Cancer Symptoms

Reflexology foot massage may ease cancer symptoms


A recent large-scale, randomized study of reflexology offers the strongest evidence yet that it can help cancer patients manage their symptoms and perform daily tasks.

Quick survey helps uncover ovarian cancer

A simple three-question survey has been developed to help clinicians identify women who may be experiencing symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Patients could use more pointed guidance on exercise

Patients could use more pointed guidance on exercise

Support from oncology clinicians can encourage people with cancer to adopt an exercise regimen that can help relieve their symptoms and improve their function.

Finasteride, dutasteride therapy may enhance PSA reading

The magnitude of change in serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) after 5α-reductase inhibitor therapy may be useful in diagnosing prostate cancer.

September: A month for cancer awareness

September: A month for cancer awareness

Patient information on coping with the emotional toll of cancer, making treatment decisions, dietary and nutritional needs, and survivorship care

Small intestine is gateway to early detection of pancreatic cancer

A minimally invasive endoscopic technique called polarization gating spectroscopy detected pancreatic cancer 100% of the time in a small study.

Heart risks of cancer drugs underestimated

The system for monitoring adverse events in oncology clinical trials is in urgent need of reform, say the authors of a recent commentary.

Psychosocial approach useful in managing cancer pain


Psychosocial interventions, including skills instruction and education, can help reduce pain in persons with cancer, confirm the results of a recent meta-analysis.

Indices for early symptoms of ovarian cancer may need tweaking


The clinical utility of a symptom index for ovarian cancer depends on precisely how it is used and how index-positive women are managed, indicate the results of a recent study.

Cancer information on Wikipedia: surprisingly reliable, but not so readable

Cancer information on Wikipedia is similar in accuracy and depth to that found on a peer-reviewed, patient-oriented cancer Web site, but the latter presents simpler, shorter versions.

Anti-inflammatory may combat glioma-related seizures

Epileptic seizures—common among people with primary brain tumors—may be related to the release of excess levels of glutamate, and may be controlled with the drug sulfasalazine.

Hybrid endoscopy system could detect early ovarian cancer

The combining of three imaging tools into one device may provide a new, minimally invasive approach to diagnosing early-stage ovarian cancer in high-risk women.

CIPN: Treatment preservation and prevention are the goals

CIPN: Treatment preservation and prevention are the goals

CIPN is a debilitating adverse effect that can lead to reduced doses that hinder treatment effectiveness or early discontinuation of therapy.

Pneumothorax, hemorrhage risks may outweigh benefits of pulmonary biopsy

Transthoracic needle biopsy of a pulmonary nodule often results in pneumothorax that requires chest-tube placement, a team of investigators has found.

ACOG now calls for annual mammograms starting at 40 years

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has revised its mammography screening recommendation, now suggesting that women have the test once a year starting at age 40 years.

New screening protocol for pancreatic cancer is better than standard means

Using the CA 19-9 tumor marker followed by an endoscopic ultrasound is more likely to detect stage 1 pancreatic cancer in persons at high risk for the disease than is using CA 19-9 alone.

Dignity therapy improves end-of-life experience

A form of psychotherapy that is intended to relieve distress for dying patients and their families showed great effectiveness in a recent study.

New drug helps control rare sarcoma disease

The experimental agent cediranib shrank tumors in more than half of study subjects afflicted with alveolar soft part sarcoma (ASPS).

Basic steps are best bet for detecting gynecologic cancer recurrence

The best approach for detecting most gynecologic cancer recurrences is to take a thorough history, perform a thorough examination, and educate the patient about concerning symptoms.

Differentiating type is key to non-Hodgkin lymphomas

Differentiating type is key to non-Hodgkin lymphomas


Management and prognosis for patients with NHL depend on identifying the disease type. This review discusses the diagnoses and optimal treatments.

Abstral approved for breakthrough cancer pain

A tablet delivering transmucosal fentanyl, Abstral is indicated for the management of breakthrough pain in adult cancer patients who are already using opioids around the clock.

Use evidence-based practice to make your argument

Use evidence-based practice to make your argument


The goal was to make the case for better pain management without undermining the care team.

A broad assessment of symptoms revealed an atypical presentation

A broad assessment of symptoms revealed an atypical presentation

The patient's symptoms suggested a hypopharyngeal tumor, but imaging studies showed the mass in an unexpected location.

Smoking may increase cancer pain

Smoking is not only a cause of cancer, it also appears to be a cause of greater cancer-related pain, according to a recent survey of 224 patients.

Managing adult cancer pain: The latest NCCN guidelines

Managing adult cancer pain: The latest NCCN guidelines


Pain management is important for cancer patients during therapy and sometimes after treatment is completed—not just at the end of life.

Managing cancer symptoms with acupuncture

Acupuncture may be beneficial in patients experiencing a range of cancer symptoms.

Picture Forum: Ovarian cancer Guidelines ignore 'key symptom'

Ovarian cancer cases are being missed because diagnosis guidelines do not mention abdominal distension, the symptom most likely to be associated with the cancer, a study suggests.

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