Cancer Pain

Chemo-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy Risk Reduced With Multivitamin

Chemo-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy Risk Reduced With Multivitamin

Multivitamin use before diagnosis of breast cancer is associated with reduced risk of symptoms of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.

CAR T Cell Therapy for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Recommended by FDA

CAR T Cell Therapy for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Recommended by FDA

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The FDA recommended the approval of CTL019 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

WHO Updates, Revises Essential Medicines List

WHO Updates, Revises Essential Medicines List

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WHO has updated its Essential Medicines List to include new recommendations on which antibiotics to use for common infections and serious conditions.

Preclinical Pain as a Marker for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Preclinical Pain as a Marker for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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Pain is far more common and widespread in ALS than previously suspected, and initial pain symptoms may predate the clinical onset of the disease's hallmark motor dysfunction by as much as 2 years.

Updated Guideline for Palliative Radiotherapy for Bone Metastases

Updated Guideline for Palliative Radiotherapy for Bone Metastases

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A guideline update from the American Society for Radiation Oncology continues to support the efficacy and safety of palliative radiation therapy for bone metastases.

Sublingual Fentanyl Preferred, But Less Effective Than Subcutaneous Morphine

Sublingual Fentanyl Preferred, But Less Effective Than Subcutaneous Morphine

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Fentanyl sublingual tablets are preferred over subcutaneous morphine in patients with severe breakthrough cancer pain.

Underprescription of Opioids in Cancer Patients During End of Life

Underprescription of Opioids in Cancer Patients During End of Life

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Although opioids are considered a first-line treatment for late-stage cancer pain, they are often prescribed relatively late and for only a short duration before death in many patients.

Breakthrough Cancer Pain With Lazanda at New Dosage

Breakthrough Cancer Pain With Lazanda at New Dosage

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Depomed has announced that Lazanda (fentanyl) nasal spray, CII, is now available at 300mcg dose strength to treat cancer pain.

Guidance for Treatment Selection for Severe, Refractory Chronic Pain

Guidance for Treatment Selection for Severe, Refractory Chronic Pain

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Intrathecal therapy represents a valuable option for many patients with severe, refractory chronic pain.

Medical Marijuana Laws May Reduce Medicare Prescription Use, Spending

Medical Marijuana Laws May Reduce Medicare Prescription Use, Spending

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In states where marijuana is legalized for medicinal purposes, Medicare's prescription drug benefit program has lowered its spending due to reduced prescription drug use.

Interventional Treatments of Cancer Pain are Effective but Under-Utilized

Interventional Treatments of Cancer Pain are Effective but Under-Utilized

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Interventional Treatment Options for Cancer Pain

American Pain Society to Host 35th Annual Scientific Meeting

American Pain Society to Host 35th Annual Scientific Meeting

The American Pain Society next month will be welcoming pain researchers to its 35th Annual Scientific Meeting. Attendees can expect an array of educational sessions focusing on acute pain, chronic cancer and noncancer pain, and recurrent pain.

Rethinking Strong Opioids for Noncancer Pain

Rethinking Strong Opioids for Noncancer Pain

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Are we overestimating the efficacy of step III analgesics?

Guided Meditation Reduces Pain During Breast Biopsy

Guided Meditation Reduces Pain During Breast Biopsy

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Patients who listened to guided meditation or music during their biopsy reported significantly greater reductions in anxiety and fatigue than standard care.

Calmare: A Potential Option for Neuropathic Cancer Pain

Calmare: A Potential Option for Neuropathic Cancer Pain

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Calmare therapy may be an effective option for treating cancer-related neuropathic pain.

Families Prefer Hospice Over Hospital for Relatives Dying From Cancer

Families Prefer Hospice Over Hospital for Relatives Dying From Cancer

Earlier hospice enrollment important area to focus on to improve the quality of end-of-life cancer care.

Lower Hospital Costs Tied to Palliative Care Consult

Lower Hospital Costs Tied to Palliative Care Consult

Greater cost savings for cancer patients with more comorbidities.

Aspirin Use Linked to Lower Risk of Lethal Prostate Cancer, Study Shows

Aspirin Use Linked to Lower Risk of Lethal Prostate Cancer, Study Shows

Risk of prostate cancer mortality reduced with regular aspirin use after diagnosis.

New Insight on the Role of Aspirin in Breast Cancer

New Insight on the Role of Aspirin in Breast Cancer

Two new studies shed more light on whether of aspirin can help treat breast cancer patients.

Time to Treatment Initiation Impacts Survival in Head, Neck Cancer

Time to Treatment Initiation Impacts Survival in Head, Neck Cancer

Lower overall survival for time to treatment initiation of more than 46 to 52 days.

Suicide Risk Rises for Head, Neck Cancer Patients

Suicide Risk Rises for Head, Neck Cancer Patients

Dependence on breathing tubes, feeding tubes might play a part in despair.

Constipation-Relieving Drug May Improve Cancer Survival Rates

Constipation-Relieving Drug May Improve Cancer Survival Rates

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A drug that treats opioid-induced constipation has doubled advanced cancer survival rates in responders.

Scientists Call for Standardized Reporting of Opioid Side Effects

Scientists Call for Standardized Reporting of Opioid Side Effects

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Although opioid-related side effects are common among cancer patients treated for pain, wide heterogeneity among study outcome measures precludes formulation of specific drug profiles

Are Lower-Income Cancer Patients Less Likely to Participate in Trials?

Are Lower-Income Cancer Patients Less Likely to Participate in Trials?

Trial participation decreases with decreasing annual household income.

Does Dying at Home Bring More Peace Without More Pain?

Does Dying at Home Bring More Peace Without More Pain?

Patients and loved ones find greater comfort spending final days together in familiar place.

Older Cancer Patients Heavily Use Health Care Services

Older Cancer Patients Heavily Use Health Care Services

Regardless of chemo intensity, palliative care, hospice rarely used with acute myeloid leukemia.

Can Low-Dose Aspirin, Other NSAIDs Lower Colorectal Cancer Risk?

Can Low-Dose Aspirin, Other NSAIDs Lower Colorectal Cancer Risk?

Findings for consistent use over 5 or more years.

Child Cancer Survivors Face Increased Risk Of Bowel Obstruction Requiring Surgery

Child Cancer Survivors Face Increased Risk Of Bowel Obstruction Requiring Surgery

Survivors of childhood cancer, especially those with abdominopelvic tumors, have higher long-term risk.

Religion, Spirituality May Enhance Health In Cancer Patients

Religion, Spirituality May Enhance Health In Cancer Patients

Three reviews show correlations with measures of physical, mental, and social health outcomes.

Is There A Clinical Connection Between Opioid Use And Breast Cancer Recurrence?

Is There A Clinical Connection Between Opioid Use And Breast Cancer Recurrence?

Clinicians working with breast cancer patients, however, may prescribe narcotics for those suffering from mild to severe pain -- it's not an uncommon practice.

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