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Side-Effects Management

Patients can be taught via neurofeedback to modify their brainwave activity and decrease the sensations of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), according to Sarah Prinsloo, PhD, LMFT, LPC, Assistant Professor, Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation, and Integrative Medicine, Division of Cancer Medicine, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX. Read More ›

Maintaining patient safety and minimizing the risks for opioid misuse and abuse in the management of cancer pain require proper assessment and new strategies for pain management that include integrative interventions, according to Judith A. Paice, PhD, RN, Director, Cancer Pain Program, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University, Chicago. She discussed this topic at the 2019 National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Conference. Read More ›

Immunotherapies have transformed the treatment of cancer, but patients who receive immune checkpoint inhibitors may experience a range of side effects, which are only recently becoming familiar to oncologists and patients. Read More ›

Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) may soon replace low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) as the standard of care for the management of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients with cancer, judging by the results of 2 randomized trials presented at ASH 2017. The caveat is that DOACs are associated with more bleeding events, especially in patients with gastrointestinal (GI) cancer who should continue receiving LMWH. Read More ›

The prevalence of fatigue is very high across the cancer continuum, with approximately 60% of patients with advanced cancer experiencing this condition. Even for patients with curable cancer, fatigue can persist well after treatment has ended. Read More ›

There is only one “king of the road” when it comes to dealing with the adverse side effects of oral cancer drugs, and that is not the healthcare professional, according to Christine B. Boers-Doets, MSc, of the Netherlands Leiden University Medical Center, author of The TARGET System, and creator of the 7 Pillars of Ultimate Drug Success formula. Read More ›

The goal of cancer treatment is to destroy cancer cells, whether through surgery, radiation, drug therapies, or a combination of these. During the course of these treatments, however, healthy cells can also be damaged or destroyed, leading to unpleasant side effects such as electrolyte imbalance, dehydration, weight loss, fatigue, infection, lack of appetite, mouth sores, skin irritations, anemia, and depression. Read More ›