Committee Connection
  • JCO Exclusive: Can Oncology Communication Skills Be Learned? Yes, Says One Study

    26 Jan 2015 04:05 PM

                        Key Points The study found that members of four interdisciplinary radiology teams who took part in a 38-hour training program designed to strengthen skills in patient communication showed improvements in patient-assessment skills, supportive skills, and in the amount of information shared with patients during a radiology planning session among patients... Read more

  • JCO Exclusive: Study Shows Immunotherapy Response in Patients with Pancreatic Cancer

    12 Jan 2015 04:04 PM

                        Key Points This study reported that immunotherapy can confer a possible survival advantage in patients with pancreatic cancer. The study compared combined GVAX/CRS-207 to GVAX alone and found that the 61 patients who received the combined treatment had an overall survival (OS) of 6.1 months, whereas the 29 patients who received GVAX alone had an OS of 3.9... Read more

  • JOP Exclusive: Success Seen in NCI Multidisciplinary Care Program

    05 Jan 2015 04:15 PM

                        Key Points This study reported on the progress of the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP), established in 2007 with the goal of improving the quality of care in community cancer centers. One of the major goals of the NCCCP was to encourage the development of multidisciplinary clinics (MDCs ) in community cancer centers.... Read more

  • Cancer Survivorship: Optimizing Care and Outcomes through Continuing Medical Education

    05 Jan 2015 11:00 AM

    By Larissa Nekhlyudov, MD, MPH, and Ann Partridge, MD, MPH, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School     Larissa Nekhlyudov, MD, MPH Ann Partridge, MD, MPHTraditional approaches to caring for cancer survivors have focused primarily on surveillance for recurrence. In recent years, sparked by the 2006 Institute of Medicine report, this focus has expanded to include health promotion, prevention, and surveillance... Read more

  • JCO Exclusive: In Detecting Prostate Cancer, a New Biomarker May Supplement PSA

    29 Dec 2014 04:03 PM

                        Key Points This study of 859 men who were previously screened for prostate cancer found that using the urinary biomarker PCA3 as a supplement to the PSA test led to a more refined measurement of risk, for both prostate cancer and high-grade cancer, compared to using PSA alone. The study found that for men who never had a biopsy and who had an elevated... Read more

  • JOP Exclusive: Financial Burden in Pediatric Cancer May be Tied to Unexpected Events

    22 Dec 2014 04:00 PM

                        Key Points This study found that caregivers whose children or charges experienced five or more unexpected hospitalizations during the first to fifth year after diagnosis reported a perceived financial distress 24.9 points higher (out of a scale of 100) than those who had fewer hospitalizations  Caregivers who had quit or changed jobs within years... Read more

  • JCO Exclusive: For Survivors of Colorectal Cancer, More Exercise, Less TV May Lower Risk of Death

    15 Dec 2014 04:00 PM

                        Key Points This study found that survivors of colorectal cancer (CRC) who exercised seven hours or more per week before their diagnosis had a 20% lower risk of dying of any cause compared to survivors who did not exercise at all. Those who exercised seven hours or more per week after their diagnosis had a 31% lower risk of dying of any cause compared to... Read more

  • JCO Exclusive: Cognitive Delays Among Children who Receive Stem Cell Transplants

    24 Nov 2014 04:00 PM

                        Key Points This study of 315 children found that children who received stem cell transplantation (SCT) before the age of three—whether with or without total body irradiation (TBI)—showed cognitive delays one year post-treatment. However, the children who received TBI continued to show significant cognitive delays after the one-year time point, compared... Read more

  • Worldwide Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns: Pink Sidon Sea Castle in Lebanon

    20 Nov 2014 06:24 PM

    By Firas Y. Kreidieh, MD; Raghid N. Charara, MD; and Nagi S. El Saghir, MD, FACP Breast Center of Excellence, Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon        Sidon Sea Castle, a thirteenth-century fortress in Lebanon, is lit with pink lights to celebrate breast cancer awareness and survivorship during October 2014.  In October 2014, the Lebanese Breast... Read more

  • JCO Exclusive: Peer Support Reduces Distress Among Women Recently Diagnosed with BRCA1/2 Mutation

    17 Nov 2014 04:04 PM

                        Key Points This study showed that among women recently diagnosed with a BRCA1/2 mutation, a telephone-based peer support program is effective in reducing their cancer-related distress and unmet information needs—at least in the short term. The women who received the peer-support reported significantly lower emotional distress and unmet information... Read more