Hematology :: Program announced to improve care in developing areas for patients with blood disorders

To improve the quality of medical care in developing countries, a new partnership between the American Society of Hematology (ASH) and Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) aims to recruit and support physician volunteers to educate and train health-care providers in those countries on the treatment of patients with blood disorders.

Blood Cancer :: Research shows cord blood comparable to matched bone marrow

University of Minnesota researchers report that umbilical cord blood transplants may offer blood cancer patients better outcomes than bone marrow transplants, according to an analysis of outcome data performed at the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR), Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Breast Cancer :: Increasing radiation dose shortens treatment time for breast cancer women

Radiation therapy after lumpectomy for early-stage breast cancer can be safely delivered in higher daily doses to greatly reduce treatment time. This conclusion of a new Fox Chase Cancer Center study is good news for women who might opt to have a mastectomy instead of a lumpectomy because of the time commitment needed for the usual six-week radiation course with the breast-sparing surgical option.

Nurses :: American Red Cross celebrates National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week, which honors the many contributions of nurses and the nursing profession, ends each year on May 12 to coincide with the birthday of Florence Nightingale, considered by many to be the founder of modern nursing. But a nurse who was her contemporary, Clara Barton, helped make nursing popular in the United States, and a later nurse, Jane Delano, made nursing a cornerstone of the American Red Cross.