Category: Oncology

Statins Reduce Barrett’s Esophagus; Cancer Precursor Affects About 10% of Veterans

Statins Reduce Barrett’s Esophagus; Cancer Precursor Affects About 10% of Veterans

By Annette M. Boyle BETHESDA, MD – Veterans on statins have another good reason to continue to take their medication, according to new research. Statins not only reduce cholesterol, combat cardiovascular disease and potentially reduce the risk of prostate cancer,… Read More

Repeat Colonoscopy Recommendations Usually Meet Guidelines

ANN ARBOR, MI – Physician endoscopists’ recommendations for timing of surveillance colonoscopy in average-risk patients with one to two small polyps are consistent with guideline recommendations in about 90% of cases, according to a new study. The study, which was… Read More

Rare Lymphoma Challenges VA Clinicians from Diagnosis to Treatment

Rare Lymphoma Challenges VA Clinicians from Diagnosis to Treatment

An estimated 5-10% of all cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) diagnosed each year occurs in veterans treated by the VA. The cancer, classified as presumptively caused by Agent Orange exposure, is notoriously difficult to diagnose and often tricky to treat. That… Read More

Gene Sequencing Helps Target Therapies for Metastatic Breast Cancer

Gene Sequencing Helps Target Therapies for Metastatic Breast Cancer

By Annette M. Boyle DURHAM, NC — Women initially diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer have only a 23% overall five-year survival rate — and will spend most of their lives battling their cancer with a series of chemotherapies that might… Read More

Prostate Cancer Recurrence Risk Rises 50% with Elevated Glucose Levels

Prostate Cancer Recurrence Risk Rises 50% with Elevated Glucose Levels

By Annette M. Boyle SEATTLE — Obesity is clearly associated with poor outcomes in patients with prostate cancer, according to past research, but the reason why has remained elusive. Now a new study suggests the real culprit might be hyperglycemia,… Read More

Agent Orange Exposure Appears to Double Risk of Invasive Skin Cancer

Agent Orange Exposure Appears to Double Risk of Invasive Skin Cancer

HOUSTON — Even four decades later, veterans exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War have twice the risk of developing unusually invasive nonmelanotic skin cancers compared with the general population, according to a recent study.

Metformin Doesn’t Decrease Bladder Cancer in Diabetes Patients

By Brenda L. Mooney PHILADELPHIA – Use of metformin does not decrease the incidence of bladder cancer in patients with diabetes, according to a study looking at new users of drug therapies. The study, published recently in Diabetes Care, found… Read More

In-House Breast-Conserving Surgery Lower in VHA Facilities

TAMPA, FL — Looking just at procedures performed in house, rates of breast-conserving surgery (BCS) are much lower at the VHA than in the private sector, according to a new study led by researchers from the James A. Haley Veterans’… Read More

Minority Partners Might Need More Support in Breast Cancer Decisions

MINNEAPOLIS — Nurses should pay attention to making sure that racial and ethnic minority partners should receive decision support to make sure they are sufficiently involved in decision making about breast cancer treatment, according to a new study led by… Read More

Breast Cancer Rates Stable for Female Servicemembers

SILVER SPRING, MD — Although rates of breast cancer among U.S. female active-duty servicemembers have fluctuated slightly during the past 12 years, they also have remained fairly stable, according to a new study published in Medical Surveillance Monthly Report, a… Read More

VA Provides Racially Equitable Lung Cancer Care

DURHAM, NC –  The VA healthcare system is providing racially equitable care in terms of time to initiation of treatment and referral to supportive care for lung cancer patients, according to a new analysis.1 Researchers from the Center of Excellence… Read More

Veterans Overwhelmingly Want Lung Cancer Screening

CHARLESTON, SC – Nearly all surveyed veterans said they would be interested in being scanned for lung cancer and would willingly undergo surgery if the disease were diagnosed, according to a study published recently in the journal Chest. With lung… Read More

Low Radiation Scans Detect Very Early Lung Cancer

PHILADELPHIA – Low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) can be extremely valuable for identifying tiny lung nodules which can indicate the earliest stages of lung cancer, according to a study of veterans at high risk of the disease.1 The study, presented this… Read More

VA Patients’ Special Challenges Often Reduce Glioblastoma Survival

By Annette M. Boyle David Cory Adamson, MD ATLANTA — Because of unique challenges faced by many veterans treated at VA, their median survival rate with Stage IV glioblastoma multiforme is half that reported by the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillancel Epidemiology… Read More

Colorectal Cancer Procedure Wait Times: Deadly Delays or Just Good Medicine?

Martin D. McCarter, MD By Annette M. Boyle DENVER — Are increased wait times at the VA for colorectal cancer procedures because patients are receiving more appropriate care, or are they simply dangerous delays that could be deadly for some… Read More

Fast-Tracking VA Liver Cancer Patients: Interarterial Therapy Up Tenfold in Chicago

Ramona Gupta, MD By Annette M. Boyle CHICAGO — At the Jesse Brown VAMC in Chicago, a multidisciplinary team approach to evaluating and treating veterans with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has reduced wait times for treatment and dramatically improved care to… Read More

Differences in Prostate Cancer Treatment Outcomes Diminish Over Time

NASHVILLE, TN – Outcomes between treating prostate cancer with surgery compared to radiation no longer were significant after 15 years of initial treatment, according to a new study. A recent report of a study comparing outcomes among prostate cancer patients… Read More

Agent Orange Increases Lethal Prostate Cancer Risk

PORTLAND, OR – Exposure to Agent Orange doesn’t increase the risk of all types of prostate cancer among veterans exposed to the chemicals during the Vietnam era, only making more likely that patients will develop the more lethal form of… Read More

Watchful Waiting for Prostate Cancer Increases Only at VA

SAN DIEGO, CA – While the use of expectant management (EM) as a treatment course for prostate cancer did not increase in the United States overall in the last decade, active surveillance – also known as “watchful waiting” – went… Read More

Veterans’ Study: Many Cancers, Chemotherapy Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

By Annette M. Boyle Jane A. Driver, MD, MPH BOSTON – A study involving more than three million veterans has found an intriguing inverse relationship between two dreaded diseases: cancer and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). New research from the Boston VAMC… Read More