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Myths About Cancer Care In America

Posted by Samantha Powell on October 6th, 2014 |

In an article titled “Five Myths about Cancer Care in America” coming out in the policy journal Health Affairs today, Dana Goldman* and I take on five common misperceptions in the policy community about cancer care in the US today. Below I discuss some of the evidence and arguments contained in that piece. Much has […]

Atlanta filmmaker documents cancer battle

Posted by Samantha Powell on October 6th, 2014 |

Part of our journey is finding that person — the one who will wait with you, the one who will navigate a world in which vows pledged in happiness are tested in ways never imagined. In this part of his life, Jonathan Hicks wears the title of patient, his path directed by doctors and drugs. […]

Survey reveals emotional exhaustion affects many cancer specialists

Posted by Samantha Powell on September 30th, 2014 |

Across Europe, more than 70% of young cancer specialists are showing signs of burnout, the largest survey of its kind has revealed. The results, reported at the Congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO 2014) in Madrid, have prompted calls for serious action to address the issue at all levels. “Oncology is an […]

Stanford licenses promising cancer drug to local biotech startup

Posted by Samantha Powell on September 25th, 2014 |

Most cancer patients don’t die because of a single tumor, but rather multiple tumors that spread throughout the body. A new therapy, developed by Stanford University researchers and licensed by a local biotech startup, appears to disrupt the deadly process known as metastasis, which causes cancer cells to break away from the original tumor sites […]

Higher cost cigarettes, smoking bans advised in Kentucky lung cancer fight

Posted by Samantha Powell on September 3rd, 2014 |

The head of UK’s Markey Cancer Center says his agency supports an increase in the state cigarette tax and a statewide smoking ban as part of its effort to significantly reduce cancer deaths in the commonwealth. Dr. B. Mark Evers, the head of the Markey Cancer Center at the University of Kentucky, recommended that state […]

Blocking the signal: Brain-derived growth factor may lure lung cancer cells to migrate

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 13th, 2014 |

Ninety percent of lung cancer deaths are caused by the tumor’s spread—or metastasis—to other organs. Researchers have now discovered an approach to blocking metastasis in the most common type of lung cancer, adenocarcinoma, that could be added to chemotherapy treatments aimed at shrinking the primary tumor. Kerstin Sinkevicius, a research fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital, […]

Can Your Breath Tell That You Have Cancer?

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 13th, 2014 |

Walking past one of the crowded outdoor eateries in New York City on a recent summer evening, I was struck by how many young women and men were smoking as they chatted away over dinner. People were packed onto the sidewalks, blowing smoke in each others’ faces (and, unfortunately, those of the passersby). I could […]

Lung Congress to Offer Thorough Review of Latest Research Findings

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 31st, 2014 |

The 15th Annual International Lung Cancer Congress, which began today in Huntington Beach, California and will continue through Saturday, will offer an array of information presented by multidisciplinary experts—in a brand-new format. “It’s set up to be a think tank, with 200 lung cancer experts plus participants [from the audience endeavoring] to digest what was […]

Oncology hospitalist field is small, but growing

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 17th, 2014 |

Have you met an oncology hospitalist yet? If you haven’t, you probably will soon. The latest offshoot of hospital medicine aims to take all the strengths of the hospitalist movement – increased efficiency and improved quality and safety – and apply them to inpatient cancer care. While there is no typical oncology-hospitalist program, most manage […]

UCSF Medical Center Makes Best Hospital List

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 15th, 2014 |

San Francisco’s UCSF Medical Center cracked the Top 10 of a list of the country’s best hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday. The 650-bed hospital ranked 8th. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, topped the magazine’s list. The clinic led the annual rankings for the first time. Massachusetts General Hospital in […]