ASCO Endorses American Cancer Society Prostate Cancer Survivorship Care Guidelines

“The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has issued an endorsement of the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Prostate Cancer Survivorship Care Guidelines. These guidelines provide recommendations to primary care physicians on best practices in follow-up care for men after prostate cancer treatment. The guideline endorsement was published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

“The recommendations include health promotion, prostate cancer surveillance, screening for new cancers, long-term and late functional effects of the disease and its treatment, psychosocial issues, and coordination of care between the survivor’s primary care physician and prostate cancer specialist.”

Decline in US Lung Cancer Rates, Varying by Race, Gender, Age

“Incidence rates are falling for lung cancer, the leading cancer killer of both men and women in the US. This is the conclusion that a new analysis from the National Cancer Institute has come to, with previously unrecognized trends found with regard to age, ethnicity, race, sex and cancer subtype.

“The findings of Dr. Denise Lewis and her colleagues at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are published in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society (ACS).

“According to the American Lung Association (ALA), lung cancer causes more deaths in the US than the next three most common cancers – breast, colorectal and pancreatic cancer – combined. In 2014, it is estimated that 159,260 Americans will die as a result of lung cancer.

“Before the new research, it had been acknowledged that lung cancer incidence rates were falling across the US, but little was known about trends relating to the different subtypes of cancer, such as squamous and small cell carcinomas, or about different demographic groups.”