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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.

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.

Burnout Found in Most Palliative Care Clinicians

Burnout Found in Most Palliative Care Clinicians

Greatest risk of burnout in palliative care for younger doctors and those working more than 50 hours per week.

Limited Time for Discussion, Limited Access to Secondary Supports Among Barriers to Palliative Care

Limited Time for Discussion, Limited Access to Secondary Supports Among Barriers to Palliative Care

Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium: Limited time, support, and case management among barriers that hinder ability to provide palliative care.

Mindfulness Improves Cancer-Related Quality of Life and Decreases Emotional Stress

Mindfulness Improves Cancer-Related Quality of Life and Decreases Emotional Stress

Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium: Dispositional mindfulness may promote flourishing when confronting cancer.

In Breast Cancer, Goserelin Protects Against Ovarian Failure

In Breast Cancer, Goserelin Protects Against Ovarian Failure

For patients with breast cancer, use of the gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist, goserelin, protects against ovarian failure.

Prophylactic Effect of Urea-Based Cream on Sorafenib Skin Reactions

Prophylactic Effect of Urea-Based Cream on Sorafenib Skin Reactions

Onset of sorafenib-associated hand-foot skin reactions can be delayed by urea-based cream plus best supportive care in advanced hepatocellular carcinoma.

Group Psychotherapy Beneficial in Advanced Cancer

Group Psychotherapy Beneficial in Advanced Cancer

Improvements in patient with advanced cancer in quality of life, reduction in psychological distress.

Treating Hypercalcemia in Patients with Cancer

Treating Hypercalcemia in Patients with Cancer

Hypercalcemia is one of the most common laboratory abnormalities in patients with cancer, and oncologists should know how to identify and treat it.

Surveillance Until Rituximab Retreatment Does Not Increase Anxiety in Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Surveillance Until Rituximab Retreatment Does Not Increase Anxiety in Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma relapse is not a cause for increased anxiety if recurrence is quickly addressed with well tolerated therapy.

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