LabBook November 21, 2014

The panel of community, health, and cooking experts that crowned the winner of the third annual Diabetes Cook Off on Nov. 15, 2014, with Monica Peek, MD (far left) and Marshall Chin, MD (far right). The cook off is hosted by the South Side Diabetes Project--read more about it here.

The panel of community, health, and cooking experts that crowned the winner of the third annual Diabetes Cook Off on Nov. 15, 2014, with Monica Peek, MD (far left) and Marshall Chin, MD (far right). The cook off is hosted by the South Side Diabetes Project–read more about their work here.

This week’s rundown of recent research publications of note from University of Chicago scientists and physicians:

Family Refusal of Chemotherapy for Pediatric Cancer Patients: A National Survey of Oncologists: including Michelle Nassin — Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

From the abstract: “Refusal of therapy is ethically acceptable for competent adults. Practitioner opinions regarding refusal of therapy in pediatric cancer patients has not been widely studied. This is the largest survey of oncology practitioners assessing support for refusal of chemotherapy … The majority of practitioners surveyed viewed parental refusal of chemotherapy for children with a moderate or good expected cure rate as unacceptable, but were more accepting of refusal with a poor prognosis, especially for teenagers.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology Policy Statement on Medicaid Reform: including Blase Polite — Journal of Clinical Oncology

Executive Summary: “Entitlement reform is likely to dominate the discussion of the upcoming Congress, and the Medicaid provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are being implemented this year. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has an opportunity to help shape the debate about how cancer care will be delivered to our most vulnerable patients … ASCO advocates for the highest-quality care for our most underserved and vulnerable patients with cancer. Thus, Medicaid reform is among our top priorities.”

National Survey of US Oncologists’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice Patterns Regarding Herb and Supplement Use by Patients With Cancer: including Olufunmilayo Olopade — Journal of Clinical Oncology

From the abstract: “Patients with cancer commonly use complementary and alternative medicine, including herbs and supplements (HS), during cancer treatment. This national survey explored oncologists’ knowledge, attitudes, and practice patterns regarding HS use by their patients … Fewer than one half of oncologists are initiating discussions with patients about HS use, and many indicate that lack of knowledge and education is a barrier to such discussions. Improving physician education about HS may facilitate more physician-patient communication about this important topic.”

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Matt Wood is a senior science writer for the University of Chicago Medicine and editor of the Science Life blog.
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