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FDA Announces Class-Wide Safety Labeling Changes for Long-Acting Opioid Analgesics to Combat Abuse

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced class-wide safety labeling changes and new postmarketing study requirements for all extended-release and long-acting opioid analgesics intended to treat pain. “The FDA is invoking its authority to require safety labeling changes and ...

head and neck cancer
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Swallowing Exercises Preserve Function in Patients Receiving Radiation for Head and Neck Cancer

A study from UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) has found that patients with head and neck cancer receiving radiation as part of their treatment were less likely to suffer unwanted side effects such as worsening of diet, need for a feeding tube, or narrowing of the throat passage if...

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issues in oncology

New Report Examines Trends in End-of-Life Care for Patients With Advanced Cancer

Although fewer Medicare patients with cancer died in the hospital in 2010 than in the years 2003–2007, aggressive treatment continues at the end of life, according to a new report from the Dartmouth Atlas Project. The findings also show that a significant number of patients were likely to...

head and neck cancer
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Many Patients With Head and Neck Cancer Report Being Depressed, But Few Use Mental Health Services

Despite a relatively high rate of depression among patients with head and neck cancer following radiation therapy, mental health services were severely underutilized in this group, concluded researchers who analyzed questionnaire results from 211 patients. The patients had been previously treated...

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integrative oncology

Yoga Improves Sleep Quality in Cancer Patients With Sleep Disruption

It is estimated that 30% to 90% of cancer patients experience impairment of sleep quality post-treatment and such impairment can be severe enough to increase morbidity and mortality. Preliminary evidence indicates that yoga may improve sleep in cancer patients. In a study reported in the Journal of ...

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integrative oncology

Integrative Medicine Interventions Found to Significantly Reduce Pain, Improve Quality of Life

An integrative approach to treating chronic pain significantly reduced pain severity and improved mood and quality of life, according to a new study from the Bravewell Practice-based Research Network (BraveNet) published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Researchers found a reduction...

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integrative oncology

American Ginseng Improves Cancer-related Fatigue

In a collaborative phase III trial of the North Central Cancer Treatment Group and Mayo Clinic reported in Journal of the National Cancer Institute by Debra L. Barton, RN, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic, and colleagues, patients with cancer-related fatigue were treated with Wisconsin ginseng (a common...

multiple myeloma
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New Guidelines Issued in the Treatment of Multiple Myeloma–related Bone Disease

The International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed clinical practice recommendations for the management of multiple myeloma–related bone disease based on published study data through August 2012. Consensus of the interdisciplinary panel of clinical experts on the plasma-cell...

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Oral Apixaban Lowers Rates of Major Bleeding in Patients with Acute Venous Thromboembolism

Single-agent apixaban (Eliquis) may simplify the treatment of patients with acute venous thromboembolism, according to a new study published online in The New England Journal of Medicine. In the phase III AMPLIFY trial, the oral factor Xa inhibitor anticoagulant was found to be as effective as ...

breast cancer
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integrative oncology

Acupuncture May Reduce Arm Lymphedema in Patients with Breast Cancer

Arm lymphedema affects approximately 30% of breast cancer survivors, with rates increasing with longer follow-up and cases presenting well beyond the active treatment period. Lymphedema is observed even with use of less-invasive surgical techniques for staging, and risk is further increased by such ...

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issues in oncology

Majority of Patients with Incurable Lung Cancer Have Inaccurate Expectations about Goals of Radiation Therapy

Aileen B. Chen, MD, MPP, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and colleagues in the Cancer Care Outcomes Research and Surveillance (CanCORS) Consortium recently assessed patient expectations regarding goals of radiation therapy (RT) for incurable lung cancer. They ...

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issues in oncology

ASCO 2013: Adapting to Ongoing Shortages of Common Cancer Drugs

A survey of 214 U.S. oncologists and hematologists found that more than 80% encountered cancer drug shortages between March and September of 2012, and many reported that shortages affected the quality of patient care they were able to provide. As physicians were forced to substitute more expensive...

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New Labeling for Reformulated OxyContin to Curb Abuse

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved updated labeling for the reformulated painkiller OxyContin (controlled-release oxycodone hydrochloride). The new labeling will indicate that the drug has physical and chemical properties that make injection or snorting challenging. This new measure ...

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Antidepressant Helps Relieve Pain from Chemotherapy, Study Finds

The antidepressant drug duloxetine (Cymbalta) helped relieve painful numbness and tingling feelings caused by chemotherapy in 59% of patients, a new study finds. This is the first clinical trial to find an effective treatment for this pain. Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy is a common...

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UC Davis Research Advances Efforts to Prevent Venous Thromboembolism

New research from the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, published in the Journal of Surgical Research, may help clinicians determine which patients are at highest risk for postsurgical blood clots in the legs or lungs. A team led by Robert J. Canter, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery at UC...

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survivorship

Study Shows Confidence Builds Better Exercise Habits for Cancer Survivors

Endometrial cancer survivors are more likely to complete physical activity, and for longer durations, when their daily self-efficacy is higher, according to a study published online in the journal Health Psychology, a publication of the American Psychology Association. “Sedentary behavior is ...

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Involving Other Providers in Palliative Care May Help Meet Growing Demand

As baby boomers age and the number of people with serious chronic illnesses continues to rise, the demand for experts in palliative medicine is sure to outstrip the supply, according Timothy E. Quill, MD, Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Medical Humanities in the Center for Ethics, Humanities...

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