Cancer Care

Supporting the cancer patient's long-distance caregiver

Supporting the cancer patient's long-distance caregiver

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Providing care for a loved one with cancer is even more difficult for long-distance caregivers. In this column, an oncology social worker offers tips on helping caregivers overcome these challenges.

Leading cancer experts write a prescription for more affordable cancer drugs

Leading cancer experts write a prescription for more affordable cancer drugs

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The nation's leading cancer experts have drafted a plan to reduce the high cost of cancer drugs and voiced support for a grassroots movement demanding action on the issue.

Cardio-oncology services may improve patient care if more widely available

Cardio-oncology services may improve patient care if more widely available

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A nationwide survey indicates that many hospital training programs have no formal training or services in cardio-oncology, and barriers exist to establishing these programs.

Imaging technique identifies early metastasis in lymph nodes

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A new, accurate imaging technique, combining photoacoustics with nanosensors, has been developed for the noninvasive screening of lymph nodes for metastatic cancer.

Oncologist's recommendations and motivation package spur exercise for cancer patients

Oncologist's recommendations and motivation package spur exercise for cancer patients

An oncologist's exercise recommendations coupled with an exercise motivation package can greatly increase exercise participation by cancer survivors.

Childhood cancer survivors may be at risk for later obesity

Childhood cancer survivors may be at risk for later obesity

Certain cancer treatments can be linked to later weight gain.

Dying patients' choices not always aligned to caregivers'

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A recent study examined choices patients with cancer and their caretakers make with regard to willingness to purchase high-cost treatments that may only increase a patient's quality of life slightly.

Model Details Challenges of Educating Staff in Pediatric, Adult Oncology Patient Care

Model Details Challenges of Educating Staff in Pediatric, Adult Oncology Patient Care

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A model was created to address the challenges of educating staff that care for both adult and pediatric patients.

Kaizen Huddle Boards Enhance Patient Care, Reduces Waste in Ambulatory Center

Kaizen Huddle Boards Enhance Patient Care, Reduces Waste in Ambulatory Center

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Employing the kaizen lean methodology of daily huddles and huddle boards in ambulatory oncology over 10 months has led to improved patient care.

Streamlined military workflow produces more patient appointments with fewer return visits

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A workflow system developed at military medical facilities could prove beneficial for civilian patients and clinicians.

Older cancer patients often take inappropriate meds

Older cancer patients often take inappropriate meds

A pharmacist-led comprehensive medication assessment showed a high prevalence of polypharmacy and inappropriate medication use among older patients with cancer.

HHS aims to restore joy of medicine

HHS aims to restore joy of medicine

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is listening to physicians and addressing concerns including EHR usability, meaningful use, and other challenges.

Transfusion Indications for Patients With Cancer

Transfusion Indications for Patients With Cancer

In infrequent situations in which coagulation factor replacement is needed, plasma can be vital for patients with cancer. Granulocyte transfusions may sometimes be considered for recalcitrant infections in patients with neutropenia. This article summarizes the current clinical indications and uses of RBCs, plasma, and granulocytes.

Patient engagement initiatives can benefit outcomes and lower costs

Patient engagement initiatives can benefit outcomes and lower costs

Initiatives can decrease hospital visits, cut morbidity and mortality, and up treatment adherence.

CIO: Bacteria could be new agent in battle against cancer

CIO: Bacteria could be new agent in battle against cancer

A weakened strain of Clostridium novyi-NT bacteria killed cancer cells when injected into tumors, investigators reported.

Providers urged to address post-cancer concerns

Providers urged to address post-cancer concerns

Many U.S. survivors have unresolved physical, mental health issues long after cancer treatment ends.

Few oncologists discuss supplement use with patients

Few oncologists discuss supplement use with patients

Many physicians cite a lack of knowledge as a primary reason for not discussing supplements, survey finds.

Medical marijuana can help mitigate cancer-related symptoms

Medical marijuana can help mitigate cancer-related symptoms

Cannabis and cannabinoid pharmaceuticals can prove beneficial for nausea and vomiting, pain, weight loss; but more research is needed on potential harmful side effects.

Less cancer-related imaging in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system

Less cancer-related imaging in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system

Lower use of imaging seen in the VA than in fee-for-service Medicare; not associated with less geographic variation.

Cancer patients in hospice less likely to receive aggressive treatment

Cancer patients in hospice less likely to receive aggressive treatment

Researchers found that non-hospice patients used significantly more health care resources, mainly for acute conditions not directly related to their cancer.

Oncologists Use of Digital (Infographic)

Oncologists Use of Digital (Infographic)

A summary of site, platform, and social media use by oncologists in 2014.

Study reviews LMWH treatment for cancer-related deep vein thrombosis

Study reviews LMWH treatment for cancer-related deep vein thrombosis

Presence of residual vein thrombosis may help determine the optimal duration of anticoagulant therapy in cancer patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) of the lower limbs.

Studying Cancer Treatment in the Elderly Patient Population

Studying Cancer Treatment in the Elderly Patient Population

[Cancer Control] Age has in impact on the biology of cancer, treatment goals, and barriers to treatment. Older patients are also currently under-represented in clinical trials, but this need not be the case.

ASTRO: Prostate cancer recovery faster with less androgen deprivation therapy

ASTRO: Prostate cancer recovery faster with less androgen deprivation therapy

Shorter time to testosterone recovery with 18 versus 36 months androgen deprivation therapy.

Over a quarter of hospital orders were classified as defensive

Over a quarter of hospital orders were classified as defensive

More than 25% of hospital medicine services were rated by ordering physicians as at least a partially defensive order, according to recent data.

Animal assisted therapy enhances cancer care

Animal assisted therapy enhances cancer care

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Animal assisted interventions such as visits from therapy dogs and patients' pets are proven to improve patient outcomes.

New myeloma treatment options promising

New myeloma treatment options promising

New multiple myeloma treatment options have shown promise for patients aged 65 years and younger and for newly diagnosed individuals ineligible for stem-cell transplantation, according to two studies.

Factors associated with late hospice admission for cancer patients identified

Factors associated with late hospice admission for cancer patients identified

For patients with cancer, late admission more likely for younger patients, married men, hematologic malignancies.

Patients with Medicaid or no coverage show higher cancer mortality

Patients with Medicaid or no coverage show higher cancer mortality

Patients with Medicaid insurance or no insurance coverage are less likely to receive cancer-related surgery and/or radiation and are more likely to die from cancer than those with insurance, according to an online study.

Support team aids decision-making by caregivers of terminal cancer patients

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Researchers devised an intervention that quickly integrates a cancer support team to guide caregivers and their patients through difficult end-of-life treatment and decisions.

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