Avoiding Narcotics in Post-Surgery Cancer Pain Management

​ Opioid addiction, which is currently so widespread that it amounts to a national crisis, often starts with the legitimate use of prescription pain medication after surgery or as a result of another medical condition. For this reason, it is essential to develop non-narcotic strategies to handle pain. A team of researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania did just that, designing a program that successfully managed post-surgery pain for patients with urol...
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In Premenopausal Breast Cancer, Soy Reduces Fracture Risk

According to a new study, consuming soy-containing foods and maintaining a healthy weight can help pre- and perimenopausal survivors of breast cancer to reduce their risk of fractures. Survivors of breast cancer are at a significantly increased risk of osteoporosis-related fractures, largely due to a reduction in bone mineral density caused by estrogen deprivation therapies. In addition, chemotherapy or ablation of ovarian function can induce premature menopause among younger patients with breas...
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Sexual Minorities With Cancer Face Less Access to Care

Researchers report that sexual minorities, particularly women, who are survivors of cancer face reduced access to care and correspondingly worse quality of life compared with their heterosexual counterparts. The study, published in Cancer , used four years of data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System regarding 70,524 adult men and women who self-reported a history of cancer. Among these, 1,931 individuals self-identified as sexual minorities, which included lesbian, gay, bisexual,...
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Meditation Apps May Help Relieve Cancer Symptoms

Despite pharmacologic therapy, patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) experience high symptom burden. Seeking a new way to treat these symptoms, researchers found that two meditation phone apps demonstrated efficacy on several patient-reported outcomes . For this study, published in JMIR Formative Research, 128 patients were randomized into one of four groups: one group received the apps 10% Happier followed by Calm , another group received Calm followed by 10% Happier , and the other...
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Scalp Cooling for Oncology Patients With Kerry Kluska, RN, MSN, OCN®

​ For patients with cancer, body image issues related to chemotherapy-induced hair loss can add to the stress of coping with their illness. To address this concern and help patients maintain their hair during chemotherapy, Lehigh Valley Health Network's Cancer Institute implemented a scalp cooling program. In this interview with i3 Health, Kerry Kluska, RN, MSN, OCN®, who served as a nurse and patient educator during the scalp cooling implementation, discusses the process involved in instituting...
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