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A recent Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Stat poll asked healthcare leaders, “Will your practice add advanced practice providers (APPs) in 2021?” The majority (55%) said “yes,” compared with 45% who responded “no.”
Helping patients with cancer achieve optimal health status can present special challenges when their basic needs such as food security, housing, and transportation are not being met.
"Ethical issues and dilemmas are inherent in our practice, especially at the end of life. Fortunately, we have professional codes and standards that serve to assist,” stated Joyce Neumann, PhD, APRN, AOCN, BMTCN, FAAN, Program Director, Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, who spoke at the virtual Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center’s 2020 Cancer Care Symposium.
Anger is a basic human emotion and a natural response to stress. Healthcare professionals should anticipate that patients with cancer may feel and express anger and be prepared to deal with these scenarios.

San Francisco, CA—Reducing pain without increasing opioids is feasible in patients with advanced cancer, according to results presented at the 2019 ASCO Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium. In a retrospective analysis of 300 patients with advanced cancer receiving inpatient palliative care services, researchers found that nearly half of patients who achieved clinically improved pain did so without an increase in oral morphine equivalent daily dose.

San Francisco, CA—According to results from a retrospective analysis of nearly 12,000 patients with cancer, increased social support may function as an analgesic and help to mitigate pain.

Although the cost of care can have severe effects on patients with cancer and their families, oncologists rarely address financial toxicity, according to Hanna K. Sanoff, MD, MPH, Medical Director, University of North Carolina (UNC) NC Cancer Hospital Clinics.
“Treating financial toxicity at the patient level is similar to treating a symptom like fatigue,” said Yousuf Zafar.
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