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TOP - August 2016, Vol 9, No 3

Multivitamin Use During Chemotherapy May Reduce Risk  for Peripheral Neuropathy
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. Read More ›

Price of Drugs and Affordability Don’t Always Jibe
A collaborative international pilot study found large differences in retail prices for 23 cancer drugs, showing highest retail prices in the United States and lowest prices in India and South Africa. Lower prices, however, did not necessarily mean the drugs were more affordable. Read More ›

The New World of Biosimilars
The first oncology biosimilar—filgrastim-sndz (Zarxio)—was approved in the United States in March 2015, but this category of drugs is still fairly misunderstood, according to Jim M. Koeller, MS, Professor, College of Pharmacy, University of Texas at Austin. Read More ›

Immunotherapy: Separating Facts from Fiction
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. Read More ›

In this issue of The Oncology Pharmacist, we feature an article on the new—and often misunderstood—world of biosimilars Read More ›

A review of the incidence and management of hypersensitivity reactions to oxaliplatin revealed that many patients are unnecessarily taken off this important drug. Read More ›

The most recent update of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guideline on breast cancer has undergone a number of “tweaks” with few major changes. Read More ›

CancerLinQ (Learning Intelligence Network for Quality) is a powerful database containing a vast amount of usable, searchable, real-world cancer information, created by oncologists, for oncologists, to improve the quality of patient care, according to updates presented at the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Quality Care Symposium. Read More ›

Achieving balance in the appropriate use of opioids to treat cancer pain requires skill and compassion. Read More ›

Lymphomas, cancers that begin in lymphatic cells of the immune system, can be divided into 2 main categories: Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). Read More ›

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