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Cancer society recommends earlier colon, rectal screenings

Cancer society recommends earlier colon, rectal screenings

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 30, 2018

The American Cancer Society recommended that individuals begin colorectal cancer screening at age 45, five years earlier than previous guidelines. The change reflects a rise in colon and rectal cancer cases and deaths among adults under 50.

Shorter breast cancer treatment could hurt providers' bottom line

Shorter breast cancer treatment could hurt providers' bottom line

By Alex Kacik  |  May 17, 2018

Women who use the breast cancer drug Herceptin for six months did just as well as those who took it for a year, according to a new study that could ultimately benefit value-based providers and harm those still based on fee-for-service models.

U.S. panel leaves prostate screening up to men, their doctors

U.S. panel leaves prostate screening up to men, their doctors

By Associated Press  |  May 08, 2018

Whether to get screened for prostate cancer is a question that men ages 55 to 69 should decide themselves in consultation with their doctors, according to finalized guidance issued Tuesday by an influential panel of healthcare experts.

Immune therapy scores big win against lung cancer in study

Immune therapy scores big win against lung cancer in study

By Associated Press  |  April 16, 2018

A treatment that boosts the immune system greatly improved survival in people newly diagnosed with the most common form of lung cancer. It's the biggest win so far for immunotherapy, which has had much of its success in less common cancers.

CMS will cover DNA sequencing for Medicare cancer patients

CMS will cover DNA sequencing for Medicare cancer patients

By Maria Castellucci  |  March 16, 2018

The CMS will now cover diagnostic laboratory tests using gene sequencing technology for Medicare cancer patients. The agency said the tests can help patients and their oncologists make better treatment decisions.

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