Fish Oil Supplements
Omega-3 may be harmful when taken in conjunction with chemotherapy.
Guided Meditation for Oncology Nurses
Free online resource available.
Integrative Medicine Resources
The Search for Well-Being: Treating the Whole Person in the New Health Care Era. A Primer on Integrative Medicine is a free booklet that can be viewed online or downloaded
My Worst Nightmare: A Spelling Bee With Only Oncology Drug Names
An oncologist told me he retired because he couldn't pronounce the names of the drugs anymore.
Late Effects of Transplantation
Increased risk of bone fracture noted among patients aged 45-64 years.
Cancer Care in 2015
ASCO's report identifies progress and challenges
Treating Elderly Patients: How Old Is Too Old?
The terminology of aging has changed over the past decade or so, and we're now using phrases such as young old (aged 60 to 69 years), middle old (aged 70 to 79 years), and the very old (aged 80+).
Risk of Developing Cancer
Recent statistics predict lifetime probabilities.
Delivering Bad News
Optimistic messages convey a higher level of compassion.
ASCO's PRE-ACT Program Educates Patients About Clinical Trials
Online patient education program provides short videos.
Combining Alcohol and Medications
Older adults are at higher risk for interactions
"The Sixth Vital Sign": Screening for Psychosocial Distress
Screening for psychosocial distress is an important component of care, and has even been referred to as the "sixth vital sign."
The Price of Biosimilars
Part II of a series on these new agents
An Introduction to Biosimilars
Part I of a series on these newly approved agents.
Results From Long Term Tamoxifen Study
Protective effect of tamoxifen continues after treatment stops.
Palliative Care Quality Measures
Focus is often on physical, and not psychosocial, concerns.
Trends in Colon Cancer
Decline seen for older adults but rates are rising for young adults.
Death With Dignity
Brittany Maynard is now the face of the "right-to- die movement" after the news media began covering her controversial decision to end her life, on her own terms, on November 1, 2014.
End-of-Life Care in the USA
A third of patients die within a week of initiating hospice care.
A third of patients in a large study reported distress within the prior month
Pregnancy During Diagnosis or Treatment
Unusual, but does occur.
Office practice identifies ways to improve monitoring and adherence.
Patients report that financial and work-related hardships persist beyond treatment.
Dying in America
Institute of Medicine report notes that major reform is needed.
Palliative Care Booklet Now Available
ASCO publishes 32-page information guide.
ASCO Releases Position Statement on Obesity and Cancer
Oncology care team is essential to helping patients make lifestyle changes.
FDA Approves Antiemetic
A single dose of the combination drug prevents acute and delayed nausea.
Patient Portals: Who is most likely to access their electronic medical records?
A number of practices are grappling with how to implement meaningful use objectives, including patients' access to their medical records.
Optimizing Adherence to Oral Anticancer Agents: No "One Size Fits All" Solution
An oncologist who recently retired from practice told me that he retired because he couldn't pronounce the names of the drugs anymore. We can all relate to his observation that the number of new anticancer agents is increasing.
Axillary Dissection: No survival advantage seen for older women
To address the question of whether axillary dissection is necessary in older women, researchers in Milan, Italy recruited 238 women aged 65-80 years with cT1cN0 breast cancer and randomized them to receive conservative surgery with or without axillary node dissection.
PVd Confers a Small OS Benefit to Patients With Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma
Neoadjuvant Durvalumab Combination Misses Mark in EGFR+ NSCLC
Durvalumab Garners Similar OS, Albeit Varied PFS, Outcomes in EGFR+ and EGFR-Wildtype NSCLC Subgroups
Quizartinib Extends Overall Survival Across Multiple Subgroups in FLT3-ITD+ AML
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