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Patients can be successfully managed with minimal opioid medication after urologic oncology surgery, said Kerri Stevenson, MN, NP-C, RNFA, CWOCN, Lead Advanced Practice Provider – Interventional Radiology, Stanford Health Care, CA, at the 2018 ASCO Quality Care Sym­posium. She presented results from a 4-month study conducted at Stanford Health Care. Over the course of the study, patients were able to decrease their opioid use after surgery by 46%, without compromising pain control.
According to Ann M. Berger, PhD, MSN, APRN, AOCNS, FAAN, Professor and Dorothy Hodges Olson Endowed Chair in Nursing, College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, there is an urgent need for further research in this area to alleviate these symptoms and enhance quality of life among survivors of all types of cancer.
Recent surveys have revealed that up to 25% of patients with cancer take some form cannabis, but oncologists and other medical providers are often unaware that their patients are using medical or recreational cannabis.

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