Head and Neck Cancer News (96)

 

Readmission Rates for Head and Neck Cancer Patients following free or pedicled flap reconstruction

213329517?profile=RESIZE_710xAlexander N. Goel, from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California in Los Angeles, and colleagues assessed the rate, risk factors, and causes of 30-day readmission in 9,487 patients (median age, 63 years) with head and neck cancer following free or pedicled flap reconstruction.

The researchers found that the 30-day readmission rate was 19.4 percent, with a mean cost per r

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The Unspoken Problem with Head and Neck Cancer.

137045536?profile=RESIZE_710xAlthough few statistics are available to assess how patients with cancer are affected by prescription opioid use, a recent study found that 70% of patients with cancer use opiates after radiation, according to a poster presented at the ASCO 2018 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium.

Moreover, the researchers found higher rates of use among patients who received chemotherapy, actively smoked, used alcohol, or were diagnosed with head

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Guideline recommending removal of half the thyroid gland benefits thyroid cancer patients

BOSTON: Thyroid cancer is the most rapidly increasing cancer in the United States, with around 63,000 new cases diagnosed annually and more than 600,000 Americans living with a previous diagnosis, the American Cancer Society reports.* Traditionally, the vast majority of these patients undergo complete removal of the thyroid gland--known as a total thyroidectomy--to treat their cancer rather than the le

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HPV blood test shows promise for tracking head and neck cancer after treatment

CHAPEL HILL - A new blood test developed by University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers shows promise for tracking HPV-linked head and neck cancer patients to ensure they remain cancer-free after treatment.

Researchers will present preliminary findings at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology in San Antonio on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Their study evalua

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Marketing of sugar, alcohol & tobacco:
 
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Government action is needed to regulate the "extremely dangerous" marketing of junk food, alcohol and tobacco — the "holy trinity of public health".

That's the call from marketing expert Professor Gerard Hastings, speaking at the Cancer Society Auckland Northland's symposium for Cancer Research Week on Monday. 

Around 8000 New Zealanders are diagnosed with potentially preventable cancer each year caused by these "big three" risk factors, the Cancer So

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Knowledge Gaps on HPV's Link to Head/Neck Ca for Docs in Training

Few are equipped to perform HPV vaccine counseling, study found 

 

ATLANTA -- Medical students and resident trainees are largely unaware of the association between human papilloma virus (HPV) and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma, according to researchers.

In a survey returned by more than 1,900 medical students and 1,000 residents, recognition of the link between HPV and cervical cancer was nearly universal, but only abo

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Keytruda now has eighth registration - this time for Head and Neck cancer

 
 

KEYTRUDA (pembrolizumab) gains its eighth registration in New Zealand - this time for head and neck cancer which has reoccurred or spread after treatment.

Paul Smith, MSD New Zealand Director says, "Head and neck cancer is a complex disease historically associated with high recurrence and poor long term outcomes. The registration of KEYTRUDA for patients’, whose disease has reoccurre

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'The facial reconstruction that changed my life'

 
 
_103604611_1.jpg?profile=RESIZE_710x It was two months before Jen Taylor was diagnosed with bone cancer

When Jen Taylor was diagnosed with bone cancer, she underwent 16 hours of surgery to remove her upper jaw, cheek, eye socket and an area almost all the way to the back of her skull - before rebuilding her face. She finds it hard to believe anyone could survive it.

"I had literally no symptoms - no pain or illness," Jen Taylor tells the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme

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Artificial intelligence could help to plan radiotherapy treatment for head and neck cance

13 Sep 2018
An artificial intelligence (AI) system that could help to plan radiotherapy treatment for head and neck cancer patients has shown promising early results.
 

Clinicians and researchers from DeepMind Health and University College London Hospitals (UCLH) are developing an algorithm which initial testing suggests can perform to a similar standard as radiographers and oncologists but in a fra

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 Immunotherapy News
 
 
 Missak Haigentz, MD, chief of Hematology and Oncology at Morristown Medical Center, medical director of Atlantic Hematology and Oncology for Atlantic Medical Group at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, discusses the impact that immunotherapy has had on the treatment of patients with head and neck cancer.

Immunotherapy has revolutionized the way that cancer is approached, says Haigentz. Five years ago, the only treatments available for patients with head and neck ca
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Cancer time bomb is ready to explode

125040617?profile=RESIZE_710xTHOUSANDS of cancer patients could miss out on life-saving treatment as a pioneering drug to help beat the disease will only be available for a limited time. Patients on "game-changing" immunotherapy drugs face having to stop the life-saving treatment because of rules about how long they are allowed to take it.  Read more...

 

 

 

Research Findings Prove Massage Therapy Improves Pain

 
 
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I work as an oncology/mastectomy massage therapist at C

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New appointments to Waikato and Counties Manukau DHBs

Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced new appointments to the Waikato and Counties Manukau District Health Boards.

Current chair of Bay of Plenty DHB Sally Webb has been appointed chair of Waikato DHB, while former Speaker of the House and law professor Margaret Wilson will bring valuable legal insight to her role as deputy chair.

“No one should underestimate the task of governance in our public health service. DHB members play a vital

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Early trauma may be risk factor for anxiety and depression in adults with head/neck cancer

Patients who experienced childhood trauma were also more likely to be diagnosed with advanced cancer

71126149?profile=RESIZE_710xAmong individuals with head and neck cancer (HNC), those who experienced childhood trauma were more likely to have advanced cancer, to have higher alcohol consumption, and to experience symptoms of anxiety and depression. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Socie

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Treating Head and Neck Cancer: The Power of a Multi-Specialty Team and Staying Informed

At the 2017 ASCO meeting in Chicago, Host Andrew Schorr chats with head and neck cancer expert Dr. Ezra Cohen. They talk about updates for patients at this year's conference. Dr. Cohen is the Associate Director of the Moores Cancer Center. He is also a Professor of Medicine at UC San Diego Health. Dr. Cohen says that researchers have realized that there are two types of head and neck cancer. One that is assoc

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We curate the lastest news in head and neck cancer for you.

Dr. Katzel on Why Women With Head and Neck Cancer are Undertreated

Some answers on why women with HNC receive less treatment than men.

Small molecule inhibitor appears effective, safe for advanced head and neck cancer

An experimental therapy demonstrated promising efficacy when evaluated in a small cohort of patients with advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, according to results of an open-la

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HNC News from New Zealand and around the world.

 From Medicines New Zealand

New Zealand’s Medicines Waiting List: International disgrace for patient equity

12 July 2018

The medicines waiting list grows to over 100 priority medicines that wait to be publicly funded by PHARMAC. All medicines on this list have been recommended to benefit patients and New Zealand’s healthcare system by PHARMAC’s own technical advisory board.

The medicines waiting list has grown

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Three Articles from the Head and Neck Cancer News

The Caregivers' Cancer Journey

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As patients with cancer complete their active treatment phase, many are faced with new and often unanticipated challenges as they transition into survivorship. Many are managing ongoing or long-term physical side effects of treatment, experiencing anxiety about disease recurrence, navigating sometimes bumpy returns to work or school, and digesting the reality of the cancer diagnosis itself — the full scope of whi

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The latest news from around the world and close to home....

How to survive survivorship

50437809?profile=originalIt started with a lump in my throat.

I don't mean the metaphorical lump, the kind that comes when you're feeling a rush of emotion and trying to hold back tears. I mean literally.

One day nearly a year ago I noticed that there was a lump on the right side of my neck that wouldn't go away. 

Even now after writing that sentence my hand reaches for that spot, a leftover instinct borne from weeks of checking to s

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....From around the world, and closer to home, some of the top stories this week.

GP's plea to parents: save your kids from disfiguring cancer

Cases of head and neck cancer are increasing at a faster rate than other cancers, yet a cure for one of the causes is being turned down too often, according to Whangarei doctor Andrew Miller.

In younger patients especially, HPV infection has recently emerged as an important cause of what can be a disfiguring disease.

HPV immunisation, which is funded for

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