Software Helps Men With Prostate Cancer Choose the Right Treatments

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“Like many men diagnosed with prostate cancer, Bill Pickett faced a tough question when he came to UCLA for treatment: how to fight it?

“Prostate  is one of the more curable cancers—it has a 96 percent survival rate 15 years after diagnosis, according to the American Cancer Society. The options men have after a diagnosis have different side effects and trade-offs. So choosing, for example, between radiation therapy or surgery, can be complicated for a person.”

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New Tool Predicts Financial Pain for Cancer Patients

“In an online report in the journal Cancer, a team of University of Chicago cancer specialists have described the first tool—11 questions, assembled and refined from conversations with more than 150 patients with advanced cancer—to measure a patient’s risk for, and ability to tolerate, financial stress. The researchers refer to the expense, anxiety, and loss of confidence confronting cancer patients who face large, unpredictable costs, often compounded by decreased ability to work, as “financial toxicity,” and they have named their patient-reported outcome measure COST (COmprehensive Score for financial Toxicity).”


New Tool Predicts Financial Pain for Cancer Patients

“In an online report in the journal Cancer, a team of University of Chicago cancer specialists have described the first tool—11 questions, assembled and refined from conversations with more than 150 patients with advanced cancer—to measure a patient’s risk for, and ability to tolerate, financial stress. The researchers refer to the expense, anxiety, and loss of confidence confronting cancer patients who face large, unpredictable costs, often compounded by decreased ability to work, as “financial toxicity,” and they have named their patient-reported outcome measure COST (COmprehensive Score for financial Toxicity).”


New Tool Predicts Financial Pain for Cancer Patients

“In an online report in the journal Cancer, a team of University of Chicago cancer specialists have described the first tool—11 questions, assembled and refined from conversations with more than 150 patients with advanced cancer—to measure a patient’s risk for, and ability to tolerate, financial stress. The researchers refer to the expense, anxiety, and loss of confidence confronting cancer patients who face large, unpredictable costs, often compounded by decreased ability to work, as “financial toxicity,” and they have named their patient-reported outcome measure COST (COmprehensive Score for financial Toxicity).”


Exhaled Compounds Could Provide Accurate Lung Cancer Diagnosis

“Exhaled breath contains carbonyl volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can be used as an adjunct to computed tomography (CT) scans in the diagnosis of lung cancer, according to a new study. The breath test could help distinguish between benign and malignant nodules.

” ‘The analysis of exhaled breath is a promising noninvasive tool for diagnosis of early lung cancer,” wrote study authors led by Michael Bousamra, MD, of the University of Louisville, in an abstract presented in January at the annual meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. “Previous techniques have not achieved clinical significance due to a lack of specificity and difficulties related to complex volatile mixtures.’ “