Conference Correspondent

Response is a poor outcome measure of immunotherapy, according to Tanguy Seiwert, MD, who addressed this and other concerning issues in immunotherapy at the 2016 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium.
Women being treated for cancer appear to benefit from a psychological intervention aimed at counseling them on fertility preservation, according to a study reported by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
Preliminary results from a prospective study suggest that assessing psychological factors in cancer patients prior to initiating therapy can identify patients most at risk for emotional distress who might need psychosocial support.
Bone mineral density testing is underutilized in women with BRCA mutations who undergo risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy (RRSO). In a review of health surveillance data from a single institution, only about half of these women were screened for osteoporosis using dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan, despite being at significantly increased risk for the disease.
Scottsdale, AZ—Patients with oropharyngeal cancer undergoing radiation therapy experienced diminished narcotic dependency and weight loss with the use of prophylactic gabapentin.
Atlanta, GA—Pharmacists involved in this program followed discharged patients and helped to decrease the number of readmissions in this population.
Here is a review of study results of various medications being reported from different conferences.
Jennifer Brown, MD, PhD, expanded upon the results of her and her colleagues’ study of the hepatotoxic effects of idelalisib, particularly as frontline treatment of younger patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, which was presented at the 57th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting & Exposition.
William A. Zellmer, BPharm, MPH, discusses how the 4th edition of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Foundation’s Pharmacy Forecast serves to improve the effectiveness of leaders in hospital and health-system pharmacy practice.
Here is a review of study results of various medications being reported from different conferences.
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