Nurse education boosts proper use of VTE prophylaxis

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Nurse explaining information to a patient
Photo courtesy of NCI
Online education programs for nurses can improve the administration of prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism (VTE), a new study suggests. The research was spurred by a documented need to boost the administration of prescribed VTE prophylaxis in hospitalized patients. Data had shown that patients’ refusal of... [Read Article]
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Cancer patients perceive their abilities differently than caregivers do

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Cancer patient receiving chemotherapy
Photo by Rhoda Baer
New research suggests older cancer patients and their caregivers often differ in their assessment of the patients’ abilities. In this study, patients generally rated their physical and mental function higher than caregivers did. The study also showed that differences in assessment of patients’ physical abilities... [Read Article]
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ASCO updates guidelines on antiemetic use in cancer patients

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Cancer patient
receiving chemotherapy
Photo by Rhoda Baer
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has updated its clinical practice guidelines on the use of antiemetics in cancer patients. The update, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, provides new evidence-based information on the appropriate use of olanzapine, NK1 receptor antagonists, and dexamethasone.... [Read Article]
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Common insurance plans exclude NCI, NCCN cancer centers

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Cancer patient
receiving chemotherapy
Photo by Rhoda Baer
Narrow insurance plan coverage may prevent US cancer patients from receiving care at “high-quality” cancer centers, according to research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Researchers found that “narrow network” insurance plans—lower-premium plans with reduced access to certain providers—are more likely to exclude doctors associated... [Read Article]
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Single-dose NEPA found non-inferior to aprepitant/granisetron

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Nurse hanging bags
of chemotherapy drugs
Photo by Bill Branson
In a head-to-head study comparing a single-dose oral antiemetic to a 3-day oral regimen, the single dose has shown itself to be non-inferior to the multi-day regimen in preventing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV). The investigators evaluated netupitant/palonosetron (NEPA) against aprepitant/granisetron (APR/GRAN) in patients on... [Read Article]
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NCCN launches radiation therapy resource

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Therapist preparing patient
to receive radiation
Photo by Rhoda Baer
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) recently launched the NCCN Radiation Therapy Compendium™, which provides a single access point for NCCN recommendations pertaining to radiation therapy. The compendium provides guidance on all radiation therapy modalities recommended within NCCN guidelines, including intensity modulated... [Read Article]
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