Conference Correspondent

Immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy is a relatively recent advance in the treatment of several types of cancer and has received much media attention. As healthcare professionals gain more experience with checkpoint inhibitors, it is important for them to understand that the toxicity profiles of these drugs differ from those of chemotherapeutic agents.
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network estimates that at least 33% of patients with cancer have significant psychological distress, and many patients have some levels of distress.
Patients’ perceptions of worrisome chemotherapy-related side effects have evolved since the 1980s and 1990s, according to a recent survey of women with breast and ovarian cancers that was reported at the 2017 European Society for Medical Oncology Congress.
Central obesity increases the risk for developing cancer in postmenopausal women more than high body mass index (BMI) and fat percentage, according to a study reported at the 2017 European Society for Medical Oncology Congress.
In a survey of women with breast cancer, many expressed fear about the side effects of radiation before they received it, but after receiving radiation, the vast majority reported that their fears and perceptions were unfounded, and that the actual reality was much better than expected. Physicians can discuss these findings with patients to help allay their fears and anxieties regarding radiation.
Washington, DC—For patients receiving highly emetogenic chemotherapy (HEC), optimal control of chemother­apy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) requires co-administration of antiemetics that inhibit multiple molecular pathways.
Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are increasingly being incorporated into clinical trial design, which has led to advances that benefit patients.
Healthcare practitioners can now tell their patients with stage III colon cancer that eating tree nuts (eg, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, and pecans) and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can improve their chances of overall survival as well as recurrence-free survival.
A brief, Internet-based psychological intervention improved quality of life, reduced fatigue, and reduced distress levels in patients with newly diagnosed cancer.
Hair loss is a well-known side effect of chemotherapy, but alopecia can also occur with endocrine therapy.
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