Navigation Links
Treating oft ignored non-cancer health issues after cancer diagnosis prolongs survival
Date:12/27/2007

INDIANAPOLIS Receiving treatment for non-cancer health issues while being treated by specialists for cancer improves cancer survival rates according to a study published in the December 20 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

The study, by researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine, the Regenstrief Institute and the Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center, is the first to look at the effect of primary care on health outcomes in cancer patients.

Receiving care from a primary care physician (a general internist or family practice doctor) during cancer treatment from an oncologist appears to improve cancer survival rates, likely due to the comprehensiveness of care that is received in primary care, according to study authors Caroline Carney Doebbeling, M.D., M.Sc. and Laura Jones, Ph.D. The researchers focused on lung cancer because of the low one-year lung cancer survival rate in these patients.

We cannot afford to ignore the chronic medical conditions that most cancer patients have because treating these conditions may bring increased longevity as well as improved quality of life. Lung cancer patients are often faced with many additional health issues, such as high blood pressure, emphysema and other respiratory conditions, all of which can and should be treated, said Dr. Carney Doebbeling, associate professor of medicine and of psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a Regenstrief Institute research scientist.

When doctors think their patients have a higher risk of mortality, as they do with lung cancer, chronic disease management may be not as big a focus, said Dr. Jones, who is with the Roudebush VA Medical Centers Center of Excellence on Implementing Evidence-Based Practice and is a health services researcher.

Lack of primary care utilization in the first six months following lung cancer diagnosis had a marked effect on survival even when controlling for extent of the disease. The researchers looked at electronic medical record data of 323 male veterans diagnosed with lung cancer. The median survival rate was only 3.68 months for those without primary care utilization, but increased by a factor of more than four if the patient had at least 3 primary care visits during the first 6 months following cancer diagnosis.

Further investigation is needed to gain a better understanding of how and why primary care utilization improved outcomes in lung cancer patients. What we do know is that over 80 percent of lung cancer patients have at least one additional serious medical condition. The take home message to cancer patients is to not stop seeing your primary care doctor even if you have cancer, said Dr. Carney Doebbeling. The importance of managing the health of the whole person, not just one disease at a time, cannot be overstated.


'/>"/>
Contact: Cindy Fox Aisen
caisen@iupui.edu
317-274-7722
Indiana University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. HPV vaccine does not appear to be effective for treating pre-existing HPV infection
2. Is 4 agents decoction (Si Wu Tang) efficacious in treating primary dysmenorrhea?
3. Treating diabetes during pregnancy can break link to childhood obesity
4. Jefferson specialists studying innovative surgery for effectively treating sleep apnea
5. Treating Diabetes During Pregnancy Could Lead to Thinner Kids
6. Family-based treatment more effective than supportive psychotherapy in treating bulimia
7. Treating depression may improve recovery of heart rate variability following coronary syndromes
8. Antidepressant shows early promise in treating agitation and psychotic symptoms of dementia
9. Hospitals Improve Survival Rates While Treating Sicker Patients Thomson Healthcare Study Shows
10. Stem cells show promise for treating Huntingtons disease
11. Treating obstructive sleep apnea, preventing heart attacks and strokes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/23/2017)... ... 23, 2017 , ... Loyale Healthcare today announced ... Smith joins other recent high-profile hires including Frank Massi, Chief Revenue Officer and ... 1993, helping physician practices and hospitals automate their clinical and financial processes to ...
(Date:8/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Earlier this month, the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange ... create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange and a trusted advisor to the U.S. Department ... featured keynote addresses by Donald W. Rucker, MD, head of the Office of the ...
(Date:8/23/2017)... ... August 23, 2017 , ... CEFEX, the Centre for Fiduciary ... standards representing best practices in the retirement plan industry. The independent CEFEX Investment ... to verify that NFP’s retirement division focuses on putting clients’ interests first and ...
(Date:8/23/2017)... , ... August 23, 2017 , ... Nightingale College continues ... Give Back Day is a time Nightingale College dedicates to serving and volunteering for ... thrive on donations and volunteers or those that need a little extra help. ...
(Date:8/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... August 23, 2017 , ... ... traveling medical professionals, recently launched a new website, http://www.cirrusmedicalstaffing.com . The new ... respond to the needs of healthcare professionals who are traveling on short-term assignments ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/1/2017)... CerSci Therapeutics , a non-opioid drug development firm based ... notice from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) ... has been awarded a Direct-to-Phase II Small Business Innovation ... an additional $1,000,000 to follow in 2018. These funds ... lead non-opioid drug candidate CT-044 to the Food and ...
(Date:7/31/2017)... , July 31, 2017 Three Tru-D SmartUVC ... South Korea . Tru-D, short for "Total Room Ultraviolet ... operating rooms after an environmental services (ES) professional cleans the area with ... ... "Although the BAACH ...
(Date:7/28/2017)... Inc. ("Hill-Rom") (NYSE: HRC), today announced financial results for ... updated its financial outlook for fiscal 2017. ... quarter, Hill-Rom reported earnings of $0.09 per diluted share ... period. These results reflect after-tax special items, including a ... the non-cash write-down of assets associated with the planned ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: