Cancer is considered a collection of related diseases in which some of the body’s cells begin to divide without stopping and spread into surrounding tissues. Malfunctioning genes trigger the formation of cancer cells, and those malfunctions may be inherited, or may arise as a result of damage to DNA caused by certain environmental exposures—including chemicals or ultraviolet radiation. VA conducts cancer research to help better understand how Veterans’ deployments may expose them to environmental cancer triggers, and or how lifestyle choices known to cause cancer—such as tobacco use—may disproportionately impact them.
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(5 of more than 2698 CANCER focused publications)
- Gunn CM, Bokhour B, Parker VA, Parker PA, Blakeslee S, Bandos H, Holmberg C. Exploring Explanatory Models of Risk in Breast Cancer Risk Counseling Discussions: NSABP/NRG Oncology Decision-Making Project 1. Cancer nursing. 2019 Jan 1; 42(1):3-11.
- Jhamb M, Abdel-Kader K, Yabes J, Wang Y, Weisbord SD, Unruh M, Steel JL. Comparison of fatigue, pain and depression in patients with advanced kidney disease and cancer - symptom burden and clusters. Journal of pain and symptom management. 2018 Dec 12.
- Sitlinger A, Shelby RA, Van Denburg AN, White H, Edmond SN, Marcom PK, Bosworth HB, Keefe FJ, Kimmick GG. Higher symptom burden is associated with lower function in women taking adjuvant endocrine therapy for breast cancer. Journal of geriatric oncology. 2018 Dec 12.
- Berkowitz C, Allen DH, Tenhover J, Zullig LL, Ragsdale J, Fischer JE, Pollak KI, Koontz BF. Knowledge and Preferences of Primary Care Providers in Delivering Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Care. Journal of Cancer Education : The Official Journal of The American Association For Cancer Education. 2018 Dec 1; 33(6):1323-1327.
- Iaccarino JM, Steiling KA, Wiener RS. Lung Cancer Screening in a Safety-Net Hospital: Implications of Screening a Real-World Population versus the National Lung Screening Trial. Annals of the American Thoracic Society. 2018 Dec 1; 15(12):1493-1495.
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(5 of more than 81 CANCER focused publication briefs)
- Men Using VA More Likely to Receive Appropriate Prostate Cancer Imaging Tests Compared to Those Using Medicare
This study sought to assess the association between the quality of healthcare within VA vs. Medicare, by comparing rates of guideline-concordant and guideline-discordant staging imaging among patients with newly diagnosed prostate cancer utilizing VA services only, Medicare only, or a combination of the two. Findings showed that among men with low-risk prostate cancer, the VA-only and VA-Medicare ...
Date: August 17, 2018
- Increase in Conservative Management of Veterans with Low-Risk Prostate Cancer Suggests Reduction in Over-Treatment
Investigators assessed utilization of conservative management among Veterans by examining treatment patterns for Veterans diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer. Untreated Veterans were classified as receiving conservative management through either active surveillance (> 2 PSAs and 1 biopsy within 2 years after diagnosis) or watchful waiting. Findings showed that utilization of conservative manag...
Date: June 5, 2018
- VA’s Lower Intensity Treatment of Kidney Failure – Compared to Medicare – Does Not Result in Associated Increased Mortality
This study compared the initiation of dialysis and mortality among Veterans ages 67 and older with incident kidney failure who received pre-end-stage renal disease (ESRD) care in fee-for-service Medicare vs. VA between January 2008 and December 2011. Findings showed that Veterans who received pre-ESRD nephrology care in Medicare received dialysis more often than Veterans who received VA care (82% ...
Date: April 9, 2018
- Evidence Review Identifies Modest Mortality Disparities among Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups in VA Healthcare
To support VA’s efforts to better understand the scale and determinants of disparities in racial and ethnic mortality – and to develop interventions to reduce disparities, investigators from the VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) Coordinating Center in Portland, OR conducted an evidence review of mortality disparities specific to VA. Findings showed that although VA’s equal access healthcar...
Date: March 1, 2018
- Veterans with Cancer Received Higher Quality, Lower Intensity End-of Life Care in VA Compared to Medicare
This study evaluated the quality of end-of-life cancer care provided by Fee-for-Service (FFS) Medicare and VA, using well-accepted quality-of-care metrics. Findings showed that Veterans treated under FFS Medicare were more likely to get unduly intensive healthcare at end-of-life compared to those treated by VA. For example, Medicare-reliant Veterans were significantly more likely to receive chemot...
Date: January 1, 2018
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( 5 of more than 75 CANCER focused projects
|| Imaging Surveillance After Lung Cancer Treatment
||Backhus , Leah
|| Establishing the Quality of Surgical Care among VA Patients with Kidney Cancer
||Abouassaly , Robert
|| Promoting Smoking Cessation in Lung Cancer Screening through Proactive Treatment
||Zeliadt , Steven
|| Prevalence, Risk Factors and Outcomes of Post-colonoscopy Colorectal Cancer in Veterans
|| Cancer Care Coordination
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