Author | Ann Berger, MSN, MD

Articles

Healing Pain-The Innovative Breakthrough Plan to Overcome Your Physical Pain & Emotional Suffering

September 01, 2006

Dr. Ann Berger does an excellent job of writing to the chronic pain sufferer in her book Healing Pain. Health-care providers and family caregivers will also find it an excellent resource and can benefit greatly from reading this work. Throughout the book the author maintains a true sense of hope for the individual experiencing significant pain. Her ability to communicate this sense of hope will be rather contagious for the health-care provider who may have become less than enamored with our ability to accomplish pain management in individuals with complex pain syndromes.

Practical Management of Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting

April 15, 2005

Approximately 70% to 80% of all patients who receive chemotherapyexperience nausea and vomiting, which can disrupt their lives in numerousways. Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) hastraditionally been classified according to three patterns: acute, delayed,and anticipatory. Additional classifications include refractory and breakthroughnausea and vomiting. The mechanisms by which chemotherapycauses nausea and vomiting are complex, but the most common isthought to be activation of the chemoreceptor trigger zone. An appreciationof the risk factors for developing CINV is important when matchingantiemetic treatment to risk. The emetogenicity of the chemotherapyregimen-generally categorized as high, moderate, low, or minimal-greatly affects a patient’s risk for developing CINV. In addition to establishedand emerging pharmacologic approaches to managing CINV,many complementary and integrated modalities may be options.Progress in CINV management must include a better understanding ofits etiology and a focus on prevention. This review will consider theetiology, assessment, and treatment of patients with CINV.

Supportive and Palliative Care in Cancer Patients

October 01, 2004

The term “supportive oncology” refers to those aspects of medical careconcerned with the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual issues facedby persons with cancer, their families, their communities, and their healthcareproviders. In this context, supportive oncology describes both those interventionsused to support patients who experience adverse effects caused by antineoplastictherapies and those interventions now considered under the broad rubric of palliativecare. At its core, palliative care is concerned with providing the maximumquality of life to the patient/family unit.