Symptom Management

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 ]