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PhD thesis: ‘Impact of diabetes and cancer on treatment and mortality'
The number of patients with type 2 diabetes and cancer is increasing. In the past 15 years the number of patients with both diseases even doubled in the Netherlands. This formed the basis for the PhD thesis of Marjolein Zanders (IKNL) ‘Diabetes and cancer - a dangerous liaison?', which she defended on February 6th 2015 at Tilburg University. Cancer patients with diabetes seem to have a higher over...
Impact of cancer on adherence to glucose-lowering drug treatment
Patients taking glucose-lowering drugs for the treatment of diabetes tend to take those drugs less faithfully after diagnosis of cancer. Why these patients are less adherence to their glucose-lowering drugs is not clear and should be further explored. Marjolein Zanders (IKNL) and colleagues hypothesize in a publication in Diabetologia that the fight against cancer of these patients could be more i...
Comorbidity in patients with SCLC: trends and prognostic impact
In the southern part of the Netherlands comorbidity among patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is very common and has been increasing from 55% in 1995-1998 to 76% in 2011-2012. In patients with limited-stage disease this development led to a slightly increased risk of death, regardless of the treatment. In patients with advanced-stage of SCLC the presence of comorbidity had an impact on the...
Identifying metastatic colorectal cancer for curative therapy important
About one fifth of colorectal cancer patients developed metachronous metastases. Patients with advanced stage and with tumours in the descending colon or in the rectum were more likely to develop metachronous metastases. Patients who underwent curative treatment for their metastases have a better prognosis compared to non-curatively treated patients. Therefore, focus should be on identifying more ...
Physical activity is positively associated with QoL among survivors
Physical activity has a substantial positive effect on the health-related quality of life of colorectal cancer survivors and this association is consistent over time. Husson and colleagues underline the importance to focus upon training in the care of colorectal cancer survivors even long-term after diagnosis. The present study aims to examine the longitudinal relation between physical activity (P...
Low health literacy has a negative impact on health-related QoL
Colorectal cancer survivors categorized as low health literate are more often smokers and do not meet physical activity guidelines more often compared to survivors categorized with high and medium levels of health literacy. Colorectal cancer survivors with a low level of health literacy have a lower health-related quality of life and higher distress levels compared to survivors with a high or medi...
Cancer-related fatigue: more attention needed for long-term survivors
Significantly more cancer survivors feel fatigued in comparison with a normative population. Levels of fatigue vary depending on cancer type, time since diagnosis, age, gender, treatment with chemotherapy, number of comorbid conditions, educational level and partnership. According to Husson and colleagues appropriate information about, assessment of, and interventions for fatigue are needed durin...
Great increase in bowel cancer in the Netherlands in 2014
In 2014, 15,000 people in the Netherlands developed bowel cancer: 8400 men and 6600 women. Compared with 2013 (13,400 new patients with bowel cancer), the number increased by 1600, a raise of 12%. The total number of new patients with cancer in 2014 was 103,800, an increase of 2% compared with 2013.
Most comprehensive global study shows wide variation in cancer survival
The most comprehensive international comparison of cancer survival to date (CONCORD-2 study), covering countries that are home to two-thirds of the world's population, shows extremely wide differences in survival between countries. The study, published in The Lancet, is based on data from nearly 26 million patients (including 75.000 children) from 279 cancer registries in 67 countries between 1995...
Increasing breast-conserving surgery for invasive breast cancer
The amount of breast-conserving surgery in patients with invasive ductal breast cancer or invasive lobular breast cancer has risen in the Netherlands between 1990 and 2010. This increase is less pronounced in patients with invasive lobular tumor. According to a study by drs. W. Truin and colleagues these women are more likely to have a mastectomy compared with patients with invasive ductal breast ...
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