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March 20, 2012 • Volume 9 / Number 6


Leading Health Organizations Revise Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines

A female patient speaks with a physician

Last week, several health organizations issued new cervical cancer screening guidelines that extend the time interval between screening tests for most women. 

Based on comprehensive reviews of available data—including NCI-funded research—the new guidelines seek to maximize the benefits of current screening tests while minimizing their potential harms. Read more > >


Dr. Thomas J. Smith

A Conversation with Dr. Thomas Smith on the Growing Role of Palliative Care for Patients with Cancer

Recent research has shown that some cancer patients who received early palliative care not only had improved quality of life, but lived longer than patients who received standard treatment alone. Dr. Thomas J. Smith, director of palliative care for the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, talked with the NCI Cancer Bulletin about the growing importance of palliative care in oncology practice.



  • CDC Update

    • Federal Campaign Seeks to Shrink Smoking Rates Further
  • Notes

    • NCI and CICAMS Sign Statement of Intent
    • NCI Advisory Committee on Clinical Trials Holds First Meeting of 2012
    • NCI at American Association of Cancer Research Annual Meeting
    • Dr. John Potter to Deliver First Schatzkin Lecture in Nutritional Epidemiology
    • New Complementary and Alternative Medicine Report and Information Posted Online

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