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The University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center

The lifetime risk of a woman developing breast cancer has increased over the past 5 years in the United States: of every 7 women, 1 is at risk based on a life expectancy of 85 years. An estimated 214,640 new cases (212,920 women and 1,720 men) of breast cancer and 41,430 deaths (40,970 women and 460 men) from this disease will occur in the United States in 2006. However, mortality from breast cancer has decreased slightly, attributed partly to mammographic screening. Early detection and accurate diagnosis made in a cost-effective manner are critical to a continued reduction in mortality. These practice guidelines are designed to facilitate clinical decision making.

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Adenocarcinoma of the endometrium is the most common malignancy of the female genital tract in the United States. Many physicians believe that adenocarcinoma of the endometrium is a relatively benign disease because of the early symptoms of irregular vaginal bleeding in this predominantly postmenopausal patient population, the often-localized nature of the disease, and the generally high survival rate. However, the estimated number of deaths from endometrial cancer continues to increase, indicating the need for a critical reassessment of the guidelines for managing endometrial cancer. Physicians must identify high-risk patients and tailor treatment appropriately to provide the best opportunity for long-term survival.

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Anemia is a common condition in patients with cancer, and its correction through either transfusion with packed red blood cells or the administration of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) is a supportive care measure. The purpose of the guidelines is to operationalize the evaluation and treatment of anemia in cancer patients and to enable patients and clinicians to evaluate treatment options in the context of risks and benefits. The updated guidelines include a number of important changes that respond to new FDA recommendations limiting the use of ESAs in cancer patients. Updates also include new tables on the risks and benefits of ESAs versus red blood cell transfusion and recommendations for administering parenteral iron products.

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Hodgkin disease/lymphoma (HD/HL) is an uncommon malignancy; in 2008, an estimated 8220 new diagnoses and 1350 deaths will occur in the United States. The past few decades have seen significant progress in the management of HL; it is now curable in at least 80% of patients. In fact, cure rates for HL have increased so extensively that the overriding treatment considerations often relate to long-term toxicity, especially for patients with early- or intermediate-stage disease. The World Health Organization classification divides HL into 2 main types: classical and lymphocyte-predominant HL (CHL and LPHL). These guidelines discuss clinical management, focusing exclusively on patients from postadolescence through the seventh decade of life who do not have serious intercurrent disease.

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