Increased COVID-19 Risk in Patients With Cancer

Patients with cancer are at increased risk of infection with severe adult respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes COVID-19, according to a medical records review of patients with cancer at a hospital in Wuhan, China."Patients with cancer from the epicenter of a viral epidemic harbored a higher risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection… compared with the community. However, fewer than half of these infected patients were undergoing active treatment for their cancers," note the investigat...
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Advanced Esophageal Cancer: High Risk of Venous Thromboembolic Events During Preoperative Therapy

An exploratory analysis of data from a phase 3 trial observed a high incidence of venous thromboembolic events (VTEs) in patients with locally advanced resectable esophageal cancer undergoing preoperative chemotherapy and chemoradiotherapy, especially in patients with adenocarcinoma.The occurrence of VTEs, including deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolus, can negatively impact the clinical outcomes of patients receiving cancer treatment, reducing quality of life and increasing the risk of mo...
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Body Image Dissatisfaction in Patients With Primary Brain Tumors

A new study reports that nearly a third of patients with primary brain tumors experience clinically significant body image dissatisfaction, which can negatively impact their quality of life and psychosocial well-being.Body image—a concept consisting of cognitive, emotional, and relational elements derived from one's physical appearance—plays an important role in an individual's self-esteem, relationships, and outlook on life. Due to the physical impacts of treatment, patients with cancer face an...
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Exercise Improves Quality of Life in African American Cancer Survivors

Research has shown exercise is crucial to improve cancer outcomes in survivors. The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that cancer survivors should exercise for at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week. Unfortunately, many cancer survivors do not meet these recommendations. In particular, preliminary research suggests African American cancer survivors engage in lower levels of physical activity, and they have a higher likelihood of dying from their disease th...
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Acupuncture and Acupressure Shown to Relieve Cancer Pain

Acupuncture and acupressure for cancer pain are associated with decreased pain and reduced use of analgesics, according to a meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials now published in JAMA Oncology.Over 70% of patients with cancer experience pain. For almost half of these patients, that pain is not sufficiently controlled. Pharmacologic interventions can provide effective pain relief, but they can have adverse effects, and the use of opioids poses a substantial risk of addiction. In light of t...
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