Patients with moderate cancer pain report significantly greater pain relief after taking low-lose morphine as opposed to weaker opioids.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A simple one-question tool may help oncologists more accurately predict cancer patients’ prognoses and know when to initiate end-of-life discussions.
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.
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 who were diagnosed as teens often experience emotional distress and neurocognitive dysfunction, interfering with social development as adults.
Cancer survivors may face discrimination by adoption agencies, many of which require medical histories and statements of health to be shared with birth mothers.