What is the Frequency of Opioid Abuse in Cancer Patients?

With the opioid crisis claiming so many lives, physicians need to be especially careful prescribing these drugs. However, for many patients with cancer who are in a lot of pain, opioids can be a necessary part of treatment. So how can physicians determine predictors and frequency of opioid abuse in this population? A study now published in JAMA Oncology found that marital status, higher levels of pain, high scores on the Screener and Opioid Assessment for Patients with Pain (SOAPP), and morphine...
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Geriatric and Surgical Comanagement for Older Patients With Cancer: Armin Shahrokni, MD, MPH

Patients aged 75 years and older face an increased risk of mortality and postoperative events when undergoing surgical treatment for cancer. In a study recently published in JAMA Network Open, a research team led by first author Armin Shahrokni, MD, MPH, found that patients whose care was managed by both the surgical and geriatric teams experienced significantly better outcomes compared with those whose care was provided by the surgical team alone. In this interview with i3 Health, Dr. Shahrokni...
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Geriatric Comanagement Improves Surgical Outcomes in Older Patients With Cancer

In older patients with cancer undergoing surgical treatment, collaboration between surgical and geriatric teams significantly decreases 90-day postoperative mortality. Patients aged 75 years and older face unique challenges when undergoing cancer-related surgery, including an increased risk of adverse postoperative events, a heightened risk of delirium, difficulties in recovering mobility and functional activity, and the need for appropriate care after hospital discharge. However, collaboration ...
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​Connecting With Patients With Cancer in Spite of COVID-19: Kiri A. Cook, MD

The stress of having cancer and the physical and financial toll of treatment can be difficult for patients, even under normal circumstances. During the COVID-19 pandemic, patients face additional stressors, including not only the fear of mortality from COVID-19 but also the emotional impact of isolation. This sense of isolation can be present even in patients' cancer care, as many appointments take place through videoconferencing and telephone calls; even when in-person appointmen...
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Increased COVID-19 Risk in Patients With Cancer

Patients with cancer are at increased risk of infection with severe adult respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes COVID-19, according to a medical records review of patients with cancer at a hospital in Wuhan, China. "Patients with cancer from the epicenter of a viral epidemic harbored a higher risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection… compared with the community. However, fewer than half of these infected patients were undergoing active treatment for their cancers," note the investiga...
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