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August 10th, 2003 - Volume 25 - Issue 15
pp: 4-62


Hospice Care for Poor Saves Medicaid Dollars, New Study Shows

Erikson, Jane

Oncology Times. 25(15):5-6, August 10th, 2003.

States that offer hospice care to Medicaid recipients are saving nearly $300 million a year-about $7,000 per eligible beneficiary. As one observer put it: The compassionate care provided is justification enough to ensure that the benefit be continued, but the cost reduction reinforces the value even further.

IOM Report: 60,000 Cancer Deaths Could Be Prevented Yearly with Current Knowledge

Eastman, Peggy

Oncology Times. 25(15):6-11, August 10th, 2003.

Implementation is the key, say those who worked on the new 542-page report of the Institute of Medicine, noting that it details “the gap between what we know and what we do.“

High-Dose Cranial Radiation in Childhood Raises Obesity Risk in Adulthood

Lindsey, Heather

Oncology Times. 25(15):36-37, August 10th, 2003.

Recommendation: Patients receiv-ing 20 Gy or more of cranial radio-therapy in childhood should be monitored for later cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and insulin resistance, social outcomes, and the impact of obesity on bones and metabolism.

GVHD: Earlier Detection & Intervention May Be Possible with Novel Technique Isolating Related T-Cell Clones

Goodman, Alice

Oncology Times. 25(15):38-41, August 10th, 2003.

A novel technique has the potential to identify which T-cell clones are responsible for graft-versus-host disease in stem-cell transplant recipients. Use could be helpful in diagnosing GVHD earlier. Page 38

Urinary/Rectal Complications Common after Prostate Brachytherapy

Carlson, Robert H.

Oncology Times. 25(15):12-13, August 10th, 2003.

Only recently have case data matured enough to show that treating prostate cancer with contempo-rary brachytherapy offers the same chance of suc-cess as the other curative treatment modalities. But analysis of the same cases is also showing brachy-therapy to be not nearly as benign as some have thought.

Radiofrequency Ablation Suitable for Small Kidney Tumors Detected Incidentally

Goodman, Alice

Oncology Times. 25(15):31-32, August 10th, 2003.

Such an approach is minimally invasive, avoiding the risks as well as the costs of invasive surgery, and sparing normal kidney function. The pilot study author compares the method to removing polyps in the colon.