Oncology

Increasing Cancer Treatment Delays Have Plagued VAMCs for Nearly a Decade

Increasing Cancer Treatment Delays Have Plagued VAMCs for Nearly a Decade

Some Long Wait Times Attributable to Treatment Modalities by Annette M. Boyle CHICAGO – The news media frenzy of the last six months might suggest otherwise, but concerns about delays in treatment for veterans are nothing new at the VA,… Read More

Montana Nurse Manager Introduced ‘Navigator’ to Guide Patients Through VA Care

Montana Nurse Manager Introduced ‘Navigator’ to Guide Patients Through VA Care

By Steve Lewis FORT HARRISON, MT – As a cancer survivor herself and with two sisters who are cancer patients, Debera Charlton, RN, was acutely aware of the benefits of having a nurse navigator.“The nurse navigator is used widely in the… Read More

June 2014 Focus

In this Issue: Focus on PTSD/TBI Brain Injury from Blasts Possible Without TBI Symptoms VA/Court Partnerships Seek to Keep Troubled Veterans Out of Jail Pharmacy Update TRICARE Limits on Use of Community Pharmacies Creates Firestorm Pain Clinical Consult Chronic Pain… Read More

May 2014 Focus

In this Issue: Focus on Women’s Health New Mothers May Need Training to Pass Postpartum Military Fitness Test Gene Sequencing Helps Target Therapies for Metastatic Breast Cancer Pharmacy Update Consolidated Pharmacy Services in Military to Save $2B by 2019 Osteoarthritis… Read More

April 2014 Focus

In this Issue: News Update Intensive BP-Lowering Didn’t Affect Cognitive Function in Diabetes Focus on Men’s Health New Study: Are ‘Low T’ Guidelines Followed in VA? Prostate Cancer Recurrence Risk Rises 50% with Elevated Glucose Levels Pharmacy Update VA’s Mail-Order… Read More

New Cervical Cancer Indication Approved for Avastin

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA – A new use has been approved for bevacizumab, marketed as Avastin, to treat patients with persistent, recurrent or metastatic cervical cancer. The new indication for Avastin, which interferes with the blood vessels that fuel the… Read More

Psychological Distress Affects Prostate Cancer Screening

BOSTON – As the debate continues about the benefit of routine prostate cancer screening, a new VA study raises a new concern: the role of psychological distress in the process. The study, led by researchers from the VA Boston Healthcare… Read More

Statins Reduce Recurrence after Prostate Cancer Surgery

DURHAM, NC – Patients should be prescribed statins after prostate cancer surgery, according to the authors of a new retrospective analysis which finds that men whobegin taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs after radical prostatectomy are less likely to have a recurrence… Read More

Prostate Cancer More Aggressive in Younger Men

ANN ARBOR, MI – Prostate cancer diagnoses are on the increase in younger men, and a new analysis suggested that the disease is typically more aggressive in those cases. The study, conducted by researchers from the Ann Arbor, MI, VAMC,… Read More

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

Military Nurse-Researcher Learned New Field to Help PTSD Patients

By Steve Lewis Spending much of her career as an oncology nurse, Stacey Young-McCaughan, RN, PhD, a retired Army colonel and professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine, was a little unsure… Read More

Advisory Group: Exposures, Not Stress Caused Gulf War Illness

Advisory Group: Exposures, Not Stress Caused Gulf War Illness

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – Exposures to pesticides and pyridostigmine bromide are causally associated with Gulf War illness, according to a new report which also said evidence continues to demonstrate that Gulf War illness is not the result of psychological… Read More

Cyramza Receives Fast-Track Approval for Advanced Stomach Cancer

INDIANAPOLIS – A new therapy has received fast-track approval for treatment of advanced stomach cancer. The Food and Drug Administration has approved Cyramza (ramucirumab) to treat patients with gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma. Cyramza, marketed by Eli Lilly of Indianapolis, is an… 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

Military Nurse-Researcher Learned New Field to Help PTSD Patients

Military Nurse-Researcher Learned New Field to Help PTSD Patients

By Steve Lewis LLANO, TX – Spending much of her career as an oncology nurse, Stacey Young-McCaughan, RN, PhD, a retired Army colonel and professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine, was… Read More

2014 Compendium of Federal Medicine Introduction

2014 Compendium of Federal Medicine Introduction

Until my father enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942, he lived in Brooklyn, NY. That changed after serving honorably in Europe during World War II.

As soon as he disembarked from the troop ship, he telephoned a woman he met while in training at Camp (now Fort) Stewart, GA. Within hours, he was hitchhiking to Vidalia, GA, to propose marriage to the woman, who became his wife and the mother of my two sisters and me.

Dermatology Mobile Technology Burgeons; VA Has New App on Drawing Board

Dermatology Mobile Technology Burgeons; VA Has New App on Drawing Board

More than 200 mobile applications dealing with dermatology are now available, dealing with issues ranging from rosacea to skin cancer, according to VA researchers. How safe and useful are they, and how soon will the technology be incorporated into VA… 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

VA Care Delays Implicated in Veteran Fatalities; Lawmakers Express Anger

VA Care Delays Implicated in Veteran Fatalities; Lawmakers Express Anger

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Veterans have died from delayed or never delivered medical care at VA facilities, according to lawmakers who accused the agency of not addressing the problems in a transparent way. “When errors do occur, and they… Read More