Thursday, September 29, 2011
ASCO Updates Guidelines on Antiemetics in Oncology - OncologySTAT
"A common chemotherapy regimen gets reclassified as high risk for emesis; a new approach is recommended to tackle treatments with high emetic potential; and a particular antiemetic drug is now preferred for patients at moderate risk - these are among the changes to clinical practice guidelines from the American Society of Clinical Oncology.The guidelines also include new recommendations for preventing nausea and vomiting associated with radiation treatment."
Monday, September 26, 2011
ECCO-ESMO: Synchronous Chemoradiation Cuts Breast Cancer Relapse - in Meeting Coverage, ECCO-ESMO from MedPage Today
Medical News: ECCO-ESMO: Synchronous Chemoradiation Cuts Breast Cancer Relapse - in Meeting Coverage, ECCO-ESMO from MedPage Today: "STOCKHOLM -- Local recurrence in early breast cancer occurred 35% less often in women who received synchronous chemoradiation rather than sequential therapy, long-term follow-up data from a large clinical trial showed.
The five-year incidence of local recurrence was 2.8% with synchronous therapy, with radiation during or between cycles of chemotherapy, and 5.1% among women who received adjuvant chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy. Synchronous therapy also shortened the overall duration of treatment.
The findings were reported here at the European Multidisciplinary Cancer Congress, formerly known as the joint Congress of the European Cancer Organization and the European Society for Medical Oncology (ECCO-ESMO)."
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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Medical News: Brain Steroids Found Lacking in MS - in Clinical Context, Multiple Sclerosis from MedPage Today
Monday, September 12, 2011
Pain Management - Oncology Article Methadone
Switching from oxycodone to methadone in advanced cancer patients Supportive Care in Cancer, 09/12/2011 Clinical Article
Mercadante S et al.
– Switching from oxycodone to methadone is a reliable method to improve the opioid response in advanced cancer patients. A ratio of 3.3 appears to be reliable, even at high doses.
- 19 out of 542 patients admitted to the unit in 1 year underwent a switching from oxycodone to methadone. Almost all substitutions were successful
- Prevalent indication for opioid switching uncontrolled pain and adverse effects (12 patients)
- No significant changes between the initial conversion ratio and final conversion ratio between the 2 opioids were found
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"This is a malignancy of a unique system of the body in that it doesn't comprise one of the major organ systems," Dr. Kocha explains. "It is comprised of single or groups of cells that have the unique ability to be used as a signalling system for the body for all sorts of functions such as the secretion of stomach acids, the movement of the bowels, and a whole number of other functions."
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Thursday, September 8, 2011
Link: Projects In Knowledge
Practice-Based Strategies: Triple Negative Breast Cancer Case (Tues., Sept. 13 - 8:00pm ET)
Join us for a mentor workshop by phone on strategies to manage metastatic
breast cancer in your patients with HER2-positive or triple-negative disease.
These case-based audio presentations, led by expert faculty, will be followed by
live Q & A. From the comfort of your home or office, you will have the
opportunity to interact with the faculty presenter and to learn from questions
posed by your colleagues nationwide. These 30-minute phone workshops are a
sequel to the data-driven webcast, "Targeting
the Treatment of Metastatic Breast Cancer."