CMS: We’re ready to accept and process ICD-10 claims
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says it completed its final Medicare fee-for-service end-to-end testing... More
Dr. Brad Zebrack
WASHINGTON – Chalk up one for the little guy: Community cancer programs are better equipped for delivering psychosocial... More
ACOs generate savings, but few get bonuses
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) accounted for savings of more than $411 million in 2014, according to the Centers... More
Recurrence score assay driving chemo decisions in unexpected ways
Adoption of the 21-gene recurrence score (RS) assay does not appear to have decreased chemotherapy use overall among... More
Dr. Mikkael Sekeres
Cancer patients who arrive in the emergency department with febrile neutropenia (FN) received antibiotics much more... More
Fewer moles linked with more aggressive melanoma
NEW YORK – Consistent with another recently published report but counterintuitive, patients with a high number of nevi... More
Persistent mutations linked to poorer outcomes in AML
Persistent leukemia-associated mutations that can be detected in at least 5% of bone marrow cells at 30 days after... More
Mixed results for cancer survivorship care plan
A cancer survivorship care plan increased the information patients received yet failed to increase patient satisfaction... More
Bone marrow smear from a patient with acute myelomonocytic leukemia.
Clinical outcomes were significantly worse among younger patients with secondary and therapy-related acute myeloid... More
Lenalidomide + rituximab combo effective in recurrent follicular lymphoma
The combination of lenalidomide and rituximab was more active in patients with recurrent follicular lymphoma, compared... More
Secondary CNS lymphoma regimen linked to 41% survival at 5 years
Treatment with high doses of antimetabolites followed by rituximab plus high-dose sequential chemoimmunotherapy and... More
Dr. Antonio Subtil
NEW YORK – Both dermatologists and pathologists can make the mistake of diagnosing a long list of pseudolymphomas as... More
Aspirin, weight loss cut colorectal cancer risk in Lynch syndrome
Losing weight and taking aspirin protect people who are genetically predisposed to colorectal cancer from developing... More
CDC: Chinese study highlights need for smoke-free policies
Strictly enforced tobacco control regulations are necessary to effectively protect the public from the dangers of... More
Reduced invasive recurrence after DCIS does not reduce mortality
Radiotherapy after breast-conserving surgery for ductal carcinoma in situ reduces the risk of ipsilateral invasive... More
Vemurafenib looks promising for several nonmelanoma malignancies
Vemurafenib showed promising activity against several nonmelanoma cancers carrying BRAF V600 mutations in a preliminary... More
GREGORY TWACHTMAN
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says it completed its final Medicare fee-for-service end-to-end testing of ICD-10 with positive results. “This final end-to-end testing [that occurred July 20-24] demonstrated that CMS systems are re... More »
 
NEIL OSTERWEIL
WASHINGTON – Chalk up one for the little guy: Community cancer programs are better equipped for delivering psychosocial support services than are National Cancer Institute–designated Cancer Programs, investigators contend. A survey conducted by ... More »
 
GREGORY TWACHTMAN
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) accounted for savings of more than $411 million in 2014, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. However, of the 20 Pioneer ACO programs and the 333 ACOs participating in the Medicare sha... More »
 
PATRICE WENDLING
Adoption of the 21-gene recurrence score (RS) assay does not appear to have decreased chemotherapy use overall among Medicare beneficiaries diagnosed with breast cancer, investigators reported online in JAMA Oncology. However, use of the assay was as... More »
 
KARI OAKES
Cancer patients who arrive in the emergency department with febrile neutropenia (FN) received antibiotics much more quickly when their condition was identified as a medical emergency and a care pathway was used to guide treatment. The set of simple i... More »
 
TED BOSWORTH
NEW YORK – Consistent with another recently published report but counterintuitive, patients with a high number of nevi prior to developing a melanoma have more favorable prognostic features than do those with fewer moles, according to data presente... More »
 
STEPHANIE A. SULLIVAN, M.D., AND PAOLA A. GEHRIG, M.D.
Vulvar cancer is a rare gynecologic cancer comprising only 5% of gynecologic malignancies. Given the low incidence of disease, many primary providers and even obstetricians and gynecologists many never encounter a case. Increased awareness of vulvar ... More »
 
LAURA NIKOLAIDES
With the race to develop cancer immunotherapies escalating and new agents appearing in the clinic, oncologists’ decision-making toolbox will need to evolve. “As immunotherapeutics become increasingly available to patients, clinicians face a majo... More »
 
S.Y. TAN, M.D.
Question: Which of the following statements regarding statutory caps on malpractice damages is best? A. All states have such a statutory provision. B. The provision limits the recovery of both economic and noneconomic losses. C. It’s constitutio... More »
 
JEFFREY BENABIO, M.D.
Transparency, until recently, was rarely associated with health care. Not anymore. For better and sometimes worse, there is a revolutionary movement toward transparency in all facets of health care: transparency of costs, outcomes, quality, service, ... More »
 
NEIL SKOLNIK, M.D., AND CHRIS NOTTE, M.D.
The other day, I had to look up “whispered pectoriloquy” to be reminded of what it meant. The last time I had seen the term was when I was a third-year medical student. I was motivated to look it up now as I was reading the review of systems in... More »
 
S.Y. TAN, M.D., J.D.
Question: Which of the following statements regarding the doctrine of informed consent is best? A. All jurisdictions now require disclosure geared toward the reasonable patient rather than the reasonable doctor. B. Disclosures are less important an... More »