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2018 Compendium of Federal Medicine

New Agents Extend Options for Increased Survival in Metastatic Prostate Cancer

Accounting for nearly a third of all cancer diagnoses, prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in the VHA, where past research has suggested that the malignancy is caught earlier than in other healthcare systems.

2018 Compendium of Federal Medicine

Personalized Medicine Brightens Outlook for Most Common Kidney Cancer

In the past five years, 10 new system therapies have been approved for renal cell carcinoma (RCC), the most common type of kidney cancer.

2018 Compendium of Federal Medicine

Targeted Therapies Transform RCC Treatment Over Last Decade

In the last decade, the development of multiple molecular-targeted therapies has dramatically altered the treatment landscape for advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC).

2018 Compendium of Federal Medicine

VA Mental Health Experts Urge Intensive Pre-Enlistment Schizophrenia Screening

The most common age for diagnosis of schizophrenia is late teens to early 30s.

2018 Compendium of Federal Medicine

Preventing, Treating Diabetic Foot Ulcers Are Complex Challenges at VA

Some of the risks of diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are well-known, including infection and, in the most severe cases, amputation.

2018 Compendium of Federal Medicine

Liver Cancer Continues to Rise, Even as VA Declares Victory Over HCV Infection

In March, then-VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, announced at the annual Wharton Health Care Business Conference that the VA will have eliminated hepatitis C infections among all patients willing and able to be treated by next spring.

2018 Compendium of Federal Medicine

MS in Gulf War Veterans: Zeroing-In on Types, Disability Levels

While veterans serving in the military during the Gulf War era (GWE) appear to have higher risk for multiple sclerosis and a range of neurological illnesses, little has been documented previously on prevalent types of MS or other clinical features.

2018 Compendium of Federal Medicine

Undertreatment of Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer Treatment, Despite Guidelines

While many other cancers have seen dramatic improvement in outcomes in the past 20 years, pancreatic cancer remains one of the deadliest malignancies, regardless of stage at diagnosis, with an overall five-year survival rate of only 8%, according to the American Cancer Society.

2018 Compendium of Federal Medicine

Amid Concerns, VA Says It Is ‘Turning a Corner’ on Cybersecurity

The management and upkeep of information technology structures has historically been a challenge for federal agencies.

2018 Compendium of Federal Medicine

Evidence of CV Benefit Influences Diabetes Treatment Recommendations

In a significant change, the American Diabetes Association’s 2018 guidelines advocate use of a glucose-lowering agent with proven cardiovascular benefit or mortality reduction in patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and co-morbid cardiovascular disease.

2018 Compendium of Federal Medicine

Diabetes Prevalence Higher Among Veterans Than General Population

Overall prevalence of diabetes was 20% for the general U.S. population but nearly 25% for veterans, according to a recent study using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

2018 Compendium of Federal Medicine

Continuous Glucose Monitoring Highly Effective But Underused in Diabetes

Recent clinical studies have documented why continuous glucose monitors (CGM) can offer significant benefits to patients diagnosed with diabetes.

2018 Compendium of Federal Medicine

DHA Adds New Weapons in the Military’s War on Obesity in Servicemembers

This spring, DoD took direct steps to counter a significant impediment to mission readiness—excessive weight among servicemembers.

2018 Compendium of Federal Medicine

VA Leads the Way in Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction

According to a report from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 42,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose in 2016—five times higher than only seven years prior—and current CDC data shows little evidence that those numbers are any lower for 2017.

2018 Compendium of Federal Medicine

Among Veterans, Women as Likely as Men to Have Substance Abuse

Childhood adversity increases risk for alcohol and drug disorders for veterans, and, unlike in the civilian population, veteran women are as likely as men to have those types of problems.

2018 Compendium of Federal Medicine

CTCL 6-10 Times More Common in Veterans; Agent Orange a Factor New Therapies Raise Optimism about Treatment

Chances are, if you haven’t trained or practiced at the VA, you haven’t seen cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL), a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

2018 Compendium of Federal Medicine

New Therapy Options Recently Approved for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

While the availability of novel therapies is making the future brighter for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) patients, new treatments also are coming on line for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which is a hematological cancer distinct from NHL.

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