Supportive Care


Fertility Preservation Improved with Early Referral to Specialist (October 12, 2010)

Young women with breast cancer who were referred to a fertility specialist prior to surgery were able to undergo fertility preservation procedures faster and start chemotherapy sooner compared with patients... Continue Reading

Less Social Support for Non-White Women After Cancer (October 8, 2010)

Non-White women report less social support than White women after a cancer diagnosis, but, encouragingly, both White and non-White survivors report that they are physically active. These findings were... Continue Reading

Women and Colorectal Cancer: Understanding Your Risk (October 7, 2010)

From the Colorectal Cancer Coalition Women need to be aware that they are as much at risk for colorectal cancer as men are and should give this message to their mothers, sisters, and friends. Women can... Continue Reading

Kepivance Effective in Managing Mucositis in Patients Undergoing Multiple Cycles of Chemotherapy (October 5, 2010)

A single dose of Kepivance® (palifermin) prior to each cycle of chemotherapy in sarcoma patients may substantially reduce the likelihood of moderate to severe mucositis. These findings from a randomized,... Continue Reading

Depression Is Prevalent in Partners of Cancer Patients (October 1, 2010)

Men whose partners were diagnosed with breast cancer were 39% more likely to be hospitalized due to an affective disorder (major depression, bipolar disease, and other serious mood-altering conditions)... Continue Reading

Place of Death Matters for Patients and Caregivers (September 27, 2010)

The place where cancer patients die may affect their quality of life and end of life as well as the psychiatric health of their caregivers, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. End-of-life... Continue Reading

Hallucinogen May Provide Benefits to Advanced Cancer Patients (September 20, 2010)

According to a small study of 12 patients with advanced cancer, use of psilocybin, the hallucinogenic ingredient contained in “magic mushrooms,” may be a safe and effective way to improve mood and... Continue Reading

A Gift Beyond Words (September 1, 2010)

The Dream Foundation offers patients and loved ones dignity and hope during their end-of-life journey. By Diana Price Many of us are familiar with the idea of a “bucket list,” or a compilation of things... Continue Reading

Early Palliative Care Linked with Longer Lung Cancer Survival (September 1, 2010)

Palliative care is care that is focused on symptom management, psychosocial issues, decision-making, and quality of life. Among patients with newly diagnosed, metastatic, non-small cell lung cancer, the... Continue Reading

Randomized Study Does Not Support Use of Methylphenidate for Cancer-related Fatigue (August 20, 2010)

The results of a Phase III study indicate that overall, long-acting methylphenidate is ineffective in the management of cancer-related fatigue. Methylphenidate may provide some benefit, however, to certain... Continue Reading

Medical Marijuana in Cancer Care (August 15, 2010)

Does this often controversial substance have a role in supportive care?  Medical marijuana may not have entered mainstream healthcare, but with increasing legalization (14 states have passed medical marijuana... Continue Reading

Recognizing the Early Signs of Anemia (August 10, 2010)

Anemia (an inadequate supply of red blood cells) can cause symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, and dizziness. Other possible signs of this condition include rapid heartbeat, chest pain, difficulty... Continue Reading

Study Evaluates Incidence of Lymphedema Resulting from Cancer Treatment (August 9, 2010)

A systematic review of 47 studies evaluating treatment for melanoma, head and neck cancer, genitourinary cancers, gynecologic cancers, and sarcoma indicates that lymphedema is a common side effect of treatment... Continue Reading

Complementary Therapy for Children Undergoing Stem Cell Transplant (July 19, 2010)

Complementary therapies such as massage and humor therapy may not help children cope with the potential emotional distress associated with stem cell transplantation, according to findings recently reported... Continue Reading

Yoga Improves Sleep and Quality of Life (May 26, 2010)

A four-week yoga program that included breathing, meditation, postures, and other techniques improved sleep and quality of life among cancer survivors. The results of this study will be presented at the... Continue Reading

Acupuncture Relieves Pain, Improves Functioning After Neck Surgery (April 28, 2010)

Acupuncture may reduce pain and improve functioning among patients with cancer who have undergone surgery to the neck, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.[1] As well, acupuncture... Continue Reading

Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Common in Pediatric Cancer Patients (April 8, 2010)

Pediatric cancer patients commonly use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), according to a review article recently published in the journal Pediatrics.[1] The landscape of medicine has been dramatically... Continue Reading

Sandostatin Ineffective in Preventing Diarrhea in Anal and Rectal Cancer Patients Treated with Chemoradiotherapy (March 30, 2010)

Sandostatin® (ocreotide acetate) does not prevent diarrhea in patients with anal or rectal cancer treated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The results of this randomized, double-blind, placebo... Continue Reading

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