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New Strategies to Improve Quality of Life for Cancer Patients, Caregivers

New Strategies to Improve Quality of Life for Cancer Patients, Caregivers | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"New strategies for easing the short- and long-term effects of cancer therapy and improving the quality of life of patients with cancer, as well as their caregivers have been released by researchers. "We've made incredible strides in cancer treatment, and more cancer survivors are alive today than ever before. But oncology isn't just about helping people live longer -- we need to ensure that patients have the best quality of life possible at every stage of their cancer journey," said one expert."

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ScienceDaily  |  Jun 2, 2014

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Cancer Survivors Need Long-Term Care Plans

Cancer Survivors Need Long-Term Care Plans | Melanoma 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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How to Control Other Cancers Caused by Targeted Treatments for Melanoma

While effective against melanomas with BRAF mutations, BRAF inhibitors can also cause other cancers such as squamous cell carcinoma and RAS-mutant leukemia. In an overview of the field, researchers say that people treated with BRAF inhibitors may need long-term follow-ups. The researchers also suggest combining BRAF inhibitors with treatments that target the other cancers. These include MEK inhibitors, which control some but not all of the other cancers. In addition, people treated with BRAF inhibitors may need more aggressive screening if they have a family history of colorectal cancer.


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Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology│Aug 14, 2013

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