Side-Effect Management

Breakthrough supportive care: Overcoming cancer anorexia/cachexia

Breakthrough supportive care: Overcoming cancer anorexia/cachexia

A new drug is proven to offer significantly better outcomes for patients with non-small cell lung cancer who experience this debilitating side effect.

Comparison of zoledronic acid dosing schedules finds less frequent schedule noninferior

Comparison of zoledronic acid dosing schedules finds less frequent schedule noninferior

ASCO 2015: 12-week dosing schedule of zoledronic acid is noninferior to a more-frequent schedule of every 4 weeks.

Optimal nurse:patient ratio for patients on IL-2

Optimal nurse:patient ratio for patients on IL-2

What is the best practice recommendation for nurse-to-patient ratio for patients receiving IL-2?

Managing capecitabine-associated mucositis

Managing capecitabine-associated mucositis

How should severe mucositis from capecitabine (Xeloda) be managed?

'Neuroinvasion' May Impact Cancer Pain, Progression

'Neuroinvasion' May Impact Cancer Pain, Progression

Reciprocal relationship between cancer and neurons at play in tumor proliferation and pain sensitization.

Palliative radiotherapy: An evolving centerpiece of supportive care

Palliative radiotherapy: An evolving centerpiece of supportive care

A new role for conformal radiotherapy is evolving. Targeted treatment can offer effective palliative management of pain and other side effects of cancer.

Affect of chemotherapy on saliva test results

Affect of chemotherapy on saliva test results

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

Sexual dysfunction in a breast cancer survivor: A case study

Sexual dysfunction in a breast cancer survivor: A case study

This case study examines a case of sex-related headaches in a breast cancer survivor after treatment for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).

Ideal infusion rate for maintaining hydration

Ideal infusion rate for maintaining hydration

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

Finding a qualified acupuncture practitioner

Finding a qualified acupuncture practitioner

How can patients find a qualified acupuncture practitioner who understands the needs of oncology patients?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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