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TON - January 2017, Vol 10, No 1

Adult hospice and palliative care patients with hyperactive delirium symptoms who were given risperidone or haloperidol had greater delirium symptoms at 72 hours than those given placebo.
Racial inequality in healthcare is a long-standing problem that has been studied for decades. The Accountability for Cancer Care through Undoing Racism and Equity (ACCURE) trial shows that it is possible to improve access to potentially curative care for African-American patients so that they are on a level playing field with white patients.
Through staff collaboration and the creation of patient narratives in electronic medical records, spiritual care plans encourage caregivers to remember the human spirit of their patients with cancer.
A persistent medi­­cation safety issue is getting the attention it has long deserved.
Prophylactic probiotics can potentially prevent radiation enteropathy, according to research presented by Matthew A. Ciorba, MD.
Lori Williams, PhD, RN, has worked in oncology nursing for more than 30 years, and focuses her research on symptoms of cancer and cancer treatment.
On December 19, 2016, the FDA granted accelerated approval to rucaparib (Rubraca; Clovis Oncology Inc), a poly ADP-ribose polymerase inhibitor, for the treatment of patients with advanced ovarian cancer whose tumors have deleterious BRCA gene mutation, and who have been treated with ≥2 chemotherapies.
Adherence to infusional or injectable anticancer drugs is not problematic—as long as the patient gets the infusion or injection, adherence is assured—but adherence is an emergent problem with newer oral anticancer drugs.
Although patient self-reporting of symptoms has been shown to improve longitudinal tracking of symptoms and increase patient engagement in their care, these assessment tools are often underutilized in clinical care.
Parents with inherited cancer mutations often wonder when to disclose results to their children and what affect it will have on them.
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