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COVID Impact on Breast Cancer: Upfront Endocrine Rx Increased
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950624

May 5th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. The use of neoadjuvant endocrine therapy (NET) increased significantly during the first 8 months of the COVID-19 pandemic for women with estrogen receptor–positive (ER+) breast cancer. These patients would normally undergo surgery first, but because of operating room restrictions, those surgerie...

Pediatric Cancer Survivors at Risk for Opioid Misuse
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950642

May 5th, 2021 - Survivors of childhood cancers are at increased risk for prescription opioid misuse compared with their peers, a review of a claims database revealed. Among more than 8,000 patients age 21 or younger who had completed treatment for hematologic, central nervous system, bone, or gonadal cancers, survivors were significantly more likely than were their peers to have an opioid prescription, longer ...

Breast Cancer Survivors Have Specific Gynecological Needs
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950630

May 5th, 2021 - Sexual dysfunction is a common problem among breast cancer survivors, but it's also an issue inadequately addressed by either ob/gyns. or hematologists and oncologists, according to Erin Keyser, MD, the program director of the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium. Keyser discussed management of sexual dysfunction and a variety of other issues frequently faced by women who ...

Improving Health Disparities Starts With Acknowledging Structural Racism
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950673

May 5th, 2021 - Earlier this spring, Kimberly D. Manning, MD, FACP, FAAP, was caring for an elderly Black man with multiple comorbidities at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, assembling an order for medications and a discharge plan. "It was very challenging," Manning, professor of medicine and associate vice chair of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Emory University, Atlanta, recalled during a May 4 sessi...

FDA OKs Upfront Pembro for Advanced HER2+ Gastric Cancer
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950679

May 5th, 2021 - This week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to pembrolizumab (Keytruda) in combination with other agents for the first-line treatment of patients with locally advanced unresectable or metastatic HER2-positive gastric or gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) adenocarcinoma. The checkpoint inhibitor is to be used in conjunction with trastuzumab (Herceptin) and fluo...

Formal Geriatric Assessment Should Be Routine
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950609

May 4th, 2021 - As the number of elderly patients with cancer continues to rise — and geriatricians remain in short supply — primary care providers and community oncologists need to incorporate formal geriatric assessment into routine practice, a geriatric oncologist said during a presentation at the American College of Physicians annual Internal Medicine meeting. A 2020 ASCO survey, which the speaker, Grant R...

COVID Shot in the Arm Not Enough to Keep Pharmacies in Business
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950584

May 4th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Joe Moose, co-owner of Moose Pharmacies in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area, is trying to adapt to the changes dealt by COVID. The chain expanded curbside services, hired additional drivers and tripled home deliveries Most pharmacies, he said, saw a decline in prescriptions last year as custo...

For Diagnosing Skin Lesions, AI Risks Failing in Skin of Color
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950572

May 4th, 2021 - In the analysis of images for detecting potential pathology, artificial intelligence (AI) is showing enormous promise across multiple fields of medicine. But the technology in dermatology is bound to fail in skin of color if training does not specifically address these skin types, according to Adewole S. Adamson, MD, who outlined this issue at the American Academy of Dermatology Virtual Meeting...

Loneliness in Middle-Aged Men Linked to Increased Cancer Risk
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950449

May 3rd, 2021 - Loneliness among middle-aged men ups their risk of cancer, and being single at the time of diagnosis confers a worse prognosis, suggest results from a longitudinal Finnish study with a mean follow-up of 20 years. The study also found that although loneliness was associated with an increased risk of cancer, social isolation was not. It's not clear why loneliness had a stronger association with c...

Lobaplatin 'Promising' in Nasopharyngeal Cancer
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950478

May 3rd, 2021 - Lobaplatin-based induction plus chemoradiation was as effective as, and safer than, a cisplatin-based regimen in a phase 3 trial of more than 500 patients with advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma. The lobaplatin regimen proved to be a "promising alternative regimen to cisplatin-based treatment," Xing Lv, MD, of Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Centre in Guangzhou, China, and colleagues wrote in The ...

Vitamins to Prevent Cancer and CVD: No, Says USPSTF
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950432

May 3rd, 2021 - For most vitamin and mineral supplements, there is not enough evidence to recommend for or against taking them to prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to new draft recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force. While the evidence is still unclear for most vitamin and mineral supplements, there is evidence that two products do not reduce the risk of these disea...

The Use of Autoantibody Testing in a Postpartum Patient at Risk for Malignancy-Associated Dermatomyositis
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950202

May 3rd, 2021 - This article originally appeared on the Hospital for Special Surgery website. Case Report In May 2019, a 32-year-old woman developed a rash on her face, chest, and knuckles, initially thought to be contact dermatitis. She saw a second dermatologist to evaluate persistent symptoms, who found positive results on antinuclear antibody (ANA) testing Malignancy screening was performed. CT scanning of...

One of the Biggest Healthcare Frauds Ever Is Still Ongoing
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950461

May 3rd, 2021 - Nine doctors and one nurse practitioner were among the 35 individuals charged with a variety of crimes associated with fraudulent cancer genetic testing in what the US Department of Justice (DoJ) called "one of the largest health care fraud schemes ever charged." Their various enterprises collectively charged Medicare and other federal healthcare programs for $2. 1 billion for unnecessary cance...

Breast Cancer Survivorship Rarely Easy, Even With Early Stage, Low-Risk Disease
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950377

May 3rd, 2021 - NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women often have ongoing symptoms and concerns following treatment for early-stage, low-risk breast cancer, according to a new study. "The study findings underscore that survivorship is rarely easy, regardless of the patient's care path and recurrence risk," Dr. Jessica Schumacher of the University of Wisconsin-Madison told Reuters Health by email. "It is important t...

Gastrectomy for Gastric Cancer Associated With Weight Loss, Diabetes Remission
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950423

May 3rd, 2021 - (Reuters Health) - Gastric cancer patients with diabetes who undergo conventional gastrectomy have an increased likelihood of diabetes remission with greater postoperative weight loss, independent of baseline weight, a recent study suggests. Researchers examined data on 5,150 patients with diabetes who had gastrectomy for cancer between 2004 and 2014. Overall, 25% of patients experienced diabet...

Success in LGBTQ+ Medicine Requires Awareness of Risk
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950369

May 2nd, 2021 - Primary care for LGBTQ+ patients should focus on early identification and management of unique health risks, according to a leading expert. Patients who are transgender, for instance, are nine times more likely to commit suicide than the general population (2015 U.S. Transgender Survey (USTS). Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. 2019 May 22. doi: 10.3886/ICPSR37229.v1...

For Cervical Cancer Screening, Any Strategy Is Acceptable
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950370

May 2nd, 2021 - Primary care providers can confidently pick any of three cervical cancer screening strategies recommended by the American Cancer Society and the United States Preventive Services Task Force, experts said. Cytology testing every 3 years, cytology/human papillomavirus cotesting every 5 years, and primary HPV testing every 5 years are similarly effective at reducing cervical cancer risk, said Rach...

FDA Panel Votes Against Two Cancer Indications but Backs 4 of 6
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950247

Apr 29th, 2021 - Federal advisers this week supported the efforts of pharmaceutical companies in 4 of 6 cases in which these firms are fighting to maintain cancer indications for approved drugs. They voted against them in two cases. The staff of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will now consider these votes as they decide what to do regarding the six cases of what they have termed "dangling" accelerate...

Many Americans Put Off Cancer Screenings Because of COVID-19
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950227

Apr 29th, 2021 - (Reuters Health) - Nearly 10 million screenings for three common cancers were missed in the U.S. because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study suggests. A comparison of monthly screening rates during the spring and summer of 2020 to rates during 2018 and 2019 revealed a 90.8% decline in breast cancer screening, a 79.3% decline in colorectal cancer screening and a 63.4% decline in prostate cance...

FDA Moves to Ban Menthol in Tobacco Products
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950223

Apr 28th, 2021 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that within a year it will ban menthol in cigarettes as well as all flavors including menthol in cigars. Menthol makes it easier to start smoking, and also enhances the effects of nicotine, making it more addictive and harder to quit, said the FDA in a statement Thursday. Nineteen organizations — including the American Academy of Pediatric...