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Administering Mannitol With Hydration and Premeds

Administering Mannitol With Hydration and Premeds

At my current clinic, hydration and mannitol are administered before premedications on a cisplatin regimen; at previous clinic, premeds and hydration were administered before mannitol. Does it make a difference?

Factors That Determine Sequence of Administration for Multiple Chemotherapeutic Agents

Factors That Determine Sequence of Administration for Multiple Chemotherapeutic Agents

Chemotherapy agents are sometimes required to be administered in a specific sequence. What factors influence the need to follow a specific sequence?

Flushing the Line Between Medications in IV Administrations of Multiple Agents

Flushing the Line Between Medications in IV Administrations of Multiple Agents

What factors should be considered when calculating an adequate postmedication flush to deliver complete, accurate doses of small-volume IV medications to our patients?

Using Olanzapine as an Antiemetic for Patients Undergoing Moderate or High-Emetic Risk Chemotherapy

Using Olanzapine as an Antiemetic for Patients Undergoing Moderate or High-Emetic Risk Chemotherapy

Some of our patients receive olanzapine (Zyprexa) as an antiemetic. Is this a typical use of this drug?

Advice for Patients With CML Traveling While On Oral Chemotherapy

Advice for Patients With CML Traveling While On Oral Chemotherapy

During the summer, many patients with CML who are taking oral chemotherapy drugs have questions about taking their drugs while traveling. What advice can we give them regarding this?

Bone Pain Due to White Blood Cell Growth Factors

Bone Pain Due to White Blood Cell Growth Factors

How is loratadine used to treat bone pain in patients receiving white blood cell growth factors?

Understanding Drug Naming Nomenclature

Understanding Drug Naming Nomenclature

Why do the antibody drugs have such long names?

Data Lacks Support for Anticancer Activity of Cannabis

Data Lacks Support for Anticancer Activity of Cannabis

Patients periodically ask about the use of marijuana in cancer treatment. Is there any data about this?

MS Pain Management in Patients With Cancer

MS Pain Management in Patients With Cancer

What are the most effective treatments for MS pain in patients with co-existing cancer?

Managing capecitabine-associated mucositis

Managing capecitabine-associated mucositis

How should severe mucositis from capecitabine (Xeloda) be managed?




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