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GVHD in pediatric HSCT patients: Clinical trials for Rituximab

GVHD in pediatric HSCT patients: Clinical trials for Rituximab

The CD20 antagonist is a potentially effective preventive and treatment for this common adverse effect of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

ONA interview: Coordinating with specialty pharmacies

ONA talked to an oncology nurse with Walgreens' cycle management program about how this novel program helps patients and clinicians better manage outpatient oral chemotherapy.

Filgrastim vs pegfilgrastim: A quality of life issue for children

Filgrastim vs pegfilgrastim: A quality of life issue for children

Administration, safety, and efficacy are similar in both agents. However, the frequency of administration makes a significant difference for patients.

Troubleshooting complications of vascular access devices

Troubleshooting complications of vascular access devices

VADs enable long-term IV therapy; however, the devices and their use pose a unique set of challenges for nurses.

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.

Portable glioblastoma treatment device receives approval

The FDA has approved a portable therapeutic system that can be used at home by adults who have glioblastoma that has recurred or progressed following chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Standardized posthospitalization education improves caregivers' overall well-being

Standardized posthospitalization care education administered through an Oncology CarePartner Program that addressed the patient's physical and emotional needs was found to improve caregivers' overall well-being, but had no impact on the time spent on caregiving or difficulty with caregiving tasks. That's the result of a study presented at the Oncology Nursing Society 36th Annual Congress.

New guidelines seek to prevent IV catheter-related infections

The CDC and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee have released new guidelines to help eliminate bloodstream infections associated with intravenous catheters.

Where to die: The impact of setting on quality of life for patients and caregivers

Where to die: The impact of setting on quality of life for patients and caregivers

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Where patients spend their final days has an impact on the quality of life at the end of their life, as well as their caregivers' mental health after their death.

Caregivers: A critical link in successful care management

Caregivers: A critical link in successful care management

Caregivers are an essential part of patient care. Attentiveness to their concerns is an important part of caring for the patient with cancer.

Opioid use at home is safe for patients who need pain relief

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Increased doses of opioids during end-of-life care at home is safe to relieve pain and suffering, according to a study published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine (2010 Sep;13(9):1079-83).

Preparing family members to care for the patient at home

Preparing family members to care for the patient at home

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Outpatient treatment shortens hospital stays and shifts responsibility for patient care onto family members with no medical training.

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