Art education benefits blood cancer patients

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Doctor and patient
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New research suggests a bedside visual art intervention (BVAI) can reduce pain and anxiety in inpatients with hematologic malignancies, including those undergoing transplant. The BVAI involved an educator teaching patients art technique one-on-one for approximately 30 minutes. After a single session, patients had significant improvements in... [Read Article]
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Researchers question validity of NCCN guidelines

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Cancer patient receiving chemotherapy
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New research suggests guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) may sometimes be supported by low-quality evidence or no evidence at all. Researchers compared NCCN recommendations for cancer drugs to US cancer drug approvals over a 5-year period. Thirty-nine percent of NCCN’s treatment recommendations... [Read Article]
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Intervention helps kids stay active after cancer treatment

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Child with leukemia
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Results of a pilot study suggest a web-based, reward-driven intervention can motivate adolescent cancer survivors to stay physically active. Time spent performing moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) increased by an average of 5 minutes a week for subjects who were randomized to the intervention. For control subjects,... [Read Article]
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ASCO, NCCN release guidelines on checkpoint inhibitors

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Nivolumab (Opdivo)
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Two cancer organizations have released guidelines for managing the side effects of immune checkpoint inhibitors. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN) developed these guidelines because patients who receive immune checkpoint inhibitors experience unique side effects that can be severe, irreversible,... [Read Article]
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