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Body fat and cancer: Why does it matter?

Body fat and cancer: Why does it matter?

Elevated levels of body fat have consistently been found to be associated with increased risk of a number of cancers. In this 'View from the clinic' article Daniel Nixon (Southeastern Regional Medical Center, USA) explores this relationship and provides his perspective on how to educate and support patients.

Explaining immunotherapy to our patients with non-small cell lung cancer

Explaining immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is changing practice in lung cancer, and with this, patient education. In this 'View from the clinic' article, Advisory Board member Beth Eaby-Sandy describes how she explains the new immunotherapy treatments to her patients. 

Patient and physician's perspectives

20-04-2017 | Esophageal cancer | Patient and physician’s perspective | Article

Oesophageal adenocarcinoma: A patient and physician’s perspective

This article is co-authored by a patient with oesophageal adenocarcinoma and his physician, who performed oesophagectomy.

Maule D, Boccola M, & Lord RV. Oncol Ther 2017. doi:10.1007/s40487-017-0044-4

01-07-2016 | Colorectal cancer | Patient and physician’s perspective | Article

Living with cancer: Through the eyes of the patient and the physician

A patient describes his experience of diagnosis and treatment for adenocarcinoma of the colon. This commentary is accompanied by a physician’s perspective of the management steps taken to tackle this patient’s condition.

Vigo JM et al. Oncol Ther 2016; 4: 183–187. doi:10.1007/s40487-016-0025-z

Practical management guides

01-02-2017 | Melanoma | Practical management guide | Collection

Cutaneous melanoma: A diagnostic guide

An illustrated step-by-step guide to diagnosing cutaneous melanoma.

01-02-2017 | Toxicities | Practical management guide | Collection

Oral mucositis: A diagnostic guide

Oral mucositis is a frequent and debilitating complication of cancer therapy, particularly in patients with cancer of the mouth and throat. This illustrated slide set provides a step-by-step guide to diagnosing oral mucositis associated with cancer therapy.

Case reports

14-03-2017 | Lymphoma | Case report | Article

SLL and CLL

A 72-year-old man with a history of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia self-palpated a left submandibular lump – read how the City of Hope team approached his case.

In: Management of Lymphomas: A Case-Based Approach. Edited by Zain J & Kwak LW. Springer International Publishing, 2017. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-26827-9_4

09-03-2017 | Lymphoma | Case report | Article

CNS lymphoma

This  case report describes the presentation, workup and staging, and treatment recommendations for a 56-year-old woman who presented with vertigo, headaches, and frequent falls.

In: Management of Lymphomas: A Case-Based Approach. Edited by Zain J & Kwak LW. Springer International Publishing, 2017. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-26827-9_14

09-03-2017 | Lymphoma | Case report | Article

Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma

In this case report, an 83-year-old female presented to the physician with a progressing pruritic cutaneous rash that started 8 years ago. Read this review to understand how her condition was managed.

In: Management of Lymphomas: A Case-Based Approach. Edited by Zain J & Kwak LW. Springer International Publishing, 2017. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-26827-9_10

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We welcome all well-described case reports of educational value that make a contribution to medical knowledge.

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09-11-2018 | Prostate cancer | News

NCRI 2018 in brief

Prostate cancer patients willing to make trade-offs between survival, side effects

Men with a new diagnosis of nonmetastatic prostate cancer say they would accept small reductions in survival odds if that meant fewer side effects and an improved quality of life, suggests the COMPARE study.

10-10-2018 | Chemotherapy | News

Short-term hospitalization, mortality risk varies by palliative chemotherapy regimen

Two independent studies of older patients receiving initial chemotherapy for metastatic breast cancer or non-small-cell lung cancer have found that the risk for hospitalization or death may be predicted by the cytotoxic regimen used.

Source:

Cancer 2018; doi:10.1002/cncr.31760
JAMA Network Open 2018; 1: e183023

09-10-2018 | EMA | News

approvalsWatch

Brigatinib, paclitaxel, biosimilar pegfilgrastims receive EMA approvals

Read more on these decisions here

08-10-2018 | Quality of life | News

Improved PFS does not equate to improved HRQoL in patients with cancer

Progression-free survival should not be used as a surrogate marker for health-related quality of life as there is no correlation between them, results of a systematic review and quantitative analysis of randomized clinical trials show.

Source:

JAMA Intern Med 2018; doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.4710

02-10-2018 | Non-small cell lung cancer | News

News in brief

Surgery type may predict long-term opioid use in early-stage NSCLC

Patients who undergo video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery for stage I non-small-cell lung cancer are less likely to become long-term opioid users than their counterparts undergoing the conventional open procedure, findings suggest.

27-09-2018 | Oral mucositis | Article

Photobiomodulation therapy in the management of oral mucositis: search for the optimal clinical treatment parameters

Elad S et al. Support Care Cancer 2018; 26(10): 3319-3321. doi:10.1007/s00520-018-4262-6

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