Oncology providers familiar with the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) guideline on older adults with cancer are two to four times more likely to conduct a geriatric assessment on patients with cancer over the age of 65, according to the first international ASCO survey aimed at determining if and how often cancer providers are using geriatric assessments when treating older adults. This is a noteworthy finding, according to ASCO, because nearly 70% of patients with cancer in the United States are 65 years of age or older, and globally, the number of new cancer cases per year among older adults will exceed 13 million by 2030.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A new study published today in the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) reveals the findings of a 2018 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Oncology Workforce survey on oncologists’ perceptions and practice behaviors related to diet, physical activity, and weight management in people with cancer — during and after active treatment. The research was also presented today at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) 2019 Research Conference, Diet, Obesity, Physical Activity and Cancer — Beyond the Blueprint.
A new “frailty index” predicts overall survival for patients newly diagnosed with multiple myeloma, according to a study published today in JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics (JCO CCI). This tool is important because frailty is a critical factor in treatment decision-making for many patients with multiple myeloma, as the cancer most commonly arises among older adults. According to the authors, this tool is the first of its kind to assess frailty based on the accumulation of aging-associated diseases and disabilities—or biological age—rather than chronological age alone to predict overall survival in multiple myeloma.
Data from a new survey show that as many as 80% of oncologists have discussed medical marijuana use with their patients. According to the authors, this is the first nationally-representative survey to examine oncologists’ practices and beliefs on the subject since the implementation of state medical marijuana laws. The research published online today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Linda D. Bosserman, MD, FACP, FASCO, has been named Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP), a publication of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Dr. Bosserman is a recognized leader in cancer care delivery with a deep understanding of the issues impacting all types of oncology practices.
A new Physician Assistant (PA)-based study finds that despite personal satisfaction in the oncology specialty, high rates of burnout –over one third of PAs (34.8%)—are common. These findings reveal important factors that could help to decrease burnout and improve the oncology workforce dynamics, including the relationship between PAs, collaborating physicians, and the care team. The study was published today in the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP).
Alcohol use—whether light, moderate, or heavy—is linked with increasing the risk of several leading cancers, including those of the breast, colon, esophagus, and head and neck, according to evidence gathered by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).
The rate of human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination in the United States is increasing, but remains lower than ideal. A new study suggests that survivors of childhood cancer receive the HPV vaccine at an even lower rate than their peers without cancer ̶ 24% versus 40%. Nearly three quarters of study participants reported that their healthcare provider did not proactively recommend vaccination.
A new population-based study shows that palliative care substantially decreased healthcare utilization among Medicare beneficiaries with advanced cancer, resulting in less intensive care being delivered at the end of life. This included lower rates of hospitalization, fewer invasive procedures, and reduced chemotherapy administration at the end of life, along with higher rates of hospice enrollment and stays. This study was published today in the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP).
Researchers found that the survival rate of patients with advanced cancer who have cardiac arrest in a hospital setting is about half that of patients without advanced cancer. Although patients in the study with advanced cancer more frequently had “do not resuscitate” orders after their cardiac arrest than those without advanced cancer (55.6% versus 43%), this does not fully explain the survival differences. This new study was published today in the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP).
A new study demonstrates that the use of less radiation therapy (RT) for breast cancer patients who have undergone lumpectomy does not negatively impact patient outcomes, and could result in significant reductions in health care costs. These findings, which examine patient eligibility for evidence-based radiation therapies or no RT in the National Cancer Database (NCDB), were published online today in the Journal of Oncology Practice. People living with breast cancer often receive lumpectomy followed by RT instead of a full mastectomy because research has demonstrated that there is no difference in disease-specific or overall survival.
Alexandria, VA. – The Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) today will publish three articles being presented in oral sessions at ASCO’s 2017 Quality Care Symposium (QCS) in Orlando, FL. In its aim to provide top resources on clinical and administrative management for the oncology field, JOP is extending its publishing territory to work with researchers and publish the latest findings in conjunction with meeting presentations.
A new study suggests that weight loss could decrease the risk of endometrial cancer in postmenopausal women by as much as 29 to 56%. Researchers observed that the benefit was greatest for obese women who actively worked to lose weight. These findings, which draw from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study data, were published online today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Debra A. Patt, MD, MPH, MBA, has been named editor-in-chief of the new JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics (JCO CCI), a publication of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) announced today the publication of seven articles in its new Journal of Global Oncology (JGO). The first articles for this online-only, open-access journal are now available at www.jgo.org.