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ASCO Releases First Three Guidelines on Cancer Survivorship Care

"The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) today issued three evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on the prevention and management of symptoms that affect many cancer survivors—neuropathy, fatigue and depression, and anxiety. The guidelines are the first three in a planned series of guidelines on survivorship care. The recommendations reinforce the need to care for the both physical and psychological needs of cancer survivors."


"The release of these guidelines come at a time when the number of people with a history of cancer in the United States has increased dramatically, from 3 million in 1971 to about 13.7 million today. Despite these important gains, cancer survivors still face a range of long-term challenges from their disease and its treatment.  Cancer survivors face an increased risk for other health problems, premature mortality and side-effects from treatment.  The transition from active treatment to post-treatment care is critical to optimal long-term health. If care is not planned and coordinated, cancer survivors are left without knowledge of their heightened risks and a follow-up plan of action.


"In addition to the guidelines, Cancer.Net, ASCO’s patient information website, has updated information for survivors that is based on ASCO’s latest recommendations."

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ASCO  |  Apr 14, 2014

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Tambre Leighn's curator insight, April 17, 2014 11:30 AM

Great.  More guidelines.  How much money is spent on research, writing, studies and more to get to the finding that there is a, "need to care for the both physical and psychological needs of cancer survivors."  At some point, information must be turned into action - and many recommendations in survivorship these days come with mandates but no resources to implement or processes by which to initiate.


Cancer survivorship needs more funding and more insurance coverage, not more recommendations  - most of which have already been well documented and published for over a decade.  

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Three Genes Linked to Nerve Damage from Chemotherapy

Three Genes Linked to Nerve Damage from Chemotherapy | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

Chemotherapy damages nerves in the hands and feet (peripheral neuropathy) of up to one-third of those treated, but there's no way to tell who will suffer this side effect. That may change soon—three genes are linked to peripheral neuropathy, researchers reported at the American Association for Cancer Research's 2013 meeting. The researchers sequenced 20,000 genes from 119 people and found those who developed peripheral neuropathy during chemotherapy were also more likely to have mutations in genes called EPHA5, ARHGEF10, and PRX. Next, the researchers plan to expand the study to the entire genomes of up to 1,000 people being treated with chemotherapy.

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Mayo Clinic│Apr 9, 2013

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Cancer Survivors Need Long-Term Care Plans

Cancer Survivors Need Long-Term Care Plans | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

Most people who survive cancer are left to deal with the physical and emotional aftermath of treatment on their own—but they still need help. Long-term side effects of cancer treatments range from heart damage and painful nerve death to depression and body image disorders. However, a recent survey found that only 17% of people who survived cancer were given a long-term care plan. Cancer survivors can seek help at seven U.S. centers that focus on care after cancer, as well as the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Survivorship. The U.S. has nearly 14 million cancer survivors today, with 18 million expected by 2022.

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Bloomberg│Jun 3, 2013

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First Treatment for Pain Caused by Chemotherapy

First Treatment for Pain Caused by Chemotherapy | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

Conventional chemotherapy can damage nerves, causing pain and numbness, particularly in the hands and feet. Called neuropathy, this side effect can last months or even years after the completion of chemotherapy and there are currently no effective treatments. A new JAMA study shows that chemotherapy-induced neuropathy can be lessened with a drug called duloxetine (Cymbalta), which has also been shown to alleviate neuropathy in people with diabetes. The new study included 231 people who reported pain of at least 4 (on a scale of 0 to 10) after treatment with oxaliplatin or taxanes such as paclitaxel. Nearly 60% of those treated with duloxetine reported pain relief and those who had been treated with oxaliplatin may have benefited the most.



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Medical Express│Apr 2, 2013

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