Disparities in End-of-Life Care

For cancer patients at the ends of their lives, hospice care can provide access to comfort measures and extra help. Medicare offers hospice benefits to eligible patients. But not all patients have equal access to this care, research indicates.

In the spring issue of Cancer Today, medical and business journalist Charlotte Huff writes about disparities in end-of-life care affecting U.S. cancer patients.

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Why Is Liver Cancer on the Rise?

Although liver cancer isn’t as prevalent as lung cancer or breast cancer, this cancer is now the fastest-increasing cause of cancer death in the United States. In the Spring 2018 issue of Cancer Today, contributing editor Sue Rochman explored contributing factors for the increased liver cancer incidence since the mid-1970s.

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Advice from Advocates: How to Navigate the Annual Meeting

Two graduates of the AACR Scientist↔Survivor Program, a special educational experience that gives patient advocates the opportunity to attend and learn from researchers at the AACR Annual Meeting, have put together some tips to help guide advocates who are attending this or any large scientific conference.

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DNA Profiling Moves From Forensics to Diagnostics

Television series like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation familiarized viewers with advances in forensic science that allow investigators to detect minute amounts of a person’s unique DNA sequence found at a crime scene and analyze it to implicate or exonerate a suspect. Similar DNA technologies can also detect and analyze small numbers of cancer cells in blood.

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The Vital Role of Caregivers

Before her husband, Tony, was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2012, Christy Leonard knew little about caregiving. Leonard, who works in information technology, soon found herself giving injections and operating a feeding tube, all while working from home and caring for the couple’s children. Meanwhile, “I did absolutely nothing for myself,” she said.

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Team Science: A Winning Approach to Research

In 1993, Jon R. Katzenbach and Douglas K. Smith authored The Wisdom of Teams, a collection of observations and insights into how high-performance teams can be assembled and managed. Many of the principles elaborated in the book are applicable to team science for cancer research.

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Can Molecular Analysis be Tapped to Tackle Brain Cancer?

Compared to treatment advances for other types of cancer, progress in treating brain cancer has been frustratingly slow. Still, understanding the molecular changes that drive brain cancer remains “potentially transformative,” says Paul Mischel, a cancer biologist and neuropathologist at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in San Diego.

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Honoring the Life of an Advocate

In the fall issue, Cancer Today had the honor of highlighting two women whose cancer diagnoses led them to form a powerful partnership. AnneMarie Ciccarella and Lori Marx-Rubiner met each other after attending a weekly Twitter chat under the social media hashtag #BCSM (for Breast Cancer Social Media). They formed an unbreakable bond that challenged them both—and ultimately affected many researchers.

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