TON July 2016 Vol 9 No 4

Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster, OH, is a comprehensive cancer care program where medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, oncology nurses, and other team members work together to provide an individualized treatment plan for every patient.
Even though many patients have profound responses to targeted therapy, they can often develop resistance, and this can happen quickly.
The ability to analyze multiple genes at the same time has led to the estimate that 20% to 25% of women with ovarian cancer have an inherited mutation in a cancer-predisposing gene.
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Physicians need to advocate for molecular profiling, according to Howard "Skip" Burris III, MD.
An electronic "facility board" situated on a wall in the nurses station of a medical/surgical unit led to more clinical interventions for abnormal vital signs, a reduction in falls among high-risk patients, and more ordering of specialty beds, according to nurses from Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Eastern Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA.
Achieving balance in the appropriate use of opioids to treat cancer pain requires skill and compassion.
When patients hear the phrase palliative care, they sometimes feel their oncology team is "giving up on them," according to a survey of attendees at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) 21st Annual Conference.
At the heart of the oncology medical home is triage, according to Barbara McAneny, MD, Chief Executive Officer of New Mexico Cancer Center as well as Innovative Oncology Business Solutions (IOBS), where she also serves as chief medical officer.
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