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SAN ANTONIO—In a trial involving women with stage II/III breast cancer (N = 3360), adding zoledronic acid (ZA) to standard adjuvant chemotherapy did not prolong overall survival (OS) or disease-free survival (DFS) after a median follow-up of 59 months, contrary to some previous reports.
SAN ANTONIO—For women with human epidermal growth factor receptor type 2 (HER2)-overexpressing breast cancer, preoperative treatment with agents that block HER2 leads to high rates of pathological complete response (pCR), according to the results of three studies presented at the 33rd annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. 
ORLANDO—Patients often do not understand the terms clinicians use to describe their hematologic malignancies, such as myelodysplastic syndrome, which may lead to misunderstandings about their disease. 
ORLANDO—Low doses of alemtuzumab were effective in preventing graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) in leukemia patients receiving sibling and matched unrelated hematopoietic cell transplants. 

ORLANDO—Breakthrough pain in cancer patients can be managed easily and effectively with fentanyl pectin nasal spray, according to new data.

Minocycline, given before the start of treatment with cetuximab and chemoradiotherapy, plus topical pimecrolimus as needed, can reduce the severity of cetuximab-induced skin toxicity in patients with non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to researchers from The Netherlands.

ORLANDO—Women who are on intravenous (IV) chemotherapy regimens for recurrent ovarian carcinoma are at risk for nonadherence or nonpersistence with their treatment. But telephone support by an advanced practice nurse (APN) can lower this risk and even boost compliance, a new, nonrandomized study suggests.

Bevacizumab (Avastin, Genentech) has been a popular first-line treatment for metastatic breast cancer since 2008, when the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted special, fast-track approval for use in combination with paclitaxel. The accelerated approval was based on positive early findings from the E2100 trial, which showed that the addition of bevacizumab added 5.5 months of progression-free survival (PFS) over paclitaxel alone.

healthy work environment is one in which people are valued and priority is given to the multiple aspects of the workplace that affect employees’ ability to function well in order to accomplish the goals of the organization.1 Since its early days, nursing has been a profession of service in a high-stress, ever-changing healthcare environment, often without appropriate thanks, reward, recognition, or appreciation. The psychological implication

Oncology Nurses Play a Pivotal Role in Amyloidosis Management

Although primary amyloidosis is rare, oncology nurses have a broad range of responsibilities in managing patients who develop this disorder, researchers said.

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