Side-Effect Management

CBT/CBTH mitigates fatigue in patients with breast cancer undergoing radiotherapy

CBT/CBTH mitigates fatigue in patients with breast cancer undergoing radiotherapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy, alone or with hypnosis, can help patients with breast cancer undergoing radiotherapy to manage fatigue, often their most debilitating side effect.

Managing peripheral neuropathy related to vincristine

Managing peripheral neuropathy related to vincristine

Has any medicine or supplement been shown to help lessen the severity of vincristine-related peripheral neuropathy?

Too soon to say if soy is a promising ­adjuvant for radiotherapy

Too soon to say if soy is a promising ­adjuvant for radiotherapy

Soy and soy isoflavones are alleviating skin and lung toxicities from thoracic radiotherapy in preclinical study models; however, researchers stress the need for further studies.

Nondrug interventions can effectively improve time to fall asleep and total sleep time

Nondrug interventions can effectively improve time to fall asleep and total sleep time

A new study demonstrates that nonpharmaceutical techniques can resolve sleep disturbance and insomnia in patients with cancer.

Vertebroplasty is effective for managing myelomatous VCFs

Vertebroplasty is effective for managing myelomatous VCFs

The minimally invasive procedure provides effective, immediate relief from the pain of vertebral compression fractures due to multiple myeloma.

Integrating CAM therapies into oncology care

This primer on complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies can help you talk to patients about nontraditional medicine.

How to have a comfortable discussion on sexuality

Do you squirm when patients ask about the affects of cancer on their sexuality? A therapist explains how to talk with cancer patients about sexuality.

Easing the effects of radiation therapy to the head and neck

Easing the effects of radiation therapy to the head and neck

A clinical evaluation demonstrates the effectiveness of a mucoadhesive polymer rinse on oral mucositis, a common side effect of radiotherapy.

Managing skin effects of EGFR inhibitor ­therapy

Managing skin effects of EGFR inhibitor ­therapy

Which patients, if any, should receive prophylactic antibiotics when starting therapy with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitors?

Coping with chemo brain

Coping with chemo brain

What is chemo brain, and what can be done for it?

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.

Metal implants may reduce chemotherapy side effects

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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