Symptom Management

Patient-Reported Physical Symptoms More Likely to Be Addressed by Oncologists Than Depression or Anxiety

Meg Barbor, MPH

February 2019, Vol 9, No 2 - Symptom Management

Providers are more likely to respond to and act on patient-reported physical symptoms than they are to psychosocial symptoms, according to data presented at the 2018 ASCO Quality Care Symposium by Lisa Catherine Barbera, MD, MPA, Senior Scientist, Odette Cancer Centre, Department of Radiation Oncology, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Canada. [ Read More ]

Targeted Intervention Reduces Opioid Use by Nearly 50% After Urologic Oncology Surgery

Meg Barbor, MPH

December 2018, Vol 8, No 12 - Symptom Management

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. [ Read More ]

Managing Anxiety in Patients with Advanced Cancer

Meg Barbor, MPH

November 2018, Vol 8, No 11 - Symptom Management

Anxiety is a common symptom in patients with advanced cancer, and is associated with reduced quality of life, increased symptom burden, poor medication adherence, and suboptimal treatment decisions at the end of life. Anxiety also tends to cluster with disease- and treatment-related side effects such as fatigue, pain, breathlessness, nausea, vomiting, and sleep disturbance. [ Read More ]

Cannabis for Symptom Management in Cancer: Do You Know What Your Patients Are Using?

Meg Barbor, MPH

September 2018, Vol 8, No 9 - Medical Marijuana, Symptom Management

Patients with cancer are increasingly using cannabinoids (the chemical component of cannabis) to treat many symptoms, and a minority of them even take cannabis as a treatment for the cancer itself. Recent surveys have revealed that up to 25% of patients with cancer take some form of cannabis, but oncologists and other medical providers are often unaware that their patients are using medical (or recreational) cannabis. [ Read More ]