Supportive Care

Patients undergoing hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT) do not derive any benefit from the restrictive diet frequently prescribed to prevent infections, according to the results of a clinical trial presented during the 64th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition. Read More ›

Psychosocial Issues in Patients with Cancer: It’s Time for Real-World Interventions

San Francisco, CA—There is no shortage of research on psychosocial issues in patients with cancer, but implementation of this evidence in clinical practice has a long way to go, according to data presented at the 2019 Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium.

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San Francisco, CA—Cannabis has been credited as a medicinal plant with benefits ranging from pain and inflammation relief to epileptic seizure reduction to insomnia and anxiety cures, but the evidence is still limited, particularly in the setting of advanced cancer.

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Key Considerations for Implementing a Scalp Cooling Program
Although chemotherapy-induced alopecia (CIA) is often reversible, in some patients, it can have a negative impact on body image, and lead to increased psycho­social distress and/or decreased quality of life. The severity of CIA depends on several factors, including the type, dose, and schedule of chemotherapy. Read More ›

Between 2014 and 2060, the population of Americans aged ≥65 years is projected to more than double, ushering in a transformation of our workforce, healthcare system, and understanding of aging.1 This generation, and those following, are expected to live longer and remain more active. Every day, the average life span increases by >5 hours, and a growing number of Americans at retirement age choose to continue working full-time.2,3 Unfortunately, with age comes higher rates of chronic illness, including cancer.4 In 2016, individuals aged ≥65 years represented 62% of all 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States, and by 2040, they are expected to represent 73% of a projected 26.1 million cancer survivors.5 Read More ›

At the 12th Annual New Orleans Summer Cancer Meeting, Jessica MacIntyre, ARNP, NP-C, AOCNP, Director, Clinical Operations, Office of the Director, and Co-Leader, Oncology Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, FL, discussed some of the most impactful supportive care abstracts from the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting, as well as the potential implications of this new research in the field of nursing. Read More ›

Adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer often wait too long to discuss their end-of-life preferences, or they do not discuss those preferences at all and pass away in a manner that is against their wishes. Read More ›

Providers caring for dying patients should be prepared to discuss physician-assisted death (PAD). Read More ›

Delaying medication processing is common, especially when it comes to oral cancer therapies. Oncologists at 3 oncology clinics looked at such barriers and the potential impact on patient outcomes. Read More ›

Prophylactic probiotics can potentially prevent radiation enteropathy, according to research presented by Matthew A. Ciorba, MD. Read More ›

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