Jessica Miller

Authored Items

Racial Disparity, Age Play Role in Cervical Cancer Mortality Rates in the United States

April 2017, Vol 7, No 4 - Disparities in Cancer Care

Cervical cancer mortality rates are higher in the United States than previously estimated, according to a study published in the March 2017 issue of Cancer. This risk is particularly high in older black women, reported Anna L. Beavis, MD, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD, and colleagues, who corrected the mortality rates for hysterectomy, something that has not been done previously when estimating the mortality rates for cervical cancer. [ Read More ]

New Research Explains Reasons for Latent Metastasis, Charting a Way for Novel Immunotherapies

March 2017, Vol 7, No 3 - Immunotherapy

Cancer often returns years after successful treatment, and it often metastasizes to new organs, which is known as latent metastasis. Certain cancer cells, recently labeled as latency competent cancer (LCC) cells, are capable of becoming dormant for extended periods of time, thereby evading the body’s immunity and leading to cancer recurrence in distant organs after the initial remission. [ Read More ]

The Limitations of Big Data in Cancer Care

February 2017, Vol 7, No 2 - Practice Management

There is little chance of escaping the spell that big data has cast over the healthcare industry. “Anytime you listen to any conference, just about every panel, just about every speaker at some point brings up the idea of the use of data for value based care, for value contracts, for quality measures, for new indications for drugs,” said Brad Hirsch, MD, Senior Medical Director, Flatiron Health, New York, NY, at the Sixth Annual Conference of the Association for Value-Based Cancer Care. [ Read More ]

Updated ASCO Recommendations Support Early Palliative Care in Patients with Advanced Cancers

February 2017, Vol 7, No 2 - Palliative Care

Patients with advanced cancer should receive early palliative care concurrently with active standard disease treatment, according to the updated guidelines from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), which were recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. An expert panel convened by ASCO concluded that early palliative care in patients with advanced cancers reduces depression and improves satisfaction with care and quality of life. [ Read More ]