Drug Side-Effects

ONS Connections: Opioid-induced constipation inadequately addressed


Opioid-induced constipation is not adequately addressed by nurse practitioners and physicians, according to research presented at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Connections: Advancing Care Through Science conference.

PET response signals increased survival in soft-tissue sarcoma

Patients with soft-tissue sarcoma who have an early PET response after initial chemotherapy survive longer than patients showing no such response.

Brentuximab shrunk tumors in resistant Hodgkin lymphoma

An investigational agent for the treatment of Hodgkin lymphoma has yielded very strong results in a phase II trial of heavily pretreated persons with relapsed or refractory disease.

Managing cancer-related fatigue and drug-induced neuropathy

Managing cancer-related fatigue and drug-induced neuropathy


What role does medication play in managing fatigue? Can neuropathy from oxaliplatin therapy be effectively treated or prevented?

Oncology Nurse Advisor Forum - October 2010

The forum answers questions about the effects of pectin and administering chemotherapy with no blood return.

Zoledronic acid (zoledronate, Zometa)

Zoledronic acid (zoledronate, Zometa)


Zoledronic acid is a third-generation bisphosphonate prescribed to reduce pain from bony metastases, treat hypercalcemia of malignancy, and manage osteolytic lesions in multiple myeloma.

HRT and breast cancer

GPs should advise women to continue taking HRT, despite claims linking it to breast cancer, according to an expert on the menopause.

How to relieve the symptoms of hyposalivation

Xerostomia is a common symptom in oncology and palliative medicine, and because it can cause distress to patients, it warrants careful attention

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