Blood Chemistry

MicroRNA panels may help detect pancreatic cancer via blood

MicroRNA panels may help detect pancreatic cancer via blood

Panels of microRNA expression can potentially distinguish pancreatic cancer from healthy controls, according to a study.

Virus-derived particles target leukemia

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Unique virus-derived particles have been developed that can kill human blood cancer cells in the laboratory and eradicate the disease in mice with few side effects.

Treating low immunoglobulin levels

Treating low immunoglobulin levels

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When is it necessary to treat a patient with low immunoglobulin levels?

HPV antibodies more likely in oropharyngeal cancer patients

HPV antibodies more likely in oropharyngeal cancer patients

Seropositivity is more likely in prediagnostic sera from oropharyngeal cancer patients than control patients.

Inclusion of creatnine in blood work during carboplatin treatment

Inclusion of creatnine in blood work during carboplatin treatment

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How soon should the creatinine be measured when dosing carboplatin (Paraplatin)?

Blood test paired with gene sequencing to detect cancer

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The ability to detect cancer DNA in the blood has been combined with genome sequencing technology in a test that could be used to screen for cancers, monitor cancer patients for recurrence, and find residual cancer left after surgery.

Noninvasive assay monitors treatment response in patients with metastatic prostate cancer

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Certain analyses of cancer cells isolated from the blood could guide decisions about the ideal treatment for a patient with metastatic prostate cancer who has stopped responding to initial therapy.

Using anticoagulants to treat chemotherapy-related VTE

Using anticoagulants to treat chemotherapy-related VTE

Signs and symptoms of venous thromboembolism in oncology patients should be heeded with prompt therapeutic and mechanical interventions.

Oncology Nurse Advisor Forum - November/December 2010

The forum answers questions about curcumin, MUGA scans, administering bortezomib, and more.

Abnormal labs: To treat or not to treat

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Laboratory tests performed on patients receiving chemotherapy often fall outside normal parameters, necessitating modifications to the plan of care.

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