A study found that several disease- and treatment-specific factors are associated with an increased risk of near misses or safety incidents in patients undergoing radiation therapy.
Cancer Network Staff
Establishing a multidisciplinary oral chemotherapy clinic in a community hospital is feasible and could help reduce emergency department visits, recognize adverse events earlier, and improve staff and patient satisfaction.
The use of a customized clinical pathways program that helps manage complexity and guide decisions resulted in a sharp decrease in costs per patient in an analysis of stage IV non–small-cell lung cancer.
A substantial portion of emergency department visits by patients undergoing cancer treatment may be preventable, and those potentially preventable visits account for a high percentage of the emergency department visit costs.
The use of several simple improvement measures including a “chemotherapy huddle” can result in a marked, sustained reduction in chemotherapy errors in a pediatric oncology setting.
Undergoing upfront autologous stem cell transplantation is still the preferred treatment of choice for patients aged 65 or younger with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma, according to interim results of a phase III trial.
Early palliative care in cancer patients led to an improvement in depressive symptoms and quality of life among family caregivers.
A meta-analysis of phase I trials found that using biomarker-guided treatment can yield high response rates even in this early phase of drug development.
Treatment with the anti–PD-1 antibody pembrolizumab yielded good long-term survival outcomes in a phase Ib trial of patients with advanced melanoma.
The physical location of the primary tumor predicts survival in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer, according to an analysis to be presented at ASCO.