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TOP - May 2014, Vol 7, No 2

The Jefferson School of Pharmacy at Thomas Jefferson University was founded in 2008 and offers an innovative doctor of pharmacy program that prepares graduates for interesting and challenging pharmacy practice roles across the healthcare continuum.
“The 340B pricing program will continue to be modified to improve oversight and compliance, but it is here to stay,” according to Ron Schleif, MBA, BSPharm, cofounder and president of Oncology Reimbursement Management, a consulting firm.
Reactive management and attention to possible infection is usually sufficient to treat dermatologic toxicities associated with targeted cancer therapies, said Barbara Burtness, MD, professor of medical oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Within the oncology drug development pipeline, “multiple myeloma is one of the more intriguing spaces,” according to R. Donald Harvey, PharmD, BCOP, who said one reason for his excitement is the emergence of monoclonal antibodies.
In this month’s issue of The Oncology Pharmacist (TOP), we present our coverage of the news from the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) 10th Annual Conference.
About 50% of cancer patients —90% in some subsets—develop cancer- or chemotherapy-related anemia.
Monitoring molecular response to tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy for chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) may help guide the decision to switch therapy and the timing of progression to second- and third-line therapy, said Jerald P. Radich, MD, at the 2014 annual meeting of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).
Men with prostate cancer are often treated with hormone therapy (androgen deprivation therapy [ADT]), but this treatment can have unpleasant and even harmful side effects, including metabolic abnormalities that lead to diabetes mellitus (DM) and cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Younger, thinner, nondiabetic men were more likely to gain weight on androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) than older men with comorbidities.
The first prospective study to link reproduction to ovarian cancer risk found that a history of irregular menstrual cycles at age 26 predicted the eventual development of aggressive ovarian cancer.
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