Author | Robert E. Smith, Jr, MD

Articles

Hematopoietic Management in Oncology Practice

December 01, 2003

The year 1991 was truly a watershed year in medical oncology,as three events resulted in aparadigm shift in the tolerability,safety, and symptom management ofchemotherapy delivery. The first twoevents moved chemotherapy administrationfrom a user-unfriendly hospitalinpatient environment to whatevolved into a highly efficient, sophisticated,outpatient system led by privatepractitioners of medical oncology.Ondansetron (Zofran), the first of the5HT3-receptor antagonists, providedreliable prophylaxis of immediatechemotherapy-induced nausea andvomiting in highly emetogenic regimens.[1] Recombinant human granulocytecolony-stimulating factor(rhG-CSF, filgrastim [Neupogen]),[2]if dosed appropriately, significantlyreduced the duration of severe neutropeniathrough its role as the primaryregulator of increased production andrelease of granulocytes from the bonemarrow.

Practitioners’ Practical Model for Managing Cancer-Related Anemia

September 03, 2002

Anemia is the most common hematologic abnormality seen in patients with cancer. Anemia is associated with debilitating symptoms and poorer health-related quality of life and may result in less than optimal disease/treatment outcomes.