Supportive Care

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. Read More ›

A review of the incidence and management of hypersensitivity reactions to oxaliplatin revealed that many patients are unnecessarily taken off this important drug. Most reactions are mild, and most patients can be successfully rechallenged with the drug, according to a study presented at the 2016 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium by Kelly Markey, PharmD, of Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL.

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For the treatment of radiodermatitis, a skin product containing calendula (a type of marigold) resulted in faster healing than Aquaphor plus aloe vera gel, according to interim results of a comparative study presented as a poster at the Oncology Nursing Society 41st Annual Congress.

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Multivitamin supplement use was associated with a reduction in symptoms of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) in a subanalysis of the SWOG S0221 trial. Patients who were using multivitamins before chemotherapy had 40% less neuropathy, and those using them during or after treatment had a 23% reduced risk.

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Head and neck lymphedema (HNL) is a common but underrecognized and poorly managed complication of treatment for head and neck cancer, but its accompanying functional impairments can be improved with targeted therapy, according to Jan S. Lewin, PhD. Read More ›

The Cancer Support Community (CSC) has developed the Cancer Experience Registry, which is a unique resource that provides evidence-based data about the emotional, social, physical, and financial issues patients and caregivers face. Read More ›

Results from a new study provide reassurance to women with cancer during pregnancy that they can be safely treated during the second or third trimester with chemotherapy/radiation without compromising their unborn child. Read More ›

Opioid-Induced Constipation
This section provides a quick update of symptomatic conditions in oncology and their management. Readers are invited to submit brief updates following the guidelines provided within. Read More ›

The Role of the Oncology Nurse Navigator in Improving Supportive Care
A nurse/patient navigator is defined by the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators as “a medical professional whose clinical expertise and training guides patients and their caregivers to make informed decisions, collaborating with a multidisciplinary team to allow for timely cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, and increased supportive care across the cancer continuum.” Read More ›

The Perceptual Gap in the Impact of Chemotherapy- and Radiotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting
The severity and impact of nausea and vomiting (NV) on patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy is greater than estimated by oncology physicians and nurses, according to research presented by Cheryl Vidall at the 2015 Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer/International Society of Oral Oncology International Symposium on Supportive Care in Cancer. Read More ›

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