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Some Older Adults Use High-risk Methods to Obtain Opioids

Some Older Adults Use High-risk Methods to Obtain Opioids

Almost 15 percent of older adults surveyed used high-risk methods for obtaining prescription opioids, according to a recent study.

Drug-free Methods Effective for Treating Some Pain Conditions

Drug-free Methods Effective for Treating Some Pain Conditions

Approaches such as acupuncture, massage, and tai chi may ease discomfort

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.

Goserelin reduces ovarian failure rate in breast cancer

Goserelin reduces ovarian failure rate in breast cancer

Use of the gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist, goserelin, protects against ovarian failure, according to a study.

Eating blueberries daily may decrease blood pressure

Eating blueberries daily may decrease blood pressure

Eating blueberries daily may decrease both systolic and diastolic blood pressures.

Diagnostic grading system developed for cancer-related weight loss

Diagnostic grading system developed for cancer-related weight loss

New grading system for cancer-linked weight loss includes independent prognostic significance of BMI and percent weight loss.

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.

Fewer cardiac scans in low-risk childhood cancer survivors can safely reduce costs

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A less frequent screening schedule would both reduce health care charges and still protect low-risk childhood cancer survivors from heart ailments caused by drug therapy, according to recently published findings.

Depression treatments for cancer patients reviewed

Depression treatments for cancer patients reviewed

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Two classes of antidepressants improve symptoms of depression in cancer patients, according to a comprehensive review of treatments.

Transdermal delivery of SARM drug offers hope for treatment of muscle wasting in cancer patients

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Muscle wasting from cancer has a negative impact on the well-being and recovery of millions of patients, especially the elderly.

Patient-centered educational and behavioral program reduces risk of lymphedema

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Promoting lymph flow and optimizing BMI after breast cancer surgery had a 97% success rate for patients in the program 1 year after surgery, according to a new study.

Humidifying mouth and throat during radiotherapy reduces mucositis and hospital stay

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Head and neck cancer patients who received daily humidification of the mouth and throat region at the beginning of radiation therapy treatment spent half as many days in the hospital to treat side effects, according to new research.

Metal implants may reduce chemotherapy side effects

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The chemical composition of commonly used chemotherapy drugs can be altered so that they only become active when they come into contact with palladium, and cancer patients could one day experience fewer side effects from chemotherapy since this discovery opens the door for more targeted treatments.

Silicone dressing prevents skin reactions during radiation

Silicone dressing prevents skin reactions during radiation

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Severe skin reactions during radiation therapy could be prevented by applying a thin transparent silicone dressing to the skin from the first day of treatment, according to clinical research from New Zealand.

Exercise improves drug-associated joint pain in breast cancer survivors

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Breast cancer survivors taking AIs, such as anastrozole, letrozole, and exemestane, experienced a reduction in joint pain if they exercised while on treatment. These results were presented at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

Bortezomib regimen improves stem cell transplantation outcomes

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Adding bortezomib to standard preventive therapy for GVHD results in improved outcomes for patients receiving stem cell transplants from mismatched and unrelated donors, according to research presented at the 2013 ASH Annual Meeting, in New Orleans.

New drug halves risk of graft-versus-host disease

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A new class of drugs reduced the risk of patients contracting a serious and often deadly side effect of lifesaving bone marrow transplant treatments, according to a new study from researchers.

Simple compression bandages as effective as massage for lymphedema

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McMaster University researchers found no difference in patients with breast cancer who used simple compression bandages to treat lymphedema compared with those who underwent daily lymphatic massage.

Guidance to prevent fractures in cancer-associated bone disease

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The epidemiology and pathophysiology of cancer-associated bone disease was reviewed in a new paper published by an International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) Committee of Scientific Advisors Working Group.

Laser therapy improves common side effect in patients with HNSCC

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A definitive trial has indicated that low-level laser therapy reduces the occurrence of canker sores and improves quality of life in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma who are undergoing concurrent chemoradiotherapy.

Cardiac risk from breast radiation decreased

Cardiac risk from breast radiation decreased

Highest cardiac radiation doses and excess risks are from left-sided treatment in the supine position, researchers found.

Radiation therapy provides tumor control in bladder cancer

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Standard and reduced high-dose volume RT for muscle-invasive bladder cancer provides comparable tumor control and decreased late toxicity compared with surgery, according to a new study.

Existing treatment may stop tamoxifen-induced fog

Existing treatment may stop tamoxifen-induced fog

Researchers have not only confirmed that tamoxifen induces cognitive dysfunction in users, they have also found an existing treatment that can prevent this adverse effect.

The effects of pectin

The effects of pectin

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Can pectin minimize side effects associated with radiation therapy, and how is it able to do so?

Radiation tweaks reduce xerostomia in oral cancer

Radiation tweaks reduce xerostomia in oral cancer

A correlation between radiation doses to submandibular glands and the output saliva of those glands has been documented, in the largest study to date.

Evening radiotherapy may reduce hair loss in cancer

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Administering radiation treatments in the evening rather than the morning could help persons with cancer keep more of their hair, a mouse study indicates.

New drug protects ovaries during chemotherapy

An immunomodulator known as AS101 has been shown to prevent ovarian follicle "burnout" in mice undergoing chemotherapy with cyclophosphamide.

Oncology Nursing Tools Help Assess, Manage Hand-Foot Syndrome in Pilot Study of Topical Sildenafil

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Topical 1% sildenafil cream is well-tolerated, feasible to administer, and may help mitigate hand-foot syndrome, found research presented at the 38th ONS Annual Congress.

"4MAT" System Promotes Patient Adherence to ONS PEP Radiation Dermatitis Guidelines

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"4MAT" education can help individualize and optimize patient use of an evidence-based skin care protocol based on the ONS Putting Evidence into Practice guidelines for radiation dermatitis, found research presented at the ONS 38th Annual Congress.

Use of NeutraSal® Oral Rinse Lowers Toxicities Observed with Head and Neck Radiation

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NeutraSal®, a new supersaturated calcium phosphate oral rinse, significantly mitigated the severity of acute mucosal toxicity, a study presented at the ONS 38th Annual Congress has found.

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