Acupuncture and Acupressure Shown to Relieve Cancer Pain

Acupuncture and acupressure for cancer pain are associated with decreased pain and reduced use of analgesics, according to a meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials now published in JAMA Oncology.Over 70% of patients with cancer experience pain. For almost half of these patients, that pain is not sufficiently controlled. Pharmacologic interventions can provide effective pain relief, but they can have adverse effects, and the use of opioids poses a substantial risk of addiction. In light of t...
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Olanzapine 5 mg Effective for Preventing CINV

In order to prevent chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV), 10 mg of olanzapine, an antipsychotic, is often added to standard antiemetic therapy including aprepitant, palonosetron, and dexamethasone. However, reducing the dose of olanzapine to 5 mg is recommended by guidelines to mitigate sedation, a common side effect of olanzapine. In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial, researchers discovered that 5 mg of olanzapine is effective at treating CINV in patien...
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Daratumumab Increases Listeria Susceptibility

Patients with multiple myeloma who are receiving daratumumab (Darzalex®, Janssen) have an increased susceptibility to listeriosis, a potentially deadly infection by Listeria monocytogenes, a gram-positive bacterium to which individuals with weakened immune systems are susceptible.Daratumumab, a CD38 monoclonal antibody, is effective against multiple myeloma because CD38 is strongly expressed in multiple myeloma cells. However, activated macrophages also express CD38. It seems to be an important ...
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Managing Ibrutinib-Related Hypertension in B-Cell Malignancies: Daniel Addison, MD

​Ibrutinib is an effective treatment for several B-cell malignancies, including mantle cell lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia. However, it can cause cardiotoxicity. Under the direction of Daniel Addison, MD, a team of researchers recently found that hypertension caused or worsened by treatment with ibrutinib results in a greater than two-fold increased risk of major adverse cardiovascular events. In this interview with i3 Health, Dr. Addison discusses what...
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No Long-Term “Chemo Brain” Impact in Testicular Cancer

Cognitive changes have been associated with various cancer treatments. In studies, between 17% and 75% of breast cancer survivors have reported cognitive deficits after chemotherapy. Commonly known as "chemo brain," these symptoms have had reported durations of up to 20 years after receipt of breast cancer treatment. Fortunately, this is not the case for patients with testicular cancer: a new study shows no long-term cognitive impairment following chemotherapy.The prospective study, pu...
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