Hypnosis: A Comparison of the Efficacy of an Intervention Across Patient Populations

Hypnosis: A Comparison of the Efficacy of an Intervention Across Patient Populations

Researchers sought to determine if men with prostate cancer would derive the same benefits from hypnosis as women with breast cancer. Their results highlight significant differences in what is helpful for men vs women.

Staff Education Leads to Increase in Oncology Rehabilitation Referrals

Staff Education Leads to Increase in Oncology Rehabilitation Referrals

Educational intervention for oncology clinicians at a rural Michigan oncology clinic does not demonstrate a statistically significant increase in referrals to rehabilitation; however, results show a clinically significant improvement in identification of need, communication among staff, and potential for greater referrals.

Radiation-Induced Esophagitis: A Common, Debilitating Clinical Challenge in Thoracic Radiotherapy

Radiation-Induced Esophagitis: A Common, Debilitating Clinical Challenge in Thoracic Radiotherapy

A review of current options and ongoing trials for managing ARIE, a common esophageal adverse effect caused by radiotherapy to the thoracic region for lung, breast, or head and neck cancers, or lymphoma.

Mitomycin Extravasation Protocol

Mitomycin Extravasation Protocol

What is the protocol for extravasation of Mitomycin C?

Evidence-Based Practices, No CLABSIs Achieved Through Quality Improvement

Evidence-Based Practices, No CLABSIs Achieved Through Quality Improvement

Faced with an increasing CLABSI rate on their oncology unit, nurse leaders at this rural Northwest hospital surveyed their staff to identify the changes they needed to make. Implementing those changes resulted in a dramatic improvement in patient care outcomes.

Taste Changes After Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Affect QOL in Blood Cancers

Taste Changes After Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Affect QOL in Blood Cancers

Slight changes in taste perceptions are noted in patients undergoing HSCT for hematologic cancers. In this study, researchers sought to determine how these changes affect quality of life and nutritional intake.

Support for Exercise Programs During, After Cancer Treatment

Support for Exercise Programs During, After Cancer Treatment

Which organizations recommend incorporating physical activity into cancer care and why?

Olanzapine Use to Prevent Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting

Olanzapine Use to Prevent Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting

Why is the antipsychotic olanzapine (Zyprexa) being used to prevent nausea?

Approach and Management of Checkpoint Inhibitor-related Immune Hepatitis

Approach and Management of Checkpoint Inhibitor-related Immune Hepatitis

[Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology] A review of diagnostic parameters and management modalities for checkpoint inhibitor-induced hepatic toxicity is presented.

Managing Chemo Brain in Pediatric Survivors of Childhood Cancer

Managing Chemo Brain in Pediatric Survivors of Childhood Cancer

Reintegration to the general environment, particularly to school, can be challenging for survivors of childhood cancers. This review discusses how adverse effects such as chemo brain may present extra challenges for these patients and what can be done to ease patients' anxiety.

Advances in Prevention, Treatment of RT-Associated Radiodermatitis Hold Promise

Advances in Prevention, Treatment of RT-Associated Radiodermatitis Hold Promise

This review of radiodermatitis, a common adverse effect of radiation therapy, discusses preventive and treatment options available that reduce and/or minimize symptoms of the condition.

Resolving Vaginal Dryness in Women With a History of Breast Cancer

Resolving Vaginal Dryness in Women With a History of Breast Cancer

What are some nonhormonal treatments that can improve vaginal dryness in women with a history of breast cancer?

Incidence of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder High Among Patients With Cancer

Incidence of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder High Among Patients With Cancer

Study evaluates the incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder in patients with cancer from diagnosis through survivorship.

Clinical Aspects of Foot Health and Their Influence on Quality of Life Among Breast Cancer Survivors: A Case-control Study

Clinical Aspects of Foot Health and Their Influence on Quality of Life Among Breast Cancer Survivors: A Case-control Study

[Cancer Management and Research] Researchers determined the effect of breast cancer and its treatment on quality of life relative to foot health issues.

Bundling Interventions Bridges Gender Gap in AYA Cancer Fertility Discussions

Bundling Interventions Bridges Gender Gap in AYA Cancer Fertility Discussions

In this companion piece to our November column, we discuss the unique challenges to preserving the fertility of female patients with cancer and current options.

Opioid Epidemic Response May Be Limiting Cancer-Related Pain Management

Opioid Epidemic Response May Be Limiting Cancer-Related Pain Management

A report on current legislation and practice trends regarding opioids and how they are affecting cancer patients' ability to manage their pain.

A Structured Group Exercise Program for Patients With Metastatic Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy and CTNNB1 (β-catenin) as a Biomarker of Exercise Efficacy

A Structured Group Exercise Program for Patients With Metastatic Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy and CTNNB1 (β-catenin) as a Biomarker of Exercise Efficacy

[Cancer Management and Research] This research explores the feasibility of group exercise intervention using strength and aerobic training for patients with metastatic cancer undergoing chemotherapy.

Fertility Preservation in Male Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer

Fertility Preservation in Male Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer

Increasing survival rates for AYA patients with cancer have heightened the importance of discussing fertility preservation options. In this column, we review the options for male patients and the significance of including a discussion of them as part of treatment planning.

Critical Thinking Key to Effective Management of Adverse Effects in Lymphoma

Critical Thinking Key to Effective Management of Adverse Effects in Lymphoma

Nurses' critical thinking perspective is key to recognizing and managing adverse effects in patients with lymphoma, and staying ahead of the curve in a rapidly changing clinical setting.

A Case of Immunotherapy-Induced Myocarditis Concomitant to MG in Lung Cancer

A Case of Immunotherapy-Induced Myocarditis Concomitant to MG in Lung Cancer

In this case, a female patient with advanced lung cancer experiences a rare episode of nivolumab-induced Herzmyasthenie, emphasizing the need to be aware of the potential for rapid myocarditis concomitant with MG in patients undergoing treatment with anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibodies.

Complications and Management of Coagulation Disorders in Leukemia Patients

Complications and Management of Coagulation Disorders in Leukemia Patients

[Blood and Lymphatic Cancer: Targets and Therapy] Investigators conduct 4 case studies that illustrate a range of coagulation disorders that can develop in patients with leukemia to elucidate the rationale and process of specific treatment options.

Treating Intractable Hiccups in Advanced Cancer, Palliative Care Setting

Treating Intractable Hiccups in Advanced Cancer, Palliative Care Setting

Intractable hiccups can be especially problematic in the advanced cancer and palliative care settings. Dr Thompson, an oncology pharmacist, reviews options for effective medical management of this condition.

Affect of Daratumumab on Laboratory Blood Test Results

Affect of Daratumumab on Laboratory Blood Test Results

Do monoclonal antibodies other than daratumumab cause false positives in the blood antibody screen and crossmatch obtained prior to a transfusion?

Early Recognition of Checkpoint Inhibitor-Related Pneumonitis Improves Outcomes

Early Recognition of Checkpoint Inhibitor-Related Pneumonitis Improves Outcomes

As the use of checkpoint inhibitors increases in many types of cancer, oncology nurses need to learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of pneumonitis, a rare but life-threatening adverse effect of these agents.

Reducing Rectal Injury in Men Receiving Prostate Cancer Radiation Therapy: Current Perspectives

Reducing Rectal Injury in Men Receiving Prostate Cancer Radiation Therapy: Current Perspectives

[Cancer Management and Research] In this review, investigators discuss measures that can minimize the damage to the rectum during radiation therapy including dose constraints, IMRT, image-guided radiation therapy, dose-volume histograms, and hypofraction.

Preventing Body-Trauma Triggers During Radiation Therapy for Cancer

Preventing Body-Trauma Triggers During Radiation Therapy for Cancer

Some patients undergoing radiation therapy may experience traumatic symptoms if they had a prior experience that triggered their "fight, flight, or freeze" response. Somatic experiencing may help these patients manage their symptoms during their radiation treatments.

Chemotherapy-associated Paronychia Treated With 2% Povidone-iodine: A Series of Cases

Chemotherapy-associated Paronychia Treated With 2% Povidone-iodine: A Series of Cases

[Cancer Management and Research] This research examines cases of chemotherapy-induced nail changes in individuals treated with taxanes and EGFR inhibitors.

Taxane-based Chemotherapy May Diminish Balance, Gait in Breast Cancer Survivors

Taxane-based Chemotherapy May Diminish Balance, Gait in Breast Cancer Survivors

Breast cancer survivors who received taxane-based chemotherapy for their disease are at increased risk for falls due to CIPN and treatment-associated effects on balance and gait.

Program Focuses on How to 'Look Good Feel Better' During Cancer Treatment

Program Focuses on How to 'Look Good Feel Better' During Cancer Treatment

American Cancer Society (ACS) program teaches patients with cancer how to repair their physical image when faced with the changes in their appearance brought on by cancer treatments.

Managing Pain in the Crosshairs of an Opioid Crisis and HCAHPS-related Demands

Managing Pain in the Crosshairs of an Opioid Crisis and HCAHPS-related Demands

Patient expectations, clinician perception, and institutional objectives create a perfect storm of conflicting interests regarding pain management, especially given the current trend to control opioid use.

Rolapitant Eases CINV in Patients Receiving Highly, Moderately Emetogenic Chemotherapy

Rolapitant Eases CINV in Patients Receiving Highly, Moderately Emetogenic Chemotherapy

Long-acting NK-1 receptor antagonist rolapitant demonstrates significant efficacy in managing CINV in patients receiving HEC or MEC for cancer.

Distress Management Tool Gets an Update, Patient Version

Distress Management Tool Gets an Update, Patient Version

A review of the updated NCCN Guidelines is presented with a look at the newly published Guideline for Patients.

Mastectomy Skin Flap Necrosis: Challenges and Solutions

Mastectomy Skin Flap Necrosis: Challenges and Solutions

[Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy] This research discusses the management options for incidents of mastectomy skin flap necrosis (MSFN).

Optimal Management of Myeloma With Bortezomib

Optimal Management of Myeloma With Bortezomib

In this review of the role of bortezomib in the treatment of multiple myeloma, the researchers explain what nurses need to watch for in patients taking this drug.

Updated ASTRO Guideline Bolsters Safety, Efficacy of Palliative RT for Bone Metastases

Updated ASTRO Guideline Bolsters Safety, Efficacy of Palliative RT for Bone Metastases

Palliative radiotherapy for bone metastases is safe, effective — but controversy persists for single-fraction treatment.

The Integration of Cannabis in Oncologic Care

The Integration of Cannabis in Oncologic Care

Despite recent new legislation, medical marijuana as an adjunct to palliative and end-of-life care remains controversial. But a greater acceptance within both the medical community and the lay public is prompting research on how it can be integrated into standard care.

Myalgia-arthralgia Syndrome Associated With Taxanes in Patients with Breast Cancer

Myalgia-arthralgia Syndrome Associated With Taxanes in Patients with Breast Cancer

[Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy] This research examines predisposing factors, prevention, and therapy of myalgia-arthralgia syndrome (M-AS).

Hypnosis and Its Use in Cancer Treatment

Hypnosis and Its Use in Cancer Treatment

A cursory look at hypnosis and where it may be used to offer an alternative and side-effect-free management of several aspects of care that can be beneficial to patients with cancer.

What You Do Not Know Could Hurt You: What Women Wish Their Doctors Had Told Them About Chemotherapy Side Effects on Memory and Response to Alcohol

What You Do Not Know Could Hurt You: What Women Wish Their Doctors Had Told Them About Chemotherapy Side Effects on Memory and Response to Alcohol

[Breast Cancer: Basic and Clinical Research] This research examines the incidence of alcohol and memory-related side effects of chemotherapy in female cancer patients.

Preventing Tumor Lysis Syndrome in Patients Receiving Venetoclax

Preventing Tumor Lysis Syndrome in Patients Receiving Venetoclax

What precautions should be taken to prevent tumor lysis syndrome (TLS) in patients receiving venetoclax (Venclexta)?

Technique for Minimizing Chemotherapy-Induced Alopecia Gaining a Foothold in the States

Technique for Minimizing Chemotherapy-Induced Alopecia Gaining a Foothold in the States

Inducing vasoconstriction in the scalp of patients with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy effectively reduces the amount of drug that reaches the hair follicles and hair-cell metabolism, minimizing one of the most dreaded side effects of treatment.

Pseudohyperkalemia: False Potassium Levels Occur in a Patient With Lymphoma

Pseudohyperkalemia: False Potassium Levels Occur in a Patient With Lymphoma

The patient's history and current blood work results indicated a dangerously high potassium level. But a meticulously handled redraw proved it false.

Expectations of Chemotherapy Side Effects Influence Patients' Experiences During Breast Cancer Treatment

Expectations of Chemotherapy Side Effects Influence Patients' Experiences During Breast Cancer Treatment

Recent studies indicate that adverse side effects can result from factors unrelated to the pharmacologic agent, but rather from other factors.

PMPS: A Common Late Effect of Surgery and Radiation for Breast Cancer

PMPS: A Common Late Effect of Surgery and Radiation for Breast Cancer

Postmastectomy pain syndrome (PMPS) is a debilitating late effect of surgery and radiation therapy for breast cancer.

Bordetella Pertussis Infection in Patients With Cancer

Bordetella Pertussis Infection in Patients With Cancer

[Cancer Control] Two cases of Bordetella pertussis infection that led to pneumonia in patients with cancer are reviewed.

Fertility Risk Assessment and Preservation in Male and Female Prepubertal and Adolescent Cancer Patients

Fertility Risk Assessment and Preservation in Male and Female Prepubertal and Adolescent Cancer Patients

[Clinical Medicine Insights: Oncology] Fertility preservation represents an essential part in the management of young patients with cancer who are at risk of premature gonadal failure; this research examines available data on fertility risk assessment and preservation strategies that should be addressed prior to antineoplastic therapy.

A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of the Risk of Diarrhea Associated With Vandetanib Treatment in Carcinoma Patients

A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of the Risk of Diarrhea Associated With Vandetanib Treatment in Carcinoma Patients

[OncoTargets and Therapy] This research examines overall risks of all-grade and high-grade diarrhea during vandetanib treatment, to gain a better understanding of its prediction and management.

Improving Tools for Managing Pain and Monitoring Sedation Among Patients With Cancer

Improving Tools for Managing Pain and Monitoring Sedation Among Patients With Cancer

Managing pain with opioids and keeping a close eye on adverse effects is an important part of cancer care. But there is room for improvement in pain management tools, and nurses play a key role in their evolution.

Sleep Disorders in Cancer Radiation Therapy: Little Understood, Often Undetected — and Important

Sleep Disorders in Cancer Radiation Therapy: Little Understood, Often Undetected — and Important

Sleep patterns and habits should be a part of oncology nurses' routine patient assessment, as sleep disorders can be a significant challenge for cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.

Dronabinol for Chemotherapy-induced Nausea and Vomiting Unresponsive to Antiemetics

Dronabinol for Chemotherapy-induced Nausea and Vomiting Unresponsive to Antiemetics

[Cancer Management and Research] This review focuses on dronabinol and its role in the treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV).

Implementing a Distress Screening Process for Cancer Patients

Implementing a Distress Screening Process for Cancer Patients

Highest points of distress experienced by patients with cancer at 1 institution are identified in this study to better implement distress screening.

Bone Pain Due to White Blood Cell Growth Factors

Bone Pain Due to White Blood Cell Growth Factors

How is loratadine used to treat bone pain in patients receiving white blood cell growth factors?

Innovative Radiotherapy Controls Late Effects in Hodgkin Lymphoma in Pediatric and AYA Patients

Innovative Radiotherapy Controls Late Effects in Hodgkin Lymphoma in Pediatric and AYA Patients

Radiotherapy is the most effective single modality for local control of Hodgkin lymphoma. Involved site radiotherapy is a recent innovation intended to reduce the risk of late effects—an urgent goal, particularly for adolescent and young adult patients.

Predicting Seizure Incidence and Frequency in Survivors of Pediatric Brain Tumors

Predicting Seizure Incidence and Frequency in Survivors of Pediatric Brain Tumors

Researchers at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center sought to assess the effects of treatment for brain tumors in children over 10 years of follow-up.

Oral Mucositis: The Bane of Head and Neck Radiotherapy

Oral Mucositis: The Bane of Head and Neck Radiotherapy

Guidelines and novel approaches are helping clinicians to more effectively manage this debilitating side effect of radiation treatment for cancer.

Tell me about your prostate cancer symptoms ... Will most men talk or walk?

Tell me about your prostate cancer symptoms ... Will most men talk or walk?

Approximately 97% of men with advanced prostate cancer report being comfortable discussing their symptoms with their health care team. But the number of men who actually do so is significantly lower.

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.

Survivors of adolescent and early adult cancers face neurocognitive, psychosocial challenges

Survivors of adolescent and early adult cancers face neurocognitive, psychosocial challenges

New study strengthens the case that some adolescents and young adults with cancer may struggle in later adulthood with brain and emotional function.

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.

The impact of 5-hydroxytryptamine-receptor antagonists on chemotherapy treatment adherence, treatment delay, and nausea and vomiting

The impact of 5-hydroxytryptamine-receptor antagonists on chemotherapy treatment adherence, treatment delay, and nausea and vomiting

[Cancer Management and Research] This research examines the incidence of chemotherapy-induced nausea/vomiting (CINV) and treatment delay among patients receiving palonosetron versus other 5-hydroxytryptamine receptor antagonist (5-HT3 RA) antiemetics.

Treatment for radiation-induced xerostomia

Treatment for radiation-induced xerostomia

For patients with radiation-induced xerostomia, ALTENS may reduce symptom burden with less side effects than current standard treatment.

Efficacy of Cathflo at suggested volume

Efficacy of Cathflo at suggested volume

Given reservoir volume and catheter length, 2.2 mL of Cathflo does not seem to be enough volume to reach the tip, thus the sheath/clot. Are there any reports of using larger volumes?

'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.

Counseling cancer patients on effective nutritional practices

Counseling cancer patients on effective nutritional practices

Patients with GI cancer may struggle to maintain nutritional status; therefore, nurses should be ready to step in with information and interventions.

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).

Identifying biomarkers for radiation pneumonitis

Identifying biomarkers for radiation pneumonitis

Interstitial lung disease appears to be a risk factor for radiation pneumonitis, a potentially life-threatening adverse effect of radiotherapy to the chest and thorax.

The unmet needs of cancer survivors: Quantifying the long-term effects of cancer

The unmet needs of cancer survivors: Quantifying the long-term effects of cancer

Long-lasting effects of cancer can plague patients for years after they complete their treatments. In this study, researchers sought to measure which problems plagued patients the most and for the longest time.

Maximum tolerated doses of gemcitabine

Maximum tolerated doses of gemcitabine

How much more toxicity and myelosuppression has been associated with gemcitabine (Gemzar) when it is infused over periods longer than 30 minutes?

Cancer-Associated Thrombosis: An Overview

Cancer-Associated Thrombosis: An Overview

This review examines the epidemiology and pathophysiology of cancer-associated thrombosis, risk factors, and new predictive biomarkers for venous thromboembolism (VTE).

Using genomic correlates of radiotoxicity to predict patient outcomes

Using genomic correlates of radiotoxicity to predict patient outcomes

Radiogenomics is maturing into a predictor of patients' likelihood of experiencing radiotoxicities and late radiation effects.

Managing oral side effects of irinotecan therapy

Managing oral side effects of irinotecan therapy

Is there an effective way to manage the oral side effects of irinotecan therapy?

Quantifying mental disorders in patients with cancer

Quantifying mental disorders in patients with cancer

Researchers in Germany interviewed more than 2,000 patients with cancer to gather epidemiologic data on mental health of patients with cancer.

Cancer prehabilitation: One step toward improved outcomes

Cancer prehabilitation: One step toward improved outcomes

As cancer care evolves toward anticipatory rather than reactionary care, oncology nurses should consider developing important new skills.

Impact of vitamins, supplements, and diet on cancer treatment-related hair loss

Impact of vitamins, supplements, and diet on cancer treatment-related hair loss

Can vitamins or supplements help address hair loss caused by cancer therapy?

Vitamin B can ease peripheral neuropathy symptoms

Vitamin B can ease peripheral neuropathy symptoms

Is there any truth to the theory that vitamin B6 helps with chemotherapy-induced neuropathy?

Management of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV)

Management of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV)

Could a medication indicated for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy resolve the same symptoms in patients undergoing chemotherapy?

Prior diagnosis of depression worsens outcomes in prostate cancer

Prior diagnosis of depression worsens outcomes in prostate cancer

Men with diagnosed depressive disorders are less likely to pursue definitive treatment options for prostate cancer and more likely to have poorer outcomes.

A review of radiotherapy-induced hypopituitarism

A review of radiotherapy-induced hypopituitarism

Some patients undergoing radiotherapy for cancers of the head, neck, and brain are at risk for endocrinopathies. This article reviews the risks, detection, and management of radiotherapy-induced hypopituitarism.

Not all grapefruits have the same effect on drug metabolism

Not all grapefruits have the same effect on drug metabolism

The furanocoumarins in grapefruits interact with some medications—does eating a grapefruit allow for lower drug dosages?

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.

ONA Interview: Integrating nursing care with the nutrition support team

ONA Interview: Integrating nursing care with the nutrition support team

Noreen Luszcz, RD, MBA, CNSC, nutrition program director for Walgreens Infusion Services, answers questions about nutrition therapy for patients with cancer.

Preventing radiotherapy-associated sexual dysfunction in prostate cancer

Preventing radiotherapy-associated sexual dysfunction in prostate cancer

Sexual dysfunction is a common and distressing side effect of prostate cancer treatment. Two new reports from randomized clinical trials offer mixed results for adjuvant pharmacotherapy intended to prevent erectile dysfunction in men undergoing radiotherapy for prostate cancer.

Radiation Therapy for Cancer (Fact Sheet)

Radiation Therapy for Cancer (Fact Sheet)

This fact sheet examines radiation therapy, including forms of administration and potential side effects of treatment.

Diagnosis of radiation recall hampered by delayed occurrence

Diagnosis of radiation recall hampered by delayed occurrence

Although uncommon, this side effect of radiation with adjuvant drug therapy is unpredictable, sometimes delayed, and can occur with administration of antibiotics and other drugs as well as chemotherapy.

Adjuvant endocrine therapy and alopecia

Adjuvant endocrine therapy and alopecia

A patient on adjuvant endocrine therapy for breast cancer is complaining of hair loss. Could the alopecia be due to her endocrine therapy?

Breast cancer survivors troubled most by postmastectomy pain

Women with breast cancer who undergo surgery rate persistent postmastectomy pain as the most troubling symptom.

Lung cancer: Guidelines, new drugs improve outcomes

Lung cancer: Guidelines, new drugs improve outcomes

Advances in treatments, better risk assessment, and effective supportive care are leading to better outcomes for patients with lung cancer.

Smoking while on chemotherapy

Smoking while on chemotherapy

What is the impact of nicotine use on the efficacy of chemotherapy? What information is important to discuss with patients who continue to smoke while on chemotherapy?

How to maintain nutritional status during cancer therapy

This primer on diet and nutrition focuses on counseling patients on how, what, and when to eat to maintain their weight and nutritional status.

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.

Weight gain in patients undergoing cancer treatment

Weight gain in patients undergoing cancer treatment

Everyone talks about weight loss during cancer treatments, but what about weight gain, especially during treatment for breast cancer?

The effects of pectin

The effects of pectin

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

Pain management in patients receiving palliative care

Pain management in patients receiving palliative care

Understanding pain mechanisms and the types, triggers, and alleviating factors is needed to provide effective analgesia for patients with cancer.

Is it fat loss or muscle wasting? Understanding cachexia

Cancer cachexia is more than an involuntary weight loss. The debilitating side effect has a significant impact on prognosis for patients with cancer.

Questions about side effects? Your patients' perhaps not so surprising source for answers

Questions about side effects? Your patients' perhaps not so surprising source for answers

Many cancer patients go to the Internet with their questions about side effect management. But the information they glean is from reliable sources—other cancer patients.

Radiotherapy side effects: Understanding pelvic radiation disease

Radiotherapy side effects: Understanding pelvic radiation disease

The key to managing this late effect is patient education because it can manifest long after patients complete radiotherapy.

Study results support patient concerns about a controversial side effect of therapy

Study results support patient concerns about a controversial side effect of therapy

A posttreatment assessment of men who underwent treatment for prostate cancer revealed a side effect that has a significant impact on patients.

After the treatments end: Do your patients with prostate cancer know about this potential effect?

A posttreatment assessment of men who underwent treatment for prostate cancer revealed a side effect that has a significant impact on patients.

Cautions for folic acid use

Folic acid can interfere with certain chemotherapy drugs. Is there an acceptable level of folic acid or should it be avoided completely?

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