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November 2019 Briefing – Hematology & Oncology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Hematology & Oncology for November 2019. This roundup includes...
Although most cancer patients do not experience anticipated potential adverse effects of radiation therapy

Cancer Patients Need More Info on Side Effects of Radiation Tx

37 percent of patients experience radiation adverse effects they wished they had known more about
When surveyed

Many Cancer Patients Interested in Pathology Consultations

Study finds patients have a strong interest in learning about their diagnosis
Cancer patients have elevated cardiovascular disease mortality risk

Elevated Risk for CVD Mortality Observed in U.S. Cancer Patients

Risk highest in the year after diagnosis but remains elevated compared with general population
There has been an increase in the incidence of squamous cell carcinoma of the anus in the United States

Incidence of Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Anus Increasing

Greater increase seen for distant-stage and regional-stage SCCA than for localized-stage SSCA
Oncology patients would prefer to be asked for their consent before deidentified data from their medical records is used for research

Cancer Patients Say Ask Before Using Medical Records for Research

Majority comfortable if insurance company uses health information to ensure recommended care is received
Enrolling actively smoking oncology patients into a comprehensive tobacco cessation program may help patients sustain long-term abstinence from smoking and improve their cancer treatment outcomes

Tobacco Cessation Programs May Up Quit Rates in Cancer Patients

Study reveals high tobacco abstinence rates remain consistent with the help of counseling, therapy
Cardiovascular risk factors and cardiovascular disease are associated with an increased risk for developing cancer

AHA: Cardiovascular Risk Factors Tied to Increased Cancer Risk

Risk for subsequent cancer up with development of interim CV events, including heart failure, MI
Family history of cancer is a significant risk factor for childhood asthma development

ACAAI: Family History of Cancer Risk Factor for Childhood Asthma

More than 20 percent of those with family history of cancer had childhood asthma
Cancer antigen 125 (CA125) can predict ovarian cancer in general practice

CA125 Can Detect Ovarian Cancer in General Practice

And elevated CA125 indicates higher risk for other cancers, especially in women aged ≥50 years