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February 10th, 2003 - Volume 25 - Issue 3
pp: 4-55

Whole-Body CT Screening: Scanning or Scamming?

Holtz, Andrew

Oncology Times. 25(3):5-8, February 10th, 2003.

The opinions of expert groups are nearly unanimous that people without symptoms or a family history or other specific risk should not get whole-body CT screening scans, because there is no evidence any benefits would outweigh the risks and costs. Yet newspapers, TV, and radio are filled with upbeat ads encouraging their use. When patients heed marketing over expert consensus, what can and should clinicians do?

Echinocandins, New Class of Antifungals, Improving Care of Immunocompromised Cancer Patients

Eastman, Peggy

Oncology Times. 25(3):12-15, February 10th, 2003.

This new class of cyclic lipopeptide drugs have a novel mechanism of action against pathogenic fungi, making it easier to treat persistent fungal infections, which have proliferated in recent years.

From Fuzzy Logic to Artificial Neural Networks, How Bioinformatics Tools Are Accelerating Cancer Drug, Detection Development

Eastman, Peggy

Oncology Times. 25(3):23-24, February 10th, 2003.

A host of sophisticated bioinformatics tools are accelerating the development of cancer drugs & detection. An update from a recent NCI workshop.

ECRI Study Fails to Prove Clinical Utility of Ductal Lavage

Eastman, Peggy

Oncology Times. 25(3):38-39, February 10th, 2003.

A new analysis from the international health technology assessment safety agency concludes there is insufficient information to reach conclusions about the clinical utility of ductal lavage, and that there is no apparent clinical benefit to screening asymptomatic women with nipple aspiration.

Skin & Colorectal Cancers Provide Models for Research on Chemoprevention

Goodman, Alice

Oncology Times. 25(3):40-44, February 10th, 2003.

Chemoprevention aimed at intraepithelial neoplasia is an area of intense study, with much research in skin and colorectal cancers. Both have precursor lesions easy to survey, and each—actinic keratoses and adenomatous polyps—are separate from surrounding normal tissues, countable, and measurable.

Can Quality Medical Education & the Highest Traditions of Patient Care Be Reconciled with Limited Resident Work Hours?

Lowenstein, By Jerome

Oncology Times. 25(3):16, February 10th, 2003.

The Director of NYU's Humanistic Aspects of Medical Education Program on the implications of the new national reduced work hours for residents, a change mandated by the ACGME that will go into effect in July, prohibiting residents from working more than 80 hours a week and more than 24 hours at a stretch.

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