Items Tagged ‘Supportive Care’

September 11th, 2013

Yoga Improves Sleep Quality in Cancer Survivors

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Cancer survivors who participated in a special yoga program reported better sleep quality and less reliance on sleep medication, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Sleep problems and fatigue are among the most common problems experienced by cancer survivors, and can have a profound impact on quality […]

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Tags: All Cancer Types, General, Health and Wellness, Management and Prevention of Fatigue Supportive Care, News, Supportive Care


May 24th, 2013

Antidepressant Cymbalta May Reduce Pain from Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

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The antidepressant Cymbalta® (duloxetine) appears to reduce the numbness and tingling associated with taxane or platinum-based chemotherapy, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Peripheral neuropathy refers to numbness and tingling of the extremities (hands and feet) and is caused by damage to the nerves between the […]

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Tags: All Cancer Types, News, Pain Management Supportive Care, Supportive Care


February 25th, 2013

Neulasta Significantly Reduces Febrile Neutropenia Among Colorectal Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy Plus Avasatin

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Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim) significantly reduced the incidence of grade 3/4 febrile neutropenia among patients with locally advanced or metastatic colorectal cancer who received chemotherapy with FOLFOX or FOLFIRI followed by Avastin® (bevacizumab), according to the results of a study presented at the 2013 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium in San Francisco. Although chemotherapy improves outcomes for many cancer […]

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Tags: Colon Cancer, Management and Prevention of Neutropenia Supportive Care, News, Stage IV (D)/Relapsed Colon Cancer, Supportive Care


November 30th, 2012

Exercise Reduces Cancer-Related Fatigue

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Aerobic exercise can relieve the fatigue associated with cancer and its treatment, according to an updated systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. Fatigue is one of the most common side effects of cancer and its treatment. There are many factors that contribute to fatigue, such as anemia, poor nutrition, inadequate rest, infection, stress, and others. […]

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Tags: All Cancer Types, General, Management and Prevention of Fatigue Supportive Care, News, Other News Topics (not Types of Cancer), Supportive Care, Types of Cancer


August 2nd, 2012

Naproxen May Relieve Bone Pain Associated with Neulasta

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Twice-daily naproxen is effective in reducing the incidence and severity of bone pain associated with the use of Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim), according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Neulasta is a blood cell growth factor that can be an important addition to the chemotherapy regimen for many patients. Although […]

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Tags: General, Management and Prevention of Neutropenia Supportive Care, News, Supportive Care


July 9th, 2012

Arrhythmia Risk Leads to Label Change for Zofran

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Interim data from a recent clinical trial has indicated that a 32 mg single dose of Zofran® (ondansetron) may affect the electrical activity of the heart and could predispose patients to develop an abnormal heart rhythm. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a drug safety communication and GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer, has responded […]

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Tags: Management and Prevention of Nausea and Vomiting Supportive Care, News, Supportive Care


December 20th, 2011

Nplate Produces Rapid Response in Adults with ITP

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Among adults with low platelet counts or bleeding symptoms from primary immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), treatment with Nplate® (romiplostim) produces a rapid increase in platelet counts. These results were presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology. Thrombocytopenia occurs when platelet levels fall below normal. It can often occur as a direct […]

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Tags: Management and Prevention of Thrombocytopenia Supportive Care, News, Supportive Care


June 7th, 2011

Flaxseed Not Effective Against Hot Flashes

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Flaxseed does not reduce hot flashes among postmenopausal women. These results were presented at the 2011 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Menopause—when menstrual cycles end and ovarian hormone production drops dramatically—produces symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats in up to 80% of women. When these symptoms are severe, they […]

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Tags: Breast Cancer, News, Supportive Care, Supportive Care Breast Cancer


March 8th, 2011

Fish Oil May Help Patients Maintain Weight During Chemotherapy

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Fish oil, taken as a dietary supplement, may help prevent muscle and weight loss among cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy. These findings were reported in the journal Cancer. Loss of muscle and weight is a potential side effect of chemotherapy that can adversely affect quality of life and survival as well as interfere with […]

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Tags: Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell, Management and Prevention of Anorexia and Weight Loss Supportive Care, News, Stages I-IIIA Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell, Supportive Care


February 25th, 2011

Xgeva Reduces Bone Complications From Prostate Cancer

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Among men with bone metastases from prostate cancer, Xgeva™ (denosumab) was more effective than Zometa® (zoledronic acid) at delaying or preventing bone complications such as fracture. Results from this Phase III clinical trial were published in The Lancet. Metastatic cancer refers to cancer that has spread to distant sites in the body. Several types of […]

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Tags: Management and Prevention of Bone Complications Supportive Care, Metastatic Stage IV (D) Prostate Cancer, News, Prostate Cancer, Supportive Care


February 9th, 2011

ASCO Calls for Improved Palliative Care

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The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has released a new policy statement that calls for improvement of quality of life among patients with advanced disease (defined here as incurable disease). Specifically, these measures aim to increase access to palliative care. This policy statement was recently announced in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.1 Palliative care […]

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Tags: News, Other News Topics (not Types of Cancer), Supportive Care


January 26th, 2011

Social Support May Improve Breast Cancer Outcomes

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Social well-being during the first year after a breast cancer diagnosis may have a beneficial effect on cancer outcomes. These results were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. A diagnosis of breast cancer often affects a woman’s quality of life, but it’s been less clear whether quality of life affects breast cancer outcomes. Quality […]

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Carcinoma In Situ Breast cancer, Inflammatory Breast Cancer, Metastatic Breast Cancer, Stage I Node Negative Breast Cancer, Stages II-III Breast Cancer, Supportive Care, Supportive Care Breast Cancer


January 17th, 2011

Behavioral Therapy Reduces Incontinence after Prostatectomy

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Behavioral therapy with pelvic floor muscle exercises, bladder control techniques, and fluid management can reduce (but rarely eliminate) urinary incontinence after radical prostatectomy for early prostate cancer. These results were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Men with early-stage prostate cancer have the option of being treated with surgery (radical prostatectomy), radiation […]

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Tags: Early Stage I-II (A-B) Prostate Cancer, News, Prostate Cancer, Supportive Care


November 30th, 2010

Xgeva Approved for Patients with Bone Metastases

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Xgeva™ (denosumab) has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention of bone complications such as fracture in patients with bone metastases from solid (not blood-related) cancers. It is not approved for patients with multiple myeloma or other cancers of the blood. Metastatic cancer refers to cancer that has spread […]

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Management and Prevention of Bone Complications Supportive Care, Metastatic Breast Cancer, Metastatic Stage IV (D) Prostate Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Supportive Care


February 16th, 2010

Preventive Treatment Reduces Skin Side Effects of Vectibix

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Among patients with metastatic colorectal cancer treated with the targeted therapy Vectibix® (panitumumab), preventive skin care reduces the occurrence of skin side effects. These results were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Colorectal cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. Metastatic colorectal cancer refers to cancer that has […]

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Tags: Colon Cancer, News, Rectal Cancer, Recurrent/Relapsed Rectal Cancer, Stage IV (D)/Relapsed Colon Cancer, Stage IV Rectal Cancer, Supportive Care