Researchers question validity of NCCN guidelines

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New research suggests guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) may sometimes be supported by low-quality evidence or no evidence at all. Researchers compared NCCN recommendations for cancer drugs to US cancer drug approvals over a 5-year period. Thirty-nine percent of NCCN’s treatment recommendations... [Read Article]
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Intervention helps kids stay active after cancer treatment

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Results of a pilot study suggest a web-based, reward-driven intervention can motivate adolescent cancer survivors to stay physically active. Time spent performing moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) increased by an average of 5 minutes a week for subjects who were randomized to the intervention. For control subjects,... [Read Article]
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ASCO, NCCN release guidelines on checkpoint inhibitors

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Two cancer organizations have released guidelines for managing the side effects of immune checkpoint inhibitors. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN) developed these guidelines because patients who receive immune checkpoint inhibitors experience unique side effects that can be severe, irreversible,... [Read Article]
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Nurse education boosts proper use of VTE prophylaxis

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Online education programs for nurses can improve the administration of prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism (VTE), a new study suggests. The research was spurred by a documented need to boost the administration of prescribed VTE prophylaxis in hospitalized patients. Data had shown that patients’ refusal of... [Read Article]
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Cancer patients perceive their abilities differently than caregivers do

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Cancer patient receiving chemotherapy
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New research suggests older cancer patients and their caregivers often differ in their assessment of the patients’ abilities. In this study, patients generally rated their physical and mental function higher than caregivers did. The study also showed that differences in assessment of patients’ physical abilities... [Read Article]
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