Side-Effect Management

CRF relief: Exercise still trumps pharmaceutical interventions

CRF relief: Exercise still trumps pharmaceutical interventions

Recent studies show the evidence continues to support exercise and holistic measures as the most effective intervention for cancer-related fatigue.

Assessment process evaluation confirms nurse comprehension and improved completion time

Assessment process evaluation confirms nurse comprehension and improved completion time

Pre- and postimplementation surveys are effective tools to confirm staff understanding of and adherence to a new neurologic assessment process for patients receiving high-dose cytarabine.

Nurse-led interventions improved dyspnea and fatigue in patients with lung cancer

Nurse-led interventions improved dyspnea and fatigue in patients with lung cancer

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—Patients with lung cancer can achieve improved dyspnea and fatigue scores when provided with information and support from a nurse-led symptom management program, according to a study presented at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

Acupuncture effectively improves appetite in patients with GI tract cancer

Acupuncture effectively improves appetite in patients with GI tract cancer

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—Appetite was improved in patients with GI cancer who received acupuncture therapy, according to a study presented at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

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 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.

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.

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.

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