Oncology

Using New Onset Diabetes to Predict Pancreatic Cancer

LOUIS — New-onset diabetes mellitus (NODM) in adults can be an indicator of pancreatic cancer, although the incidence remains low in that cohort. A new study sought to determine whether other factors could help determine when concerns about pancreatic cancer… Read More

Agent Orange Exposure Linked to Multiple Myeloma Precursor

NEW YORK — U.S. Air Force personnel who conducted aerial herbicide spray missions of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War had more than double the risk of monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), according to a recent report. MGUS is… Read More

Rates of BRCA Testing for Veterans Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

In 2012, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an alliance of leading cancer care centers, recommended that women with breast cancer be offered BRCA1/BRCA2 testing if they were 45 or younger or 50 or younger with a family history or an additional primary case.

Cancer Stage, Weight Loss Most Affect Lung Cancer Survival

BRONX, NY — Survival in veterans with lung cancer is more related to their percentage weight loss and stage of cancer than the subtype of lung cancer, according to a new study. Background in the article, which was published in… Read More

Comorbidities Raise Mortality Risk in Lung Cancer Patients

OMAHA, NE — Comorbid conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, or congestive heart failure raise the mortality risk for lung cancer patients compared to those without the conditions, according to a study funded by the VHA. The report,… Read More

Effect of Lung Cancer Screening on Smoking Cessation

Effect of Lung Cancer Screening on Smoking Cessation

BOSTON — Are those with high-risk smoking histories more likely to quit after participation in annual lung cancer screening? That’s the question raised by a recent study published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.1 The study, led by Massachusetts General Hospital… Read More

Electronic Triggers Speed up Follow-up for Cancer Diagnosis, Care at Houston VAMC

Electronic Triggers Speed up Follow-up for Cancer Diagnosis, Care at Houston VAMC

By Brenda L. Mooney HOUSTON — Over the last years, the VA has struggled with ways to reduce follow-up delays for patients, such as those being evaluated for cancer. Researchers at the Michael E. DeBakey VAMC and Baylor College of… Read More

Contaminated Camp Lejeune Water Associated with Higher Cancer Incidence

Contaminated Camp Lejeune Water Associated with Higher Cancer Incidence

Recent Study Finds Link to Early Onset Male Breast Cancer By Annette M. Boyle JACKSONVILLE, NC — Marines, sailors and their families who sought refreshment with a cool glass of water at Camp Lejeune got a little something extra with… Read More

Length of Colonoscopy Affects Cancer Development for Veterans

MINNEAPOLIS — How can the VA improve colorectal cancer detection and care? One answer is taking more time with a diagnostic procedure, according to a study of 76,810 veterans. Researchers from the Minneapolis VA Health Care System found that colonoscopies… Read More

VA Treatment for Colorectal, Lung Cancer Often Better than Outside Care

VA Treatment for Colorectal, Lung Cancer Often Better than Outside Care

Veterans with cancer who have dual coverage do best when they choose one system for all their healthcare and often do better when the VA is that choice.

Prostate Cancer Treatment Has Long-Term Effects

NEW YORK — The long-term impact on functional outcomes after prostate cancer treatment is substantial, with the vast majority of older patients reporting erectile dysfunction/sexual inactivity and other adverse symptoms 12 years later, according to a Swedish study. The study,… Read More

Radiation for Prostate Cancer Well Tolerated At VA

  BROOKLYN, NY — Prostate cancer patients treated at a VAMC appeared to tolerate dose-escalated radiation well, according to a recent study. Results of the research, which analyzed the long-term results of veterans treated with dose-escalated radiation therapy for prostate… Read More

VA Tops in Experience With Rare Lymphomas, Looks for More Effective Treatments

VA Tops in Experience With Rare Lymphomas, Looks for More Effective Treatments

As the healthcare system with the most experience treating older men, the VA has special expertise in treating uncommon diseases that plague them, such as peripheral T-cell lymphoma. The current challenge for clinicians is to find ways to raise the… Read More

With Prostate Cancer Diagnosed Younger, Treatment Options Under Fierce Debate

With Prostate Cancer Diagnosed Younger, Treatment Options Under Fierce Debate

Since the mid-1980s, six times as many men under 55 now are receiving prostate cancer diagnoses, and the younger patients face considerably higher mortality rates. With the stakes even greater, the debate continues on whether too much screening is being… Read More

Colon Cancer Screening Remains Low for Blacks Despite Access

LOS ANGELES — African-Americans’ participation in colorectal cancer screening is low, and the use of colonoscopy infrequent despite similar access to care in a specific Veterans Affairs healthcare system, according to a new study. The report, which appeared in GIE:… Read More

Life Expectancy for Patients Receiving Sigmoidoscopy

SAN FRANCISCO — How long does it take for the benefit of screening flexible sigmoidoscopy to accrue for colorectal cancer? A new study suggests it is most appropriate for older adults with a life expectancy greater than about 10 years.… Read More

Lottery Improves Colon Cancer Screening Rate

ANN ARBOR, MI — Rather than gambling on their health, veterans at the Philadelphia VA Healthcare System entered a lottery by agreeing to undergo colon cancer screening. Told they had a 1-in-10 chance of winning $50, patients were more likely… Read More

VA Educates Patients about Who Really Needs Testosterone Therapy

VA Educates Patients about Who Really Needs Testosterone Therapy

COLUMBIA, MO – Often spurred by advertising touting the benefits of testosterone supplementation for “low T,” veterans treated by the VA increasingly are requesting the replacement therapy.

VA Study Finds That Statins Reduce Prostate Cancer Recurrence Risk

VA Study Finds That Statins Reduce Prostate Cancer Recurrence Risk

CHAPEL HILL, NC – Physicians commonly recommend statins for veterans with high triglyceride levels.

No Higher Breast Cancer Rates Among Transgender Veterans

JOHNSON CITY, TN – Consistent with past European studies, new research from the Mountain Home VAMC suggests that transgender (TG) veterans have no higher rates of breast cancer than others. The study, published recently in the journal Breast Cancer Research… Read More