Symptom Management

Symptom Self-reporting Associated With Clinical Benefits

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Self-reporting of symptoms via tablet was benefit for patients, according to a study performed at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Pregabalin Not Effective for Cancer-induced Bone Pain

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Pregabalin is no more effective for cancer-induced bone pain than a placebo in patients receiving radiotherapy, a recent study indicates.

Research Demonstrates That Chinese Herbal Medicine Can Treat Cancer

Research Demonstrates That Chinese Herbal Medicine Can Treat Cancer

In a review of study results from 2,964 human clinical trials, Australia and Chinese university scientists found that Chinese herbal medicine offers significant treatment for most types of cancers.

How to manage myoclonus in patients on high-dose opioids

How to manage myoclonus in patients on high-dose opioids

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How should myoclonus be managed in patients taking high-dose opioids?

A niche is found in modern cancer therapy for the ancient spiritual practice of quigong

A niche is found in modern cancer therapy for the ancient spiritual practice of quigong

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Another therapeutic intervention can be added to the list of effective palliative care modalities available for patients with cancer: qigong (CHI gung). A newly published study found that the ancient mind-body practice ...

Cancer-related wasting may be controlled and controllable in liver

The liver may control the dramatic loss of body mass seen in cancer, and manipulation of a specific gene switch may delay the wasting process.

Nurse-led monitoring improves cancer-related fatigue

Nurse-led monitoring improves cancer-related fatigue

Protocolized patient-tailored treatment of physical symptoms improves fatigue in advanced cancer.

ONS Connections: School-age childhood cancer patients are resilient to fatigue during chemotherapy

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Over the trajectory of chemotherapy treatment, school-age children appear to develop resilience to fatigue.

ONS Connections: Decreased sexual interest most common persistent and bothersome symptom in breast cancer survivors

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Breast cancer survivors reported that decreased sexual interest was the symptom causing the most significant bother.

ONS Connections: Symptom clusters identified in patients with head and neck cancer after chemotherapy

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Two clusters of symptoms, one specific to head and neck cancer (HNC) and one related to gastrointestinal symptoms, were identified in patients with HNC.

ONS Connections: External lymphedema scale developed for head and neck cancer

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Lymphedema in patients with head and neck cancer can be described through an instrument that has been developed and validated.

Expectations too high for palliative chemotherapy

Many persons who receive chemotherapy for incurable cancers may not understand that the treatment is unlikely to be curative.

Patients could use more pointed guidance on exercise

Patients could use more pointed guidance on exercise

Support from oncology clinicians can encourage people with cancer to adopt an exercise regimen that can help relieve their symptoms and improve their function.

Reduced menopausal symptoms from breast cancer treatment through exercise and behavioral therapy

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Treatment-related menopausal symptoms were relieved for women with breast cancer who received cognitive behavioral therapy, physical exercise, or both.

Memory and thought-process training promising for managing breast cancer symptoms

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Memory and thought-process speed may be improved in breast cancer survivors, who often complain of problems with memory or feelings of mental slowness. A memory training program can improve memory performance, according to a recent study.

Getting to 'the heart of the bad'

Getting to 'the heart of the bad'

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I knew Sam's joking was not a sign of joy or happiness but his way of coping, maybe the only way he knew how.

Burden of giant-cell tumor of the bone reduced by denosumab

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When patients with giant-cell tumor of the bone were treated with denosumab, which is a drug targeted against a protein that promotes bone destruction, the number of tumor giant cells decreased and new bone formation increased.

Using a palliative approach to maintain nutrition and reduce discomfort in patients with EC

Using a palliative approach to maintain nutrition and reduce discomfort in patients with EC

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Prognosis for patients with esophageal cancer is poor. Care options focus on minimizing discomfort and maintaining nutritional status.

Bisphosphonates reduce fractures, pain of multiple myeloma

Adding bisphosphonates to myeloma treatment decreases fractures of the vertebra and bone pain, affirm the results of a review of 20 trials.

Cancer pain often undertreated, especially among minorities

One-third of outpatients with breast, prostate, colon/rectum, or lung cancer were receiving insufficient pain treatment, particularly minorities.

Walking wards off fatigue in pancreatic, periampullary cancers

A home walking program significantly improves fatigue levels and physical functioning in persons with pancreatic and periampullary cancers.

Opioids may spur tumor growth

Although opioid-based painkillers are a standard treatment for relieving cancer pain, they may actually contribute to disease progression.

Distress: Assessing the effects of coping with cancer

Distress: Assessing the effects of coping with cancer

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A cancer diagnosis can cause high levels of distress. Nurses should assess patients frequently and know how to intervene promptly.

Meditation techniques for cancer patients

The many benefits of meditation include reduce anxiety, ease pain, increase flexibility, and improve overall health. Although meditation is not a cure, it may improve quality of life for patients with cancer.

Integrative care options

Various activities can help patients cope with cancer and its treatments. These techniques should not replace medical care, but they can enhance patients' quality of life.

Abscopal effect strengthens combination therapy in a melanoma patient

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Combination therapy may be a promising treatment approach for patients with advanced melanoma who experience the abscopal effect.

Psychosocial approach useful in managing cancer pain

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Psychosocial interventions, including skills instruction and education, can help reduce pain in persons with cancer, confirm the results of a recent meta-analysis.

Proton therapy effective against prostate cancer

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Two studies published in International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics indicate that proton therapy is a useful treatment for prostate cancer.

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.

Oncologists need to sharpen their pain-management skills

The results of a recent survey suggest that pain-related knowledge and practice may not be up to par within the oncology community.

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