The discrimination against nurse practitioners must stop

by CRISTINA CARBALLO-PERELMAN, MD | PHYSICIAN | JANUARY 10, 2019 I have been a neonatologist for 30-plus years. Throughout my career, nurses and neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs) have guided me, assisted me and comforted me through difficult patient care issues that arose. Even more importantly, they allowed me to leave the neonatal intensive care unit […]

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Study: Checkpoint inhibitor prolongs survival in patients with head and neck cancers

The checkpoint inhibitor pembrolizumab (Keytruda) offers patients with advanced head and neck cancers longer survival time, according to a new global study led by Yale Cancer Center (YCC). The data was published today in the journal The Lancet. The findings show overall survival was significantly improved through a phase 3 study for participants with previously untreated […]

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Beyond Five Head and Neck Podcast Series

Developed for patients, family and friends, the Beyond Five Head and Neck Cancer podcast series covers some of the most frequently asked questions for people recently diagnosed or just commencing treatment for head and neck cancer. Hosted by Julie McCrossin, radio broadcaster, journalist, former #HNC patient and Beyond Five Ambassador, the podcasts feature interviews with clinicians […]

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Content comparison of unmet needs self‐report measures used in patients with head and neck cancer: a systematic review

Chindhu Shunmuga sundaram, Claudia Rutherford, Phyllis N. Butow, Puma Sundaresan, Haryana M. Dhillon, Wiley Online Library. From the article abstract: Morbidity from head and neck cancers (HNCs) and their treatment is significant, given their proximity to anatomical sites impacting facial appearance and function. Assessing the needs of HNC patients throughout their cancer journey is critical […]

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How physics plays a role in the treatment of cancer

Leonardo Barrios, Cancer Care Parcel, 1 July 2019 There is a wide range of radiation in nature, to which we are exposed at all times, however; the use of radiation in medicine has been one of the great advances in applied basic sciences. Medical physics includes the use of ionizing radiation for medical purposes, either […]

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The experiences of people who receive swallow therapy after surgical treatment of head and neck cancer

Camilla Dawson DClinP, Jo Adams PhD, Deborah Fenlon PhD, ScienceDirect, 30 March 2019 Objective This research was initiated to explore the experiences and important elements of swallow therapy in patients after surgery for treatment of head and neck cancer (HNC). Study Design One-to-one, face-to-face interviews were conducted with patients with HNC 7 to 14 days […]

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Beyond Clinical Outcomes

Bristol-Myers Squibb UK patient experience in head and neck cancers The report is based on a survey carried out across the United Kingdom in June 2019 among 118 patients to better understand the patient experience after being diagnosed with head and neck cancer and the care that they received beyond treatment itself. The survey was […]

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Radiotherapy versus transoral robotic surgery and neck dissection for oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (ORATOR): an open-label, phase 2, randomised trial

Anthony C Nicholls, MD et al, The Lancet, 12 August 2019 Summary (only – full article requires payment) Background Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) with concurrent neck dissection has supplanted radiotherapy in the USA as the most common treatment for oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC), yet no randomised trials have compared these modalities. We aimed to […]

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The Role of Hope and Purpose in Advanced Cancer

The Thing About Cancer podcast, 10 July 2019 Expert interviewed in this episode: Dr Megan Best, Palliative Care Specialist & Researcher In this episode, the thing about advanced cancer is that so much feels out of your control and it really can make you rethink everything. How can you make sense of it all? And […]

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