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Patients Prefer Physicians Conveying Positivity

Patients Prefer Physicians Conveying Positivity

Patients prefer physicians who convey a more optimistic message, and perceive in them a higher level of compassion.

Legal Challenges Begin for Biosimilar Agents

Legal Challenges Begin for Biosimilar Agents

As key biologics near the end of their patent-protection periods, industry is preparing for legal battles over biosimilar versions.

Presenteeism May Be a Problem for Oncologists and, Ultimately, Their Patients

Presenteeism May Be a Problem for Oncologists and, Ultimately, Their Patients

Research highlights how lack of guidelines regarding illness and adequate staffing at hospitals may be reason for oncologists working while sick.

Hospice Care for Patients with Advanced Cancer Has Significant Impact on Quality of Life

Hospice Care for Patients with Advanced Cancer Has Significant Impact on Quality of Life

Patients enrolled in hospice care had lower rates of healthcare utilization, and their costs for care were less during their last year of life.

Worse Quality of Life for Older Patients with Multiple Myeloma, Pancreatic Cancer

Worse Quality of Life for Older Patients with Multiple Myeloma, Pancreatic Cancer

Poor health outcomes for many survivors, especially survivors of multiple myeloma, pancreatic cancer.

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Nurses Collaborate to Facilitate Shared Decisions on Palliative Sedation

Nurses Collaborate to Facilitate Shared Decisions on Palliative Sedation

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—A multidisciplinary approach that also heavily incorporates input from patients and their families helped alleviate concerns about inappropriate use of palliative sedation and improved patient-centered care, a speaker said at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

Pain Remains Prevalent in Ambulatory Cancer

Pain Remains Prevalent in Ambulatory Cancer

Inadequate pain management, baseline pain severity linked to pain deterioration

Duloxetine Effective at Reducing Chemotherapy Pain

Duloxetine Effective at Reducing Chemotherapy Pain

Duloxetine is effective in reducing pain in patients with painful chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, especially in those receiving drug as initial treatment.

Opioid Prescriptions Underprescribed for Severe Pain in Elderly Patients with Cancer

A Canadian study has identified factors associated with opioid prescriptions for severe pain in the elderly: younger age, male sex, comorbid illness, type of cancer, and assessment at home, results of a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology published online February 27 has found.

Intrathecal Therapy Cost-Effective for Patients with Cancer Pain Who Have a Favorable Life-Expectancy

In selected patients with cancer pain on high-cost conventional regimens, intrathecal therapy may become cost-effective as early as seven months following implant, and greater duration of therapy is associated with reduced costs.

Gender Disparity in Receipt of End-of-Life Care

Gender Disparity in Receipt of End-of-Life Care

There are gender differences in receipt of end-of-life (EoL) care among terminally ill cancer patients.

Threading the cloak: palliative care education for care providers of adolescents, young adults with cancer

Threading the cloak: palliative care education for care providers of adolescents, young adults with cancer

[Clinical Oncology in Adolescents and Young Adults] Integration of palliative care at the time of diagnosis enables a supportive partnership with the medical team.

Early Initiation of Palliative Care Improves 1-Year Survival

Early Initiation of Palliative Care Improves 1-Year Survival

Early initiation of concurrent palliative oncology care improved 1-year survival compared with delayed initiation.

Data Collection Improves Patient Outcomes in Hospice, Palliative Care

Data Collection Improves Patient Outcomes in Hospice, Palliative Care

Routine data collection and feedback at point-of-care improves most patient outcomes in hospice and palliative care.

Many American Patients Receive Hospice Care Too Late

Many American Patients Receive Hospice Care Too Late

A third of patients beginning palliative care die within a week.

Nerve 'Invasion' May Impact Cancer Progression, Pain

Nerve 'Invasion' May Impact Cancer Progression, Pain

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

Aprepitant More Effective for CINV Prevention in Patients Receiving Oxaliplatin

Aprepitant More Effective for CINV Prevention in Patients Receiving Oxaliplatin

Adding aprepitant is more effective for prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) in colorectal cancer with oxaliplatin.

Early Radiation Postprostatectomy May Not Affect Erectile Function

Early Radiation Postprostatectomy May Not Affect Erectile Function

Research indicates the addition of the time from prostatectomy to radiation therapy was not significant for adverse events.

Almost Half of Colorectal Cancer Survivors Experience Continued Pain

Almost Half of Colorectal Cancer Survivors Experience Continued Pain

Almost half of colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors with pain interference (PI) during the initial phase of care have continued PI post-treatment.

Aprepitant Helps Prevent Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea, Vomiting

Aprepitant Helps Prevent Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea, Vomiting

Adding aprepitant to ondansetron is effective in preventing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) in pediatric patients.

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