Study Supports More Aggressive Approach to Managing Cancer Pain
Patients with moderate cancer pain report significantly greater pain relief after taking low-lose morphine as opposed to weaker opioids.
Nurses Must Lead Care Team in Interpreting DNR Orders
As the lead caregiver at the bedside, the oncology nurse plays a pivotal role in preventing missteps in end-of-life care decisions and ensuring that providers carry out the wishes of patients and families.
Risk Stratification for Antiemetics May Prevent Overtreatment
Identifying breast cancer patients who are at low risk for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting before the start of treatment may help avoid unnecessary use of antiemetic medications without compromising quality of care.
Opioid Blockade for Constipation May Play Role in Cancer Therapy
A drug commonly given to cancer patients to relieve opioid-induced constipation is capable of slowing tumor growth and may play a role in developing new drug therapies.
Experts Offer Guidance on Integrating Palliative Services Into Cancer Care
Palliative care should be provided with cancer care early in the course of illness for all patients with advanced disease, according to a new guidance statement from ASCO and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
One ‘Serious Question’ Helps Clinicians Identify Patients Nearing End of Life
A simple one-question tool may help oncologists more accurately predict cancer patients’ prognoses and know when to initiate end-of-life discussions.
Nurses Play Key Roles in Geriatric Cancer Clinics
Oncology and advanced practice nurses are key players in developing and managing specialized clinics that combine geriatrics and oncology care, according to a recent study.
Standard Cancer Pain Scale Scores Often Fall Short
Modifying pain intensity scales to include frequency as well as intensity of pain may be a more accurate and efficient way of screening cancer patients for pain.
Cancer Survivors Diagnosed as Teens at Risk for Cognitive Problems
Cancer survivors who were diagnosed as teens often experience emotional distress and neurocognitive dysfunction, interfering with social development as adults.
Cancer Survivors May Face Challenges Trying to Adopt
Cancer survivors may face discrimination by adoption agencies, many of which require medical histories and statements of health to be shared with birth mothers.
FTC Brings Charges Against Four ‘Sham’ Cancer Charities
The Federal Trade Commission has charged four US cancer charities with fraud, accusing them of diverting more than $187 million in charitable donations.
ASCO: Oncologists Struggling to Meet Demand in Volatile Landscape
More and more cancer patients are surviving their diseases as better treatments become available, and while that’s good news, it poses challenges for clinicians.
Medicare Launches Performance-Based Cancer Payment Model
CMS has launched a new multi-payer cancer payment model that reimburses oncologists for episodes of care surrounding chemotherapy treatment, part of a larger effort by the agency to reward physicians based on quality rather than quantity of care.
Breast Cancer Patients Often Don't Know Details of Their Tumor
Many women with breast cancer do not understand the details of their tumor characteristics or how they relate to specific treatment options, according to a new study.
Prostate Cancer Patients Find Support in Group Fitness Classes
Group exercise programs can improve the physical and mental well-being of prostate cancer patients, as well as providing emotional and social support.
ONS: Start Palliative Care at Diagnosis for All Cancer Patients
ONS has released a position paper on palliative care, emphasizing its importance throughout cancer treatment and the critical role of nurses.
Guide Helps Oncologists Fit Shared Decision-Making Into Everyday Practice
A panel of experts has put together a guide to implementing shared decision-making that provides tips for integrating the model into busy oncology practices.
One-Step Screening Tool Identifies Patients Needing Palliative Care
Researchers have developed a screening tool to help oncology providers identify cancer patients who may benefit from referral to a palliative care specialist.
ASCO: Reform Medicaid to Improve Cancer Care for Low-Income Patients
ASCO is calling for major reforms to the Medicaid system in order to close gaps in cancer coverage and improve quality of care for low-income Americans.
Hospice Care Patients Have Fewer Hospitalizations, Lower Costs at End of Life
Cancer patients who received hospice care during the last year of life had fewer hospitalizations and lower overall costs than patients outside of hospice.
ASCO Updates Template for Survivorship Care Plans
ASCO has issued a new online template to assist oncologists with creating survivorship care plans for their patients following active therapy.
ASCO: Smart Technology Monitoring System Improves Care at End of Life
A phone-based symptom monitoring system using "smart technology" led to improvements in patient quality of life during the final weeks of home hospice care.
High Cancer Treatment Costs Force Patients to Compromise on Care
A recent survey found that the financial burden of cancer treatment leads many patients to make potentially harmful medical care and lifestyle tradeoffs.
ASCO: Oncologists Must Integrate Obesity Education, Management Into Cancer Care
In a policy statement on the relationship between cancer and obesity, ASCO called on oncologists to integrate obesity prevention and management into patient care.
Screening Tool Helps Assess Breast Cancer Patients’ Anxiety Before Surgery
Using a simple questionnaire to assess anxiety in breast cancer patients before surgery may help alleviate patients’ fear and uncertainty, and improve outcomes.
Counseling Needed to Allay Fear of Lymphedema in Breast Cancer Survivors
Individualized counseling should begin before surgery and continue throughout treatment for breast cancer survivors fearful of developing lymphedema, says a new study.
Cancer Centers Should Integrate Palliative Care to Ensure Dignity at End of Life
Cancer patients on palliative care wards were more likely to experience a dignified death than patients in other parts of cancer centers, a recent study found.
Simple Tool Predicts Survival in Advanced Cancer
Using a simple tool to measure performance status can help physicians predict survival and facilitate end-of-life planning in outpatients with advanced cancer.
Cancer Screening Often Excessive in Older Patients
Patients with limited life expectancies often undergo routine cancer screenings despite evidence that they are unlikely to benefit and may experience harm.
Early Palliative Care Referrals Better for Cancer Patients
Involving palliative care teams early in the disease process in the outpatient setting can significantly improve end-of-life care for cancer patients, a recent study found.
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