Common insurance plans exclude NCI, NCCN cancer centers

Cancer patient
receiving chemotherapy
Photo by Rhoda Baer
Narrow insurance plan coverage may prevent US cancer patients from receiving care at “high-quality” cancer centers, according to research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Researchers found that “narrow network” insurance plans—lower-premium plans with reduced access to certain providers—are more likely to exclude doctors associated... [Read Article]

Single-dose NEPA found non-inferior to aprepitant/granisetron

Nurse hanging bags
of chemotherapy drugs
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In a head-to-head study comparing a single-dose oral antiemetic to a 3-day oral regimen, the single dose has shown itself to be non-inferior to the multi-day regimen in preventing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV). The investigators evaluated netupitant/palonosetron (NEPA) against aprepitant/granisetron (APR/GRAN) in patients on... [Read Article]

NCCN launches radiation therapy resource

Therapist preparing patient
to receive radiation
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The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) recently launched the NCCN Radiation Therapy Compendium™, which provides a single access point for NCCN recommendations pertaining to radiation therapy. The compendium provides guidance on all radiation therapy modalities recommended within NCCN guidelines, including intensity modulated... [Read Article]

New resource designed to help prevent CINV

Cancer patient
receiving chemotherapy
Photo by Rhoda Baer
The Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) has announced the release of a toolkit intended to help prevent chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) in cancer patients. The Time to Talk CINV™ toolkit was designed to facilitate dialogue between patients and their healthcare teams to ensure no... [Read Article]

Cancer survivors report pros and cons of telehealth

Doctor using a smartphone
Photo by Daniel Sone
Cancer survivors report a range of benefits and detriments related to telehealth, according to research published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Telehealth is the use of technology to provide remote, personalized healthcare to patients. Telehealth services allow patients to have meetings and follow-up... [Read Article]

Kids, parents over-report ALL treatment adherence

Prescription pills

New research published in Blood suggests young patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)—and their parents—are likely to over-report treatment adherence. In a study of 416 pediatric ALL patients, 84% of patients or their parents said the patients took more 6-mercaptopurine (6MP) than they actually did. 6MP is prescribed for 2 years after chemotherapy... [Read Article]