Chemotherapy

Validating Chemotherapy Administration Feasible with Simulation-Based Evaluation

Validating Chemotherapy Administration Feasible with Simulation-Based Evaluation

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ORLANDO, FL—"Simulation-based evaluation is a feasible, effective method to validate chemotherapy competency and ensure all nurses receive the opportunity to demonstrate competencies in a safe and consistent manner," a study presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress has concluded.

Adherence to Extravasation Follow-up Improves with Updated Electronic Assessment Form

Adherence to Extravasation Follow-up Improves with Updated Electronic Assessment Form

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ORLANDO, FL—A newly designed electronic extravasation assessment form that links nursing informatics and quality to practice has resulted in better patient care and more robust research, according to a presentation at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

Recognizing Ocular Toxicities of Anticancer Therapies Can Enhance Patient Vision, Quality of Life

Recognizing Ocular Toxicities of Anticancer Therapies Can Enhance Patient Vision, Quality of Life

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ORLANDO, FL—Understanding the effect of ocular toxicity of systemic anticancer therapies can help guide nursing assessment, enhance patient education, and improve care management, a study presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress has found.

Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infection Prevention Roadshow Brings Education to Units

Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infection Prevention Roadshow Brings Education to Units

ORLANDO, FL—A central line associated blood stream infection (CLABSI) prevention roadshow effectively provides education to nurses about central line care and maintenance as well as the importance of documentation, according to a presentation at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 40th Annual Congress.

Oral Chemotherapy Course Increases Confidence Among Nurses Outside Oncology Units

Oral Chemotherapy Course Increases Confidence Among Nurses Outside Oncology Units

ORLANDO, FL—A 4-hour live course on use of oral chemotherapy successfully improved confidence and knowledge among nurses unfamiliar with oncology, results of a project presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress has found.

Blood test can help avoid unnecessary drug side effects for some patients with colorectal cancer

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Research evidence suggests that a blood test could be employed to identify patients with colorectal cancer who might benefit from more intensive chemotherapy.

Survival longer in patients with early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with low tumor metabolic activity

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Increased overall survival and more time before tumor recurrence is associated with low presurgery uptake of a labeled glucose analogue in the primary tumor of patients with stage I non-small cell lung cancer.

Potential chemoresistance after consuming fatty acid in fish and fish oil

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Experiments in mice suggest that elevated blood levels of the fatty acid derived from fish oil may induce resistance to chemotherapy.

Adjuvant chemotherapy in non-small cell lung cancer: State-of-the-art

Adjuvant chemotherapy in non-small cell lung cancer: State-of-the-art

[Translational Lung Cancer Research] In this article, the authors examine the role of adjuvant chemotherapy in the treatment of resected non-small cell lung cancer.

Fish oil may interfere with chemotherapy

Fish oil may interfere with chemotherapy

Research suggests supplements, and certain fish, might reduce the effects of chemotherapy.

Precision medication is effective for subset of adrenal cancer patients

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A subset of adrenal cancer patients responded well to drug treatment in a phase 3 trial, giving some hope for addressing this aggressive form of cancer.

Exercise slows tumor growth and improves chemotherapy

Exercise slows tumor growth and improves chemotherapy

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A new study of the impact of exercise in models of breast cancer in mice has shown the benefits of exercise on the function of blood vessels around tumors.

Function of a micron filter

Function of a micron filter

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Why do some drugs need a micron filter and what is the affect of using one?

Measuring treatment response is essential to guiding leukemia treatment

Measuring treatment response is essential to guiding leukemia treatment

A measurement of the concentration of leukemia cells in patient bone marrow during the first 46 days of chemotherapy may allow for better matching of patients to the optimal intensity of chemotherapy.

Hormone-blocking drug prevents ovarian failure and improves fertility in breast cancer patients

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Breast cancer patients given the hormone-blocking drug goserelin during chemotherapy experience less ovarian failure and are more likely to have successful pregnancies, according to study results.

Affect of chemotherapy on saliva test results

Affect of chemotherapy on saliva test results

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Do cancer treatments alter alleles affecting saliva, thus rendering a Genecept Assay null and void?

Chemotherapy before breast cancer surgery increases likelihood of breast-preserving procedure

Chemotherapy before breast cancer surgery increases likelihood of breast-preserving procedure

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Patients with larger malignant tumors of the breast who undergo chemotherapy before breast cancer surgery are more likely to opt for a breast-preserving procedure, according to a new study.

Combination therapy found best for low-grade brain tumors

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New evidence indicates that combining chemotherapy with radiation therapy may be the best option for people with a low-grade form of brain cancer.

Algorithm increases surgical success in advanced ovarian cancer

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A new surgical algorithm allows for greater percentage of visible tumor removal.

Chemotherapy after bladder cancer surgery improves survival

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The addition of chemotherapy after bladder cancer surgery lowered risk of death by approximately 30%, over surgery alone, according to a study that reviewed patient data.

Drug sequence with gemcitabine

Drug sequence with gemcitabine

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When giving gemcitabine (Gemzar) and cisplatin (Platinol), is it better to give gemcitabine first to reduce myelosuppression with every indication?

Androgen receptor abnormality may not affect response to chemotherapy

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Study findings suggest that androgen receptor V7 (AR-V7) status does not significantly affect response to taxane chemotherapy in men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.

Human neural stem cells restore cognitive functions impaired by chemotherapy

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Human neural stem cell treatments may allow for reversal of learning and memory deficits after chemotherapy, according to preclinical research.

Update: Disposal of unused medications

Update: Disposal of unused medications

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New regulations have established a variety of means to dispose of unused controlled drugs, depending on the locality.

Ideal infusion rate for maintaining hydration

Ideal infusion rate for maintaining hydration

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In an outpatient cancer infusion center providing IV hydration, is a longer infusion time better for the patient?

Two major studies strengthen case for prostate cancer drug before chemotherapy

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The pioneering prostate cancer drug abiraterone can significantly extend the lives of men with advanced prostate cancer if administered prior to administering chemotherapy, according to phase III clinical trial data.

Patient beliefs about chemotherapy, cancer influence care choices at the end of life

Patient beliefs about chemotherapy, cancer influence care choices at the end of life

Patients with advanced cancer who believed chemotherapy might cure their cancer were more likely to receive chemotherapy.

Hair dye use during chemotherapy

Hair dye use during chemotherapy

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Is it safe to use hair dyes concurrently with chemotherapy?

Assessing patency of an implanted port

Assessing patency of an implanted port

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How should a fibrin overgrowth on an internal catheter be managed when there is no blood return from the implanted port?

Rare gene variants associated with side effects from paclitaxel

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Researchers have identified the first genetic marker associated with severe neurologic toxicity from paclitaxel.

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