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Practice & Policy

Although data are anecdotal, there is no question that the increased numbers of patients with insurance resulted in cancer patients receiving care they previously could not.

Dr. Alan Blum and Cancer Network have partnered to assemble a four-part slideshow series addressing the history of America’s smoking pandemic. Part 3 highlights a period of regulation and legislation against the tobacco industry, and litigation in the form of class action and state lawsuits.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology released a statement calling for the rapid expansion of use of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to help protect thousands of people from HPV-associated cancers.

While continuing to warn against use of laparoscopic power morcellators for the removal of uterus or uterine fibroids in most women, the FDA is allowing the marketing of a containment system for use with certain power morcellators to isolate tissue not suspected to be cancerous.

I recently spoke with someone who works for a hospital-based oncology clinic in another state. I am alarmed about the way the practice is structured. There the patient is never treated on the day they see the doctor. That means the patient must make at least two trips for every treatment. But I am told by others that this is standard.

An ASCO expert panel has endorsed a Cancer Care Ontario guideline on the role of patient and disease factors in the selection of adjuvant therapy for women with early-stage breast cancer.

A pilot program that integrated costs associated with some of the most common cancer treatment protocols with electronic medical records was successful in providing value to both physicians and patients.


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