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2009-07-22 07:00:00

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is developing a methodology for the evaluation and application of the Comparative Effectiveness of health care technologies in cancer care. This work will culminate with the NCCN National Policy Summit on Comparative Effectiveness in Cancer Care to be held in December 2009 FORT WASHINGTON, Pa., July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is an alliance of 21 of the world's leading cancer centers...

2009-05-29 23:01:00

A pilot study of a new productivity tool developed by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) shows potential in measuring the impact of mid-level oncology providers in outpatient oncology settings. Refining productivity metrics for this group can help inform workforce projections given reports of a looming shortage of oncologists. The results will be presented at the ASCO Annual Meeting on May 30, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. ORLANDO, Fla., May 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --...

2009-05-27 07:29:30

 Non-invasive imaging can measure how well patients with the most common form of breast cancer - estrogen receptor positive type - respond to standard aromatase inhibitor therapy after only two weeks and shows similar findings that more invasive needle sampling identifies, according to a poster presentation to be presented at the ASCO annual meeting next week.Using Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanning and a glucose analogue called FDG, a research team led by Hannah Linden, M.D....

2009-05-18 08:00:00

NCCN recently updated the NCCN Guidelines for Central Nervous System (CNS) Cancers. Important new updates include the recommendation to use bevacizumab as a single agent for recurrent glioblastoma multiforme in CNS cancers, the integration of a patient's Karnofsky Performance Status (KPS) score into treatment decisions, and an adjusted age range for adjuvant therapy options in patients with low grade gliomas. FORT WASHINGTON, Pa., May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National...

2009-04-29 08:00:00

The NCCN Oncology Research Program (ORP) nears the $20 million mark in total funding and enhances its current model to include funding for therapeutics in development as well as those already FDA-approved. The ORP draws on the expertise of investigators at 21 of the world's leading cancer centers (NCCN Member Institutions) in order to advance therapeutic options for patients with cancer FORT WASHINGTON, Pa., April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)...

2009-03-17 09:29:00

SEATTLE, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Cancer treatment leaves patients with weakened immune systems. So it would seem obvious that an outpatient cancer clinic would be a prime breeding ground for infections because of the constantly revolving door of patients, visitors and staff, all of whom could be exposed to bacteria and viruses at home or in the community. After all, infections are among the most common causes of illness and death among cancer patients. However, an aggressive infection...

2009-03-13 13:34:00

New updates to the NCCN Guidelines for Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma were announced on March 12 at the NCCN 14th Annual Conference. Notable additions include updates on when a laparoscopy may be beneficial to patients, clarification on diagnostic imaging protocols, and an overall emphasis on systemic therapy in all disease stages. Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is the second most common cause of death from gastrointestinal cancer. HOLLYWOOD, Fla., March 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National...

2009-03-13 08:00:00

Minimally-invasive oncologic surgery procedures can be beneficial, but physicians need to be prudent when recommending the option to their patient according to Thomas A. D'Amico, MD, of Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. D'Amico detailed the benefits and controversies of minimally invasive alternatives as well as emerging techniques including natural orifice surgery at the NCCN 14th Annual Conference. HOLLYWOOD, Fla., March 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cutting-edge surgery with...

2009-03-12 14:09:00

A roundtable dedicated to cancer survivorship at the NCCN 14th Annual Conference highlighted the need for transition care plans and improved physician/patient communication for cancer survivors. Sam Donaldson of ABC News moderated the lively discussion between cancer advocates, survivors, and clinicians that touched upon the host of issues cancer survivors face upon the completion of treatment. The NCCN Annual Conference has achieved record attendance this year with more than 1600 registered...

2009-03-10 08:28:06

Terminally ill patients and their family caregivers often feel abandoned by their doctors and feel a sense of "unfinished business" with them, according to a new study by an oncologist at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.The study results, published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine, identified two themes: before death, abandonment worries related to loss of continuity of communication between patient and physician; and at the time death or after, the patient's family's feelings of...


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