Supportive Care

Adelaide, Australia—Stomatitis is a dose-limiting toxicity associated with the use of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitors, but new treatments can improve quality of life for patients suffering from this often debilitating condition, according to data presented at the 2016 Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer/International Society of Oral Oncology Annual Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer.

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.
Austin, TX-Three advanced azole agents are now being used to treat invasive aspergillosis, and strengths and weaknesses exist for each of them, according to research presented by James S. Lewis II, PharmD, at the 11th annual Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association conference.
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 Annual Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer.
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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.”
According to a recent assessment of bowel dysfunction–related needs, the hardships for colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors continue long after leaving the operating room, and survivors desire more information and strategies to help cope with unexpected changes to their bowel patterns, researchers said at the 2015 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium held in San Francisco, CA.
Cancer-related cachexia is a debilitating condition that has had no effective treatment thus far. Its symptoms include loss of lean body mass, as well as muscle wasting and loss of appetite.

The use of generic docetaxel instead of branded docetaxel appears to be associated with a significantly higher event rate of neutropenia, as well as increased healthcare costs, during the 6 months following drug initiation, according to a US Oncology Research study that compared resource utilization and costs.

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