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Encouraging Self-Exams for Early Detection of Skin Cancer

Encouraging Self-Exams for Early Detection of Skin Cancer

With the beginning of warmer weather and more time outdoors, it is the perfect time to begin reminding patients about the importance of sun protection and skin cancer screening. In fact, May was Skin Cancer Awareness Month, with the first Monday commonly referred to as "Melanoma Monday." Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, but it is also one of the most preventable. By the age of 70, it is estimated that 25% of Americans will develop skin cancer. However, when... Continue Reading

Filed under: Dermatology, Oncology/Hematology

Blood Tests for Detecting More Than 50 Cancer Types: Ready for Prime Time?

Blood Tests for Detecting More Than 50 Cancer Types: Ready for Prime Time?

In the March 2020 issue of Annals of Oncology, Liu and colleagues detailed a "sensitive and specific multi-cancer detection and localization using m... Continue Reading

Filed under: Oncology/Hematology, Preventive Medicine

Prostate Cancer and Shared Decision-Making

Prostate Cancer and Shared Decision-Making

All men are at risk for prostate cancer and one out of nine will develop the disease; age and family history influence the chance of a man developing prostat... Continue Reading

Filed under: Oncology/Hematology, Practice Management/Career, Urology

Microscopic Hematuria: New AUA/SUFU Guidelines Published July 2020

Microscopic Hematuria: New AUA/SUFU Guidelines Published July 2020

A new version of the American Urologic Association (AUA)/Society of Urodynamics & Female Urology (SUFA) guideline for microhematuria has just been published... Continue Reading

Filed under: Oncology/Hematology, Urology

Cancer Screening Guidelines 2020: Let’s Recap!

Cancer Screening Guidelines 2020: Let’s Recap!

We now have screening tools and methodologies for several of the most common types of cancer. Each year, the American Cancer Society (ACS) publishes updated... Continue Reading

Filed under: Health Policy and Trends, Oncology/Hematology, Preventive Medicine

Quitting Smoking When You Already Have Lung Cancer: Does It Matter?

Quitting Smoking When You Already Have Lung Cancer: Does It Matter?

Many patients feel that once they develop lung cancer, it is pointless to quit smoking. Smoking is one of the toughest addictions to break, and with the adde... Continue Reading

Filed under: Oncology/Hematology, Pulmonary Medicine, Substance Abuse

Women in Oncology

Women in Oncology

As a nurse practitioner, I practice in a predominantly female profession. However, I have seen a wave of symposia at recent major conferences that focus on w... Continue Reading

Filed under: Health Policy and Trends, Oncology/Hematology, Practice Management/Career

Can Robots Read Your CT Scan?

Can Robots Read Your CT Scan?

At a plenary session of the World Conference on Lung Cancer in September, 2019, in Barcelona, Spain, Hugo Aerts, PhD presented fascinating data on the use of... Continue Reading

Filed under: Miscellaneous, Oncology/Hematology

The Dilemma of the Opioid Crisis and Cancer Pain

The Dilemma of the Opioid Crisis and Cancer Pain

The misuse of opioids and inappropriate prescribing patterns have led to addiction and overdose deaths in the United States that have risen sharply in the pa... Continue Reading

Filed under: Oncology/Hematology, Substance Abuse

What the Heck is NTRK?

What the Heck is NTRK?

Neurotrophic receptor tyrosine kinase (NTRK) is a gene, and when it fuses to an unrelated gene in some cancers it can become a driver for cancer growth. Two... Continue Reading

Filed under: Oncology/Hematology

Metastatic Lung Cancer: Immunotherapy Gives Hope

Metastatic Lung Cancer: Immunotherapy Gives Hope

In 2005, the 5-year survival rate for patients with stage IV or metastatic non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC)—the most common type of lung cancer—was a... Continue Reading

Filed under: Oncology/Hematology

Breaking Down Racial Disparities in Cancer Care: The Affordable Care Act

Breaking Down Racial Disparities in Cancer Care: The Affordable Care Act

Racial disparities are well known to exist in cancer care and outcomes. Several barriers exist including access to care, cultural biases about healthcare and... Continue Reading

Filed under: Oncology/Hematology

Acute Renal Failure After Cancer Treatment

Acute Renal Failure After Cancer Treatment

Acute renal failure (ARF) in cancer patients is a dreadful complication that causes substantial morbidity and mortality. ARF is defined as a sustained and ab... Continue Reading

Filed under: Oncology/Hematology, Urology

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