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Most oncologists’ knowledge about toxicities associated with newer therapies comes mainly from clinical trials, but publications of clinical trial safety results may be misleading.
Although patient self-reporting of symptoms has been shown to improve longitudinal tracking of symptoms and increase patient engagement in their care, these assessment tools are often underutilized in clinical care.
Adherence to infusional or injectable anticancer drugs is not problematic—as long as the patient gets the infusion or injection, adherence is assured—but adherence is an emergent problem with newer oral anticancer drugs.
Lori Williams, PhD, RN, has worked in oncology nursing for more than 30 years, and focuses her research on symptoms of cancer and cancer treatment.
Prophylactic probiotics can potentially prevent radiation enteropathy, according to research presented by Matthew A. Ciorba, MD.
Speakers from the Oncology Nursing Society’s Special Interest Group on Neutropenia reinforced infection prevention at a session during the 2016 Oncology Nursing Society Annual Congress.
Sexual dysfunction is a common problem for cancer survivors, and nurses can be a part of the solution by addressing this issue, educating themselves, and joining with other health professionals who care about patients’ sexual health.
SGX942, a novel agent that is first in its class, decreased the incidence of severe oral mucositis in patients with head and neck cancer undergoing chemoradiation, according to new research.
Delirium is an exceedingly prevalent syndrome among patients with cancer, but is underrecognized and undertreated.
As a result of the FDA approval of the DigniCap (Dignitana) system last year, and the growing evidence that scalp cooling is effective in preventing chemotherapy-induced alopecia, the practice is steadily becoming more widespread in the United States.
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