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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549033/estrogen-receptor-progesterone-receptor-and-human-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-2-testing-in-breast-cancer-assessing-the-value-of-repeated-centralized-testing-in-excision-specimens
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Nosaibah Hariri, Farnaz Hasteh, Vighnesh Walavalkar, Andres A Roma, Oluwole Fadare
At some tertiary breast care centers, where many patients are referred from other institutions, it is routine to repeat testing for estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR), and human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER2/neu) in excision specimens if these tests were performed on the preceding biopsy at the referring facility. The goal of this study is to assess the value of this practice. We documented results from ER, PR, and HER2 testing in 541 consecutive invasive breast cancers excised over a 2...
May 25, 2017: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539976/a-review-of-specialist-palliative-care-provision-and-access-across-london-mapping-the-capital
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Sarah Cox, Fliss E M Murtagh, Adrian Tookman, Andrew Gage, Nigel Sykes, Maureen McGinn, Meeta Kathoria, Hilary Wilderspin, Liz Chart
Palliative care provision varies by diagnosis, geography, and setting. The Minimum Data-set provides high-level data on provision, but comprehensive comparative information about specialist palliative care (SPC) provision is lacking. The London Cancer Alliance - now RM Partners' Accountable Cancer Network - palliative care group (West/South London) and PallE8 (North/East London), with Marie Curie, sought to address this gap. The aim was to provide comparative data on SPC provision across London to support commissioners and providers to assess provision, identify gaps, and reduce inequity...
May 2017: London Journal of Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537964/the-impact-of-the-affordable-care-act-on-cancer-survivorship
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Christine Leopold, Elyse R Park, Larissa Nekhlyudov
In 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was implemented with the aim of expanding access to quality, affordable care. In this review, we describe the ACA provisions that are most relevant for cancer survivors, provide available published evidence, and offer insights for future research. We found that provisions focusing on access to preventive care, access to quality and coordinated care, and coverage expansion and increased affordability suggest beneficial effects. However, we identified research gaps specifically addressing the intended and unintended consequences of the ACA on cancer survivorship care...
May 2017: Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537961/the-affordable-care-act-and-cancer-care-delivery
#4
Gabriel A Brooks, J Russell Hoverman, Carrie H Colla
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has reformed US health care delivery through insurance coverage expansion, experiments in payment design, and funding for patient-centered clinical and health care delivery research. The impact on cancer care specifically has been far reaching, with new ACA-related programs that encourage coordinated, patient-centered, cost-effective care. Insurance expansions through private exchanges and Medicaid, along with preexisting condition clauses, have helped more than 20 million Americans gain health care coverage...
May 2017: Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537952/providing-coordinated-cancer-care-a-qualitative-study-of-norwegian-cancer-coordinators-experiences-of-their-role
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Nataskja-Elena Kersting Lie, May Aasebø Hauken, Per Koren Solvang
BACKGROUND: There is a growing need for strategies to improve coordinated, tailored services in cancer care to meet the comprehensive needs of cancer patients. In Norway, cancer coordinators (CCs) have been established to improve coordination and patient-centeredness of services. Little is known about how CCs engage to provide patients with the needed services and support throughout the treatment. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore how Norwegian CCs experience their role and how they enact it in order to enhance coordinated cancer care...
May 23, 2017: Cancer Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535101/design-challenges-of-an-episode-based-payment-model-in-oncology-the-centers-for-medicare-medicaid-services-oncology-care-model
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Ronald M Kline, L Daniel Muldoon, Heidi K Schumacher, Larisa M Strawbridge, Andrew W York, Laura K Mortimer, Alison F Falb, Katherine J Cox, Carol Bazell, Ellen W Lukens, Mary C Kapp, Rahul Rajkumar, Amy Bassano, Patrick H Conway
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services developed the Oncology Care Model as an episode-based payment model to encourage participating practitioners to provide higher-quality, better-coordinated care at a lower cost to the nearly three-quarter million fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries with cancer who receive chemotherapy each year. Episode payment models can be complex. They combine into a single benchmark price all payments for services during an episode of illness, many of which may be delivered at different times by different providers in different locations...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534144/coordination-of-care-in-survivorship-after-treatment-of-hematological-malignancies-the-journey-is-not-over-yet
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Catherine J Lee, Lori S Muffly
The number of adult survivors of hematologic malignancies is steadily growing. This population is at moderate to high risk for cancer survivorship issues including physical and psychosocial sequelae of intensive cancer therapies. Although cancer survivorship is a growing field in pediatric and solid tumor oncology, survivorship care and research has often been overlooked in the hematologic malignancies. In this review, we focus specifically on survivorship issues related to adult patients with hematologic malignancies and provide commentary on the role of cancer survivorship, proposed survivorship care models, and the economic and health policy obstacles associated with moving the cancer survivorship field forward in this very important patient population...
May 22, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533808/how-one-institution-overcame-the-challenges-to-start-an-mri-based-brachytherapy-program-for-cervical-cancer
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REVIEW
Matthew M Harkenrider, Steven M Shea, Abbie M Wood, Bonnie Chinsky, Amishi Bajaj, Michael Mysz, Joseph H Yacoub, Ari Goldberg, Margaret Liotta, Ronald Potkul, Murat Surucu, John Roeske, William Small
PURPOSE: Adaptive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based brachytherapy results in improved local control and decreased high-grade toxicities compared to historical controls. Incorporating MRI into the workflow of a department can be a major challenge when initiating an MRI-based brachytherapy program. This project aims to describe the goals, challenges, and solutions when initiating an MRI-based cervical cancer brachytherapy program at our institution. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We describe the 6-month multi-disciplinary planning phase to initiate an MRI-based brachytherapy program...
April 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528449/the-canadian-national-breast-screening-studies-are-compromised-and-their-results-are-unreliable-they-should-not-factor-into-decisions-about-breast-cancer-screening
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REVIEW
Daniel B Kopans
The Canadian National Breast Screening Studies were compromised by an unblinded allocation process and poor quality mammography. Contrary to the requirement that allocation in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) be blinded to avoid any possible intentional or unintentional subversion of a random allocation, all women in the CNBSS trials underwent a clinical breast examination prior to assignment to the study arm or the usual care arm. Women with abnormal clinical breast examinations were identified, and this information was available to the coordinators who then assigned the women on open lists...
May 20, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528171/accountable-care-organizations-and-the-use-of-cancer-screening
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Christian P Meyer, Anna Krasnova, Jesse D Sammon, Stuart R Lipsitz, Joel S Weissman, Maxine Sun, Quoc-Dien Trinh
Cancer preventive services, when used appropriately, result in improved health, better quality of life and decreased costs. For these reasons, cancer preventive services represent important priorities within the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Among the many provisions to improve access to preventive services the ACA introduced Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) as trajectory to deliver coordinated, high-quality care. In order to evaluate this benchmark, we analyzed (in 2016/Boston) screening prevalence of breast cancer, a recommended screening test according to the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), and prostate cancer, for which screening is no longer recommended by the USPSTF, among traditional Medicare beneficiaries and those enrolled in ACOs...
May 17, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527628/multidisciplinary-clinics-for-colorectal-cancer-care-reduces-treatment-time
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Vanessa N Kozak, Alok A Khorana, Sudha Amarnath, Katherine E Glass, Matthew F Kalady
INTRODUCTION: Management of locally advanced and metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC) requires the expertise of multiple specialists. Multidisciplinary clinics (MDCs) are a working model designed to facilitate delivery of coordinated care. The present study evaluated the effects of MDC on the time to treatment (TTT). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with CRC or locally advanced anal cancer who were evaluated at a single-institution MDC from January 2014 to October 2015 were identified from an institutional registry...
April 19, 2017: Clinical Colorectal Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524894/the-need-for-identification-cards-in-immuno-oncology-%C3%A2
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Lisa Kennedy Sheldon
Oncology nurses have worked within the three pillars of cancer care-surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy -for decades. Now, immuno-oncologic (I-O) therapy agents are a new paradigm in cancer treatment. On March 28, 2017, an I-O think tank was held at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) in Pittsburgh, PA. This think tank was organized in response to the rapid changes in cancer treatment with the advent of I-O therapies. The think tank appraised the needs of patients receiving these agents and the oncology nurses and healthcare providers caring for them...
June 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516435/management-considerations-in-cancer-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Richard J Zogala, Kristina Goutsouliak, Maria E Suarez-Almazor
Rheumatoid arthritis is a common inflammatory disease that requires treatment with immunosuppressants to control symptoms and avoid joint destruction. Managing cancer in patients with concomitant rheumatoid arthritis poses special challenges that require close coordination of care between oncologists and rheumatologists. Potential clinical issues needing special consideration include: 1) perioperative management in patients undergoing cancer surgery, which often requires discontinuation of antirrheumatic therapy; 2) use of immunosuppressant therapies for rheumatoid arthritis, especially biologic agents that inhibit cytokine and immune pathways, which conceivably could affect immune-mediated antitumor responses (the issues are different in patients with active cancer vs those with a past history of cancer and no recurrences); 3) management in the palliative care setting; and 4) use of cancer immunotherapy, such as checkpoint inhibitor agents, in patients with pre-existing rheumatoid arthritis...
May 15, 2017: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503644/what-s-the-buzz-tell-me-what-s-happening-in-breast-cancer-screening
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REVIEW
Sharon K Byrne
Many controversies have come to light related to breast cancer screening recommendations for average- and high-risk populations. This manuscript focuses on factors to consider when coordinating and conducting breast cancer screening programs in an average or "healthy women" population. As presented at the 2016 ONS Congress, a brief comparison of current screening recommendations among various organizations for early detection of breast cancer is provided. Lessons learned regarding key components of successful screening programs such as being patient focused, accessible, and sustainable are shared...
April 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495112/inequalities-in-non-communicable-diseases-between-the-major-population-groups-in-israel-achievements-and-challenges
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REVIEW
Khitam Muhsen, Manfred S Green, Varda Soskolne, Yehuda Neumark
Israel is a high-income country with an advanced health system and universal health-care insurance. Overall, the health status has improved steadily over recent decades. We examined differences in morbidity, mortality, and risk factors for selected non-communicable diseases (NCDs) between subpopulation groups. Between 1975 and 2014, life expectancy in Israel steadily increased and is currently above the average life expectancy for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries. Nevertheless, life expectancy has remained lower among Israeli Arabs than Israeli Jews, and this gap has recently widened...
May 5, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490926/challenges-and-insights-in-implementing-coordinated-care-between-oncology-and-primary-care-providers-a-canadian-perspective
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J R Tomasone, M Vukmirovic, M C Brouwers, E Grunfeld, R Urquhart, M A O'Brien, M Walker, F Webster, M Fitch
We report here on the current state of cancer care coordination in Canada and discuss challenges and insights with respect to the implementation of collaborative models of care. We also make recommendations for future research. This work is based on the findings of the Canadian Team to Improve Community-Based Cancer Care Along the Continuum (canimpact) casebook project. The casebook project identified models of collaborative cancer care by systematically documenting and analyzing Canadian initiatives that aim to improve or enhance care coordination between primary care providers and oncology specialists...
April 2017: Current Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490920/the-role-of-family-physicians-in-cancer-care-perspectives-of-primary-and-specialty-care-providers
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J Easley, B Miedema, M A O'Brien, J Carroll, D Manca, F Webster, E Grunfeld
BACKGROUND: Currently, the specific role of family physicians (fps) in the care of people with cancer is not well defined. Our goal was to explore physician perspectives and contextual factors related to the coordination of cancer care and the role of fps. METHODS: Using a constructivist grounded theory approach, we conducted telephone interviews with 58 primary and cancer specialist health care providers from across Canada. RESULTS: The participants-21 fps, 15 surgeons, 12 medical oncologists, 6 radiation oncologists, and 4 general practitioners in oncology-were asked to describe both the role that fps currently play and the role that, in their opinion, fps should play in the future care of cancer patients across the cancer continuum...
April 2017: Current Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480472/added-value-from-secondary-use-of-person-generated-health-data-in-consumer-health-informatics-contribution-of-the-consumer-health-informatics-imia-working-group
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P-Y Hsueh, Y-K Cheung, S Dey, K K Kim, F J Martin-Sanchez, S K Petersen, T Wetter
INTRODUCTION: Various health-related data, subsequently called Person Generated Health Data (PGHD), is being collected by patients or presumably healthy individuals as well as about them as much as they become available as measurable properties in their work, home, and other environments. Despite that such data was originally just collected and used for dedicated predefined purposes, more recently it is regarded as untapped resources that call for secondary use. METHOD: Since the secondary use of PGHD is still at its early evolving stage, we have chosen, in this paper, to produce an outline of best practices, as opposed to a systematic review...
May 8, 2017: Yearbook of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479369/genomic-profiling-of-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-in-community-settings-gaps-and-opportunities
#19
Martin E Gutierrez, Kelly Choi, Richard B Lanman, Edward J Licitra, Stanley M Skrzypczak, Ruth Pe Benito, Tommy Wu, Srikesh Arunajadai, Sukhi Kaur, Harry Harper, Andrew L Pecora, Eric V Schultz, Stuart L Goldberg
BACKGROUND: National guidelines have advocated broad molecular profiling as a part of the standard diagnostic evaluation for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), with the goal of identifying driver mutations for which effective therapies or clinical trials are available. However, adherence to genomic testing guidelines could present challenges to community oncologists. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of genomic testing patterns in patients with nonsquamous NSCLC treated by 89 oncologists at 15 sites throughout New Jersey and Maryland from January 2013 to December 2015...
April 13, 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476267/chronic-pain-among-patients-with-opioid-use-disorder-results-from-electronic-health-records-data
#20
Yih-Ing Hser, Larissa J Mooney, Andrew J Saxon, Karen Miotto, Douglas S Bell, David Huang
PURPOSE: To examine the prevalence of comorbid chronic pain among patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) and to compare other comorbidities (substance use disorder (SUD), mental health disorders, health/disease conditions) among patients in four categories: no chronic pain (No Pain), OUD prior to pain (OUD First), OUD and pain at the same time (Same Time), or pain condition prior to OUD (Pain First). METHODS: Using an electronic health record (EHR) database from 2006-2015, the study assessed 5307 adult patients with OUD in a large healthcare system; 35...
June 2017: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
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