Cancer Care

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.

New nanoparticle could improve MRI scanning for cancer diagnosis

New nanoparticle could improve MRI scanning for cancer diagnosis

A research team has created a new, self-assembling nanoparticle that can increase the effectiveness of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) cancer detection.

Added corticosteroid not effective for cancer pain

Added corticosteroid not effective for cancer pain

In advanced cancer patients receiving opioids, methylprednisolone does not add to analgesic effect.

Doctors steer prostate cancer treatment choices

Doctors steer prostate cancer treatment choices

Physicians who diagnosed low-risk prostate cancer had more influence over the decision to enter active surveillance than did the disease characteristics, according to a case review.

Those with HIV less likely to receive cancer treatment

Those with HIV less likely to receive cancer treatment

HIV-infected individuals with cancer are less likely to receive treatment, according to a study published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Central Venous Catheters Up Infection Risk in Cancer Patients

Central Venous Catheters Up Infection Risk in Cancer Patients

Long-term central venous catheters (CVCs) are associated with an increased risk of infection in older adults with cancer, according to research published online.

Can antihistamines be used to fight cancer?

Can antihistamines be used to fight cancer?

Researchers have found that as antihistamines do their job, they also interfere with the function of myeloid-derived suppressor cells—a type of cell known to hinder the body's ability to combat tumors.

Common clinical practice described for incompletely resected lung cancer

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A landmark survey of more than 700 specialists provides crucial real-world insight into the treatments that most oncologists choose for lung cancer patients whose tumor has been incompletely resected.

A few circulating tumor cells can indicate metastasis risk

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A simple, noninvasive blood test matched with state-of-the-art molecular imaging of individual cells could help oncologists understand their patients' chances of survival.

Specialists prefer treatments over surveillance for low-risk prostate cancer

Specialists prefer treatments over surveillance for low-risk prostate cancer

Specialists who treat prostate cancer agree that active surveillance is an effective option—yet according to a study most don't recommend it when appropriate for their own patients.

Acuity tool accurately assesses staffing needs at an ambulatory infusion clinic

Acuity tool accurately assesses staffing needs at an ambulatory infusion clinic

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A pilot program demonstrated that an acuity tool that accounts for more complex ambulatory infusion treatments allows nurses to increase their productivity.

Communication training helps oncologists deliver bad news

Communication training helps oncologists deliver bad news

A communication skills training program based on patient preferences regarding communication can help oncologists' communication performance, according to a study.

Shared decision making lacking in cancer screening discussions

Shared decision making lacking in cancer screening discussions

A national survey of patients reveals that physicians don't always fully discuss the risks and benefits of cancer screening, reports a new study.

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