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Poor Parent-to-Provider Agreement in Pediatric Cancer

Poor Parent-to-Provider Agreement in Pediatric Cancer

Poor concordance regarding prognosis and goals of care; variation seen by cancer type.

Methylprednisolone Doesn't Enhance Opioids' Analgesic Effect on Cancer Pain

Methylprednisolone Doesn't Enhance Opioids' Analgesic Effect on Cancer Pain

In advanced cancer patients receiving opioids, methylprednisolone does not add to analgesic effect.

Infection Risk Higher in Cancer Patients With Central Venous Cather Use

Infection Risk Higher in Cancer Patients With Central Venous Cather Use

Researchers call for careful assessment of need for long-term CVCs and targeted strategies for reducing infections.

Researchers Review Cancer-related Depression Treatments

Researchers Review Cancer-related Depression Treatments

Two classes of antidepressants may alleviate cancer-related depressive symptoms.

Cancer Survivors Need Improved Follow-up Care

Cancer Survivors Need Improved Follow-up Care

More effort is needed to enhance the follow-up care of cancer survivors.

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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.

Half of Cancer Staff Believe Dignified Death Possible In-Center

Half of Cancer Staff Believe Dignified Death Possible In-Center

But 95 percent of palliative care staff indicate that patients die with dignity in their wards.

Palliative Care Integration and Expertise Are Pressing Goals for Oncologists

Palliative Care Integration and Expertise Are Pressing Goals for Oncologists

There is still more work to be done to ensure that palliative care is understood.

Early Palliative Support for Family Caregivers Reduces Depression

Early Palliative Support for Family Caregivers Reduces Depression

CHICAGO, IL— Family members caring for patients with advanced cancer benefit from early initiation of phone-based training and support.

Patricia Ganz, MD: Changing the Conversation on Palliative Care

Patricia Ganz, MD, offers advice on how to "change the conversation" on palliative care.

Palliative Care Goes to Washington

Palliative Care Goes to Washington

New legislation aims to mandate action on an important aspect of cancer care.

Rolapitant Submitted for Approval for Prevention of Chemo-Induced Nausea and Vomiting

Rolapitant Submitted for Approval for Prevention of Chemo-Induced Nausea and Vomiting

NDA submitted for rolapitant for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV).

Research Sheds Light on Cachexia, Further Studies Needed to Implement Treatment Strategies

Research Sheds Light on Cachexia, Further Studies Needed to Implement Treatment Strategies

Blocking the effects of parathyroid hormone-related protein may improve or prevent cachexia.

Combating Chemobrain: How to Keep Your Memory Sharp

Combating Chemobrain: How to Keep Your Memory Sharp

This fact sheet offers tips for patients to help keep their memory sharp during cancer treatment.

'Chemobrain' Linked to Changes in Brain Activity While Multitasking

'Chemobrain' Linked to Changes in Brain Activity While Multitasking

Results revealed a decrease in brain activation while performing a multitasking exercise among women with breast cancer who had undergone chemotherapy.

Antiemetic Gains Pediatric Indication for Chemo-induced Nausea, Vomiting

Antiemetic Gains Pediatric Indication for Chemo-induced Nausea, Vomiting

Eisai and the Helsinn Group announced that the FDA has approved Aloxi (palonosetron HCl) injection for the prevention of acute nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy in children aged 1 month to less than 17 years.

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