Practice & Policy

USPSTF Recommends Low-Dose CT Screening for Heavy Smokers

The USPSTF published its final recommendation on screening for lung cancer on December 31, concluding that all people between the ages of 55 and 80 years who are at high risk for lung cancer should undergo low-dose CT screening.

Practice & Policy

A 3-year pilot program that rewarded oncologists for improving outcomes and efficiency—rather than administering drugs—significantly reduced overall costs without lowering quality of care.

A new clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians recommends against conducting routine pelvic exams in average-risk, asymptomatic women.

Researchers have developed a tool to measure patients’ risk for financial toxicity following cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Katz describes how he uses social media to learn more about patient perceptions of cancer, how to decide which social media to use, and drawbacks to using social media in a professional capacity.

Oncologists who participated in communication workshops improved their ability to talk with patients about their prognoses and provide emotional support, a recent study found.

Barriers to cost discussions fall into three categories: inaccessible cost data, ethical concerns, and insufficient training.

Words like value, quality, and even cost flowed freely at the ASCO Annual Meeting this year. Along with great excitement about the latest and greatest ways to understand tumor biology and treat cancer patients, there is an increasing recognition that we need to consider whether the things we do are worth it.


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