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Driving change in medicine

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By: Todd Shryock From: medicaleconomics.com In this environment, it should come as no surprise that for the second straight year, the 2018 Medical Economics Payer Scorecard shows that physicians are greatly dissatisfied with the policies payers implement, many of which cost them both time and money. The healthcare system is too focused on reducing costs and improving payer bottom lines, says …

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Targeted radiotherapy for breast cancer offers good quality of life and fewer side effects

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Source: EUROPEAN SOCIETY FOR RADIOTHERAPY AND ONCOLOGY (ESTRO) From: eurekalert.org Quality of life for women treated with a more targeted radiotherapy treatment – called accelerated partial breast irradiation – is at least as good as quality of life for women treated with standard radiotherapy, according to research presented at the ESTRO 37 conference and published simultaneously in The Lancet Oncology [1]. The treatment uses …

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Need for supportive care in oncology will increase during the next decade

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From: GlobalData The need for effective supportive care in oncology will increase in the next decade as patients continue to live longer and cancer progresses to become more like a chronic disease. This includes the need for chemotherapy-related conditions, as chemotherapy will remain the backbone of cancer therapy for the foreseeable future, observes GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. …

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Finances Weigh Heavily on Older Cancer Patients

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By: Charles Bankhead From: medpagetoday.com Despite access to Medicare in most cases, older patients with cancer remained deeply concerned about financial burdens from their medical care, a survey of almost 1,500 patients showed. Financial hardship had a consistent and significantly negative impact on older patients’ health-related quality of life (HRQOL). Symptoms, disability, lack of emotional support, and other factors also …

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Older Breast Cancer Patients Require Special Consideration

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By: Elizabeth Gardner From: onclive.com Treating older patients with HER2-positive or triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) must include more quality of life considerations and different types of survival calculations, even when the basic tools and treatment regimens are similar to those used in younger patients, according to a talk at the 2017 Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Symposium. “The real question isn’t …

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Pain-management initiative for cancer at Greenwich Hospital

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By: Robert Marchant From: greenwichtime.com An expanded effort to mitigate the physical distress and pain that cancer patients endure is being made at Greenwich Hospital. A pain-management specialist will be developing new initiatives at Greenwich Hospital. Here’s the announcement of the new venture: Julie H. Huang, MD, MBA – a board-certified, fellowship-trained interventional pain management specialist and anesthesiologist – has …

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How lymph node ‘re-plumb’ eases pain after cancer

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By: Martyn Halle From: dailymail.co.uk Complex operation could solve painful limb swelling Lymph nodes in armpits are often removed to stop cancer spreading  These glands usually produce clear fluid that circulates through body  Removing them can lead to limbs becoming very swollen and painful  Doctors now reconnecting lymphatic channels to veins to stop pain A complex operation to ‘re-plumb’ the …

Types of Traveling Cancer: Mestastic Breast Cancer

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By Dr. Kathleen Ruddy Shared by: Vera Viner One of the most frustrating things about treating cancer is that even when the treatment is working, the cells find a way to resist. Breast cancer begins, of course, in the breast, but it may not stay contained. Metastatic breast cancer can travel to different sites in the body and contaminate the …

7 Advantages of In-Home Care

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Where do you hope to age? For the majority of people age 65 and over, the answer is home. However, with advancing age often comes difficulty completing daily activities and the need for additional assistance. Families must decide between residential care, in-home care or family caregiving. Aging in place with the support of a professional caregiver offers a number of …

The Future of Health Care – Part 2

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In the previous blog that I wrote on this subject, I discussed some of the major problems that are facing the healthcare system.  In reviewing them, however, I can see some ways that we really can make the new programs work for all of us as patients if we choose to step up and take responsibility for ourselves.  We have …