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What's Ahead for Health Reform in 2018?

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THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 – The Republican Party's quest to undo the Affordable Care Act – either by replacing it, repealing it or letting it fail – is creating enormous uncertainty for millions of Americans who buy their own health insurance. Senate Republicans huddled again Wednesday night to discuss a path forward on health care after several doomed attempts to move bills to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare. Aiming to finally resolve the issue, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he'll force a vote on proposed legislation early next week. Meanwhile, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday that the latest Republican health care bill would leave an additional 22 million Americans without insurance by 2026. Also Thursday, Politico reported that the Trump administration has ended two contracts to help people sign up for ... Read more

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Sen. John McCain Has Brain Cancer

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THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 – Sen. John McCain, a respected longtime lawmaker, former prisoner of war and the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, has been diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer. A statement released by McCain's office Wednesday night said the cancer, known as a glioblastoma, was discovered after a procedure to remove a blood clot above his left eye last week at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. "Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot," the statement said. "Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation." McCain, 80, who has represented Arizona in the Senate since 1986, is known for his independent nature. He was a former Navy pilot who was captured, tortured and held for more than 5 years as a prisoner during the Vietnam War. "Senator John McCain has always ... Read more

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Insured, But Still Barred From Top-Tier Cancer Centers

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THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 – Choosing a cheaper health plan could cost you access to cream-of-the-crop cancer doctors and facilities, a new study reports. Less-expensive "narrow network" health plans are much less likely to cover treatment by doctors at centers affiliated with the U.S. National Cancer Institute, said study lead author Laura Yasaitis. "We found that the narrower networks were more likely to systematically exclude NCI-affiliated physicians," said Yasaitis, a postdoctoral researcher with the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. "The oncologists they included in their networks were about half as likely to be NCI-affiliated as those they excluded." NCI-Designated Cancer Centers are the nation's top-flight facilities for cancer care, and studies have shown that patients treated at these centers tend to have better outcomes, Yasaitis said. Access to these centers is ... Read more

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More Patients OK'd for Cancer Trials Under Obamacare: Study

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THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 – The Affordable Care Act has enabled more privately insured patients to enroll in clinical trials for new cancer treatments, a new study contends. Speedy approvals are important for patients who want to participate in clinical trials, said study author Dr. David Hong. He's deputy chair of investigational cancer therapeutics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Since 2000, Medicare, the publicly funded insurance program for seniors, has covered routine costs of clinical trial participation. But coverage for patients with private insurance differed by insurer and state, the researchers noted. Under the ACA, or Obamacare, however, private insurers had to cover "standard of care" costs of clinical trial participation as of 2014. For this study, the researchers analyzed more than 2,400 patient referrals to the Clinical Center for Targeted Therapy at ... Read more

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Senator McCain Faces a Tough Cancer Foe

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THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 – Sen. John McCain faces an uphill battle fighting the aggressive cancer discovered in his brain last week, experts say. The cancer, glioblastoma, is the most common malignant tumor that originates in brain cells, as opposed to cancers that spread to the brain from elsewhere in the body, said Dr. Manmeet Ahluwalia, dean of the Cleveland Clinic's Rose Ella Burkhardt Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center. But it's a very tough cancer to treat. Glioblastoma is difficult to surgically remove, resists attempts to kill it with radiation and chemotherapy, and nearly always comes back, cancer experts said. "The tumor many times responds to treatment initially but it tends to grow back," said Dr. Kurt Jaeckle, a neuro-oncologist and co-director of the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center at Overlook Medical Center's Atlantic Neuroscience Institute in New Jersey. "It's ... Read more

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Many Terminal Cancer Patients Remain in Denial

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WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 – Nearly 10 percent of patients with terminal cancer don't want to know they're dying, which can make their final days more difficult, a new study finds. Unwillingness to face poor prospects can lead to unnecessary treatments and keep patients from making end-of-life plans, the researchers reported recently in The Oncologist. "Health care professionals should appropriately assess patients' readiness for prognostic information," said study leader Siew-Tzuh Tang, a professor at Chang Gung University School of Nursing in Taiwan. Doctors should respect patients' reluctance to confront their poor prognosis if they are not ready to know, "but sensitively coach them to cultivate their accurate prognostic awareness," Tang said in a journal news release. The study involved nearly 250 terminal cancer patients in Taiwan. They were questioned several times over their last ... Read more

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Doctors' Group Offers Ideas for Easing Cancer Costs

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WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 – New cancer drugs routinely cost $100,000 a year or more, and older cancer drugs are rising in price, too. Now, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has some suggestions for easing patients' money woes. The proposals include allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices, legalizing the importation of drugs, and adopting bundled, or group, payment programs. In the new policy statement, ASCO also says it supports creation of a panel of "stakeholders" in health care to determine the effectiveness of its proposals. Such a group might also outline a uniform approach for assessing the value of drugs. "In what, undoubtedly, is one of the most difficult times in their lives, individuals with cancer should be focused on getting the best care possible, not worrying about financial strain on their families," said Dr. Clifford Hudis. He's CEO of ASCO, a leading ... Read more

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Health Bill Flatlining as 2 More GOP Senators Defect

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MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – Two more Republican senators announced Monday night their opposition to the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The announcement, by Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas, effectively kills – at least for now – the Republican Party's seven-year effort to get rid of Obamacare, the health reform law that was the signature domestic achievement of President Barack Obama's administration. Both senators said they could not support Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's proposed legislation as currently written. They joined GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky, both of whom said last Thursday that they could not support the bill either. Those GOP defections leave McConnell at least two votes short of winning passage of the bill that was drafted behind closed doors, with no input from Democrats. Moran said McConnell's bill ... Read more

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FDA Approves Nerlynx (neratinib) to Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer Returning

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July 17, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Nerlynx (neratinib) for the extended adjuvant treatment of early-stage, HER2-positive breast cancer. For patients with this type of cancer, Nerlynx is the first extended adjuvant therapy, a form of therapy that is taken after an initial treatment to further lower the risk of the cancer coming back. Nerlynx is indicated for adult patients who have been previously treated with a regimen that includes the drug trastuzumab. “HER2-positive breast cancers are aggressive tumors and can spread to other parts of the body, making adjuvant therapy an important part of the treatment plan,” said Richard Pazdur, M.D., director of the FDA’s Oncology Center of Excellence and acting director of the Office of Hematology and Oncology Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Now, these patients have an option after ... Read more

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Revised Senate Bill Would Allow Bare-Bones Health Plans

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THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 – Navigating a thin line between compromise and gridlock, Senate GOP leaders on Thursday released a revised blueprint for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. The latest version includes a controversial provision offered by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would allow insurers to sell bare-bones health plans ("catastrophic care") as long as they also offer a plan that meets the minimum requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Proponents of the Cruz amendment claim it expands consumer choice. But critics believe it would further destabilize the individual insurance marketplace because if healthier people opted for the less-comprehensive coverage, it would drive up premiums for everyone else. The draft bill also includes $132 billion over eight years to help states lower premiums for low-income, high-cost individuals, and there's an additional $70 ... Read more

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Are Big Men More Prone to Aggressive Prostate Cancer?

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THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 – The larger a man, the greater his risk of getting and dying from aggressive prostate cancer, a new study suggests. Every additional 4 inches of height increased a man's chances of being diagnosed with high-risk prostate cancer by 21 percent, and their odds of dying from prostate cancer by 17 percent, researchers found. The same held true regarding the size of a man's waist. Every 4-inch increase in waist circumference increased the odds of developing aggressive prostate cancer by 13 percent and the risk of dying from prostate cancer by 18 percent. "I definitely think these results encourage men to have a healthy weight, and to have more public health policies that prevent obesity," said lead researcher Aurora Perez-Cornago, a nutritional epidemiologist with the University of Oxford in England. Perez-Cornago and her colleagues came to their conclusions based on ... Read more

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FDA Panel OKs What May Soon Be First Gene Therapy Approved in U.S.

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WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 – A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Wednesday gave unanimous approval to what could soon be the first gene therapy to be marketed in the United States. The treatment, called CTL019, genetically tweaks a patient's own immune system cells into what scientists call "a living drug" to battle a form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), The New York Times reported. The FDA's probable acceptance of such a strong recommendation may open a new era of gene-based medicines, which have for so long held only promise against a range of diseases. "When fully commercialized, this [CTL019] therapy will no doubt save the lives of many children and young adults who have had no other effective therapy for relapsed and refractory B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia [ALL]," said Dr. John Maris, a pediatric oncologist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. ... Read more

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For Holocaust Survivors, Raised Risk of Cancer

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MONDAY, July 10, 2017 – Holocaust survivors face an increased risk for cancer, a new study finds. The study included more than 152,600 survivors of the World War II genocide who were followed for more than 45 years. The researchers compared whether these survivors received compensation for their suffering and whether they were born in Nazi-occupied countries. Cancer was diagnosed in 22 percent of compensated survivors and 16 percent of the others, the findings showed. Compensated survivors were 6 percent more likely to develop any type of cancer; 12 percent more likely to have colorectal cancer; and 37 percent more likely to have lung cancer. In addition, the investigators found that people born in occupied countries had an 8 percent higher cancer risk. Their risk of colorectal cancer was also 8 percent higher, and their risk of lung cancer was 12 percent higher. Female holocaust ... Read more

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Most Medicaid Recipients Happy With Their Health Care: Survey

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MONDAY, July 10, 2017 – As Senate Republicans look to slash Medicaid spending over the next decade, a new national survey illustrates just how popular the government health insurance program is. Not only are Medicaid enrollees largely satisfied with their health care, but most are able to access the care they need when they need it, the survey showed. "Our findings reinforce that large proposed cuts to Medicaid could endanger insurance coverage that is largely filling enrollees' needs," said study co-author Dr. Michael Barnett. He is an assistant professor of health policy and management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. Medicaid serves some 75 million low-income and disabled Americans. According to the survey, Medicaid enrollees rated their overall health care at 7.9, on average, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the "best possible" care. Eighty-four percent ... Read more

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More U.S. Patients Are Recording Their Doctor Visits

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MONDAY, July 10, 2017 – Smartphones are capturing all of life's moments, and doctor visits are no exception. At least 1 in 10 U.S. patients now records discussions at medical appointments, researchers said. But do they have the right to do so? The legality of these taped visits depends on where you live, said investigators from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. "In the U.S., the situation is complex," said professor and senior scientist Dr. Glyn Elwyn. "Wiretapping or eavesdropping statutes provide the primary legal framework guiding recording practices and protecting privacy, so a patient who would like to record a doctor's visit should familiarize themselves with laws in their state," Elwyn said. There are two main differences between state wiretapping laws, Elwyn and his colleagues said in a new report. In "all-party" states, recordings made by doctors ... Read more

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