Researchers have identified follow-up care and outcomes disparities for patients with brain metastasis treated with stereotactic radiosurgery in a private hospital compared with those treated in a safety-net hospital. READ MORE

Conferences

Scott Glaser, MD, presented results from a study evaluating chemotherapy and radiation therapy in the largest group of patients with stage 2 testicular seminoma ever recorded. 

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Shorter radiation courses followed by consolidation chemotherapy before surgery may be an effective treatment option for rectal cancer patients. 

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Features

Roger Longman, MA, offers a perspective on how we can overcome comparative effectiveness research and bring a greater understanding on which drugs work best. 

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The debate continues to rage over the current cost of cancer care and the value that these drugs bring to patients.

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Interview

Journal of Clinical Pathways spoke with Robin Zon, MD, FACP, FASCO, chair of ASCO’s Task Force on Clinical Pathways and medical oncologist at Michiana Hematology Oncology, Mishawaka, IN.

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News

Researchers have identified follow-up care and outcomes disparities for patients with brain metastasis treated with stereotactic radiosurgery in a private hospital compared with those treated in a safety-net hospital.

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A recent study investigated the drug utilization, health care resource utilization, and disease-related costs among patients with metastatic bladder cancer.

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The percentage of US adults under age 65 who skip essential prescription drugs because of price has declined, a five-year study found. But consistently, problems with financial access to medication were more common in cancer survivors.

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Chemotherapy drug waste from single-dose vials increased 3-year incremental budget costs by over $100 million in Canada, but is not being modeled uniformly in economic evaluations.

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Research in Review

More than 23% of patients with breast cancer who undergo breast-conserving surgery followed by subsequent surgery do not receive the full benefits of surgery due to added costs and complications.

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Researchers identified which imaging technique is better for evaluating prognosis of newly-diagnosed multiple myeloma.

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Intensified regimens improve event-free survival and overall survival in patients newly diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma compared with standard therapy.

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A recent analysis reports a cost-effective alternative modality that demonstrates similar efficacy to traditional breast MRI.

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