supports accreditations.
EQUICARE CS - Cancer Navigation and Survivorship

EQUICARE CS provides all three facets of continuum of care services and has included information on their services in the Proprietary Material section of the Best Practices Repository section on the CoC website.

Watson arrives in medicine, first stop oncology and chemotherapy recommendations
IBM and MD Anderson recently announced the development of a prototype of a platform designed to provide treatment recommendations for and help guide the management of oncology patients. Oncology Expert Advisor will be available to oncologists affiliated with MD Anderson through both computers and mobile devices. The platform will take patient data, both that contained in discrete structured forms and in unstructured clinical notes, and match it up to match it up to clinical data, research protocols, treatment guidelines, and more to make a more personalized treatment recommendation.
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NAPBC education event — Lead Your Breast Program to Excellence
Plan today to attend the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) Lead Your Breast Program to Excellence Conference. This dynamic, two-day conference will include expert faculty who developed the standards. Hear how you can build quality programs into your multidisciplinary breast center by utilizing nationally recognized standards as your foundation. This two-day conference will be held Nov. 15–16 in Chicago. Last year’s program was sold out; don’t delay, registration is already filling up. Register TODAY!
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Nanotech system, cellular heating may improve treatment of ovarian cancer
R&D Magazine
The combination of heat, chemotherapeutic drugs, and an innovative delivery system based on nanotechnology may significantly improve the treatment of ovarian cancer while reducing side effects from toxic drugs, researchers at Oregon State University report in a new study. The findings, so far done only in a laboratory setting, show that this one-two punch of mild hyperthermia and chemotherapy can kill 95 percent of ovarian cancer cells, and scientists say they expect to improve on those results in continued research.
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