Janet Colwell | Authors

Study Supports More Aggressive Approach to Managing Cancer Pain

December 10, 2015

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

December 08, 2015

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

November 16, 2015

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

November 04, 2015

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

October 12, 2015

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.

Nurses Play Key Roles in Geriatric Cancer Clinics

September 14, 2015

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

September 11, 2015

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

July 17, 2015

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

July 13, 2015

Cancer survivors may face discrimination by adoption agencies, many of which require medical histories and statements of health to be shared with birth mothers.