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Cancer Treatments Should be Aligned with Patient Priorities

Cancer Treatments Should be Aligned with Patient Priorities | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
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If cancer patients better understood their disease stage and treatment options, they would make smarter—potentially less-expensive—choices, a panel of experts said during a discussion on cancer value and costs at the annual meeting of the Association of Community Cancer Centers.

In determining value for patients, physicians need to think about clinical benefits, toxicity of treatment and costs, said Paul Celano, MD, a medical oncologist at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

The oncology community needs “to ensure [that] patients understand what their treatment options are, and that the care meets their personal goals and preferences, especially in the metastatic setting,” said John Fox, MD, the associate vice president of medical affairs at Priority Health, a health plan in Michigan. He cited a 2012 study showing that 81% of patients receiving chemotherapy for metastatic colorectal cancer and 69% of patients receiving chemotherapy for metastatic lung cancer thought they were getting curative treatment.

Often, he added, patients get chemotherapy because that’s what their doctor told them they should do, “when, in fact, they might have been perfectly happy with other alternatives that were less expensive and less toxic.” Treatments should be aligned with patients’ priorities and preferences, he said. “If we’re investing $100,000 to prolong somebody’s life by two months, but that’s not what the patient wanted—if the trade-offs of life prolongation were offset by side effects and hospital time—then that’s a waste.”

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Tambre Leighn's curator insight, July 27, 2014 12:45 PM

Cancer patients deserve to be educated - or choose to have a health advocate such as a loved one or caregiver on their behalf - and to share their personal values and priorities as part of the treatment decision process.  That is where truly patient centered care begins.  Without the information being communicated between patient and physician, there is no true full choice available and no real partnership in creating the course that will deliver what the patient wants.

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Prostate Cancer: Latest Treatments and Emerging Therapies

Prostate Cancer: Latest Treatments and Emerging Therapies | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
There are many ways you and your doctor can treat your prostate cancer. Learn what they are and how to choose.
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How your HEIGHT affects your health

How your HEIGHT affects your health | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
German scientists working with colleagues at Harvard found height has an important impact on mortality, increasing the risk of breast and colon cancer as well as melanoma.
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Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Ovarian Cancer

Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Ovarian Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Pictures show the symptoms, tests, and treatments for ovarian cancer, as well as what factors raise your risk for the disease.
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More People Under 50 Getting Colon Cancer

More People Under 50 Getting Colon Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Though guidelines suggest screening starts at 50, researcher says it's premature to change them
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Fruit and veg 'could reduce breast cancer risk by one quarter'

Fruit and veg 'could reduce breast cancer risk by one quarter' | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Harvard study of 90,000 women suggests eating plenty of fruit and vegetables
in adolescence could sharply reduce the risk of later breast cancer
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Man Cures Bladder Cancer With Cannabis Oil And Essiac Tea After Refusing Chemo | Humans Are Free

Man Cures Bladder Cancer With Cannabis Oil And Essiac Tea After Refusing Chemo | Humans Are Free | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
by dailyhealthpost On July 2012, at age 54, Trevor Smith was suddenly and unexpectedly diagnosed w...
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FIT colon cancer screening test a good alternative, study finds

FIT colon cancer screening test a good alternative, study finds | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Annual use of the fecal immunochemical test (FIT) is a reliable way to screen for colon cancer, new research shows
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Colon cancer rates rising in people under 50

Colon cancer rates rising in people under 50 | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Screening doesn't normally start until age 50, but "this study is really a wake-up call"
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Why scented candles could cause cancer

Why scented candles could cause cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Scientists have found some perfumed products in the home can create unhealthy
levels of formaldehyde
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One in 7 colon cancer patients diagnosed BEFORE the recommended age 

One in 7 colon cancer patients diagnosed BEFORE the recommended age  | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
University of Michigan scientists found younger people are more likely to have advanced colon cancer, as they aren't screened until symptoms appear, such as anemia and bowel bleeding.
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Slideshow: Top Cancer-Fighting Foods

Slideshow: Top Cancer-Fighting Foods | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
WebMD shows you the foods and eating strategies that may help reduce your risk of developing cancer.
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How the Budwig Mixture Activates the Body’s Cells to Prevent and Reverse 4 Types of Cancer

Dr. Budwig, an expert on fats and oils found that the right combination of quark cottage cheese and flaxseed oil has therapeutic properties in preventing, treating as well as curing cancer. She had been researching pathogenesis of disease and illness and while doing that, she observed that quark (a soft fresh cheese) contained small sulfhydryl groups which are found in cancer treatment drugs. These groups are cysteine and methionine-amino acids. Dr. Budwig established that essential polyunsaturated fatty acids, referred to as PUFAs are actually major components of cellular membranes, and without its proper function the cell will not be able …
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Bacon, ham and sausages 'as big a cancer threat as smoking', WHO to warn

Bacon, ham and sausages 'as big a cancer threat as smoking', WHO to warn | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it

The WHO is expected to publish a report listing processed meat as a
cancer-causing substance with the highest of five possible rankings

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Small minority of cancer cells contribute to growth and metastasis of tumours

Small minority of cancer cells contribute to growth and metastasis of tumours | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
New research shows that a small minority of cancer cells in neuroendocrine tumours of the pancreas contribute to the overall growth and metastasis of the tumour. This discovery was made by a research group at Lund University, in collaboration with researchers at Karolinska Institutet, in Sweden.
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This is what it looks like when cancer cells form tumours

This is what it looks like when cancer cells form tumours | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
The University of Iowa footage reveals how cancerous cells recruit cells into tumors by extending a type of cable to grab their neighbors—both cancerous and healthy—and reel them in.
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The 3D footage shows how cancerous breast tissue cells pull in healthy cells which then form into a tumour.

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New pen-sized microscope could ID cancer cells in doctor's offices and operating rooms

New pen-sized microscope could ID cancer cells in doctor's offices and operating rooms | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Surgeons removing a malignant brain tumor don't want to leave cancerous material behind. But they're also trying to protect healthy brain matter and minimize neurological harm.
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A cancer’s surprise origins, caught in action

A cancer’s surprise origins, caught in action | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
First demonstration of a melanoma arising from a single cell | Researchers have found that cancer begins after activation of an oncogene or loss of a tumor suppressor, and involves a change that takes a single cell back to a stem cell state. They believe this model may apply not only to melanoma, but to most if not all cancers.
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Eating Well During Cancer Treatment

Eating Well During Cancer Treatment | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Get healthy eating tips that can help you feel better when you're undergoing treatment for cancer.
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The Anti-Cancer Diet: Foods to Fight Cancer

The Anti-Cancer Diet: Foods to Fight Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Many of the foods in your refrigerator or pantry may help you maintain a cancer-free life. Learn more about foods to fight cancer.
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Australian honey could be making us sick

Australian honey could be making us sick | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Australian honeys are the most contaminated in the world with natural poisons linked to chronic disease including cancer, according to international ...
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Women with high risk of cancer effectively told 'come back when you have tumours'

Women with high risk of cancer effectively told 'come back when you have tumours' | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Private healthcare firms have come under attack for refusing preventive
mastectomies to women with the 'Jolie gene' which can mean a cancer risk as
high as 90 per cent
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32,500 British women unknowingly carry deadly ovarian cancer gene

32,500 British women unknowingly carry deadly ovarian cancer gene | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
The defective BRIP1 gene prevents cells carrying out proper repairs to their
DNA, eventually leading to cancer.
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Sugar Identified as a Top Cause of Cancer Surge

Sugar Identified as a Top Cause of Cancer Surge | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
The U.S. healthcare spends more than $1 trillion each year fighting the health effects of sugar, which includes obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
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Frying vegetables in extra virgin olive oil is healthier than boiling them and prevents cancer, research shows

Frying vegetables in extra virgin olive oil is healthier than boiling them and prevents cancer, research shows | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Vegetables fried in the oil increased in their anti-oxidant capacity and
chemicals which prevent long-term diseases
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Meat Your Future - Dr. T. Colin Campbell Discusses Animal Protein and Cancer

This is an excerpt from our interview with T. Colin Campbell, in which he discuses animal protein and the links to cancer and other diseases Dr. Campbell is ...
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