Congressional Bills Would Mandate Equal Coverage for Oral, IV Cancer TherapyCongressional Bills Would Mandate Equal Coverage for Oral, IV Cancer Therapy

A bipartisan group of House and Senate legislators introduced bills last week that would require health plans to cover the growing number of oral chemotherapy pills as favorably as they do intravenous chemotherapy. Kaiser Health News
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ConclusionThis review provided a comprehensive examination of available options for children who have OM. The results support the possibility of a positive effect of palifermin on reducing OM in children receiving cancer therapy.
Source: Pediatric Blood and Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: REVIEW Source Type: research
ConclusionsFindings from this study highlight that real-world experience of docetaxel may differ from that observed in clinical trials and that care must be taken to ensure that treatment options are tailored to the needs of individual patients to promote not only how long patients survive but also the quality of that survival.FundingJanssen
Source: Advances in Therapy - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
ConclusionApplication of cytostatic drugs in combination with adaptogenic plant extracts induced significant changes in transcriptome-wide microarray profiles of neuroglial cells. These changes indicate on potential beneficial effects of adaptogens on FEC induced adverse events in cancer chemotherapy.Graphical abstract
Source: Phytomedicine - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
Oral and pharyngeal cancer is the most common malignant human cancers. Chemotherapy is an effective approach for anti-oral cancer therapy, while the drug tolerance and resistance remain a problem for oral canc...
Source: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Despite the implementation of IMRT, survivors of NPC still experience many physical symptoms that affect long-term QoL many years after treatment. Depression, anxiety, and fatigue remain common in long-term survivors and are highly correlated with QoL. PMID: 30191868 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Health Physics - Category: Physics Authors: Tags: Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys Source Type: research
People diagnosed with cancer have a multitude of treatment options, many of which are standard therapies that have been well-studied to improve their chances of surviving their disease or avoiding recurrence. But people are increasingly also folding in complementary medicine approaches — which include nutrients, herbal remedies and other so-called natural supplements — with their cancer treatment regimes. While these are not nearly as well-studied as conventional therapies like surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, many people rely on them because they believe they can improve their chances of surviving their ca...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Cancer healthytime Source Type: news
This study investigated the presence of Streptococci, Staphylococci, aerobic gram negative bacteria (AGNB), Candida and bacterial endotoxins in the oral cavities of patients receiving chemo- and/or radiotherapy for cancer.MethodsSamples of oral cavity rinse were collected from 100 patients on cancer treatment and 70 healthy individuals. Demographic and clinical data were recorded. Samples were cultured onto various agar plates for qualitative and quantitative analysis and tested for the presence of endotoxin. Results were analysed using the Mann-Whitney and chi-square tests.ResultsIn cancer patients, S. aureus counts were ...
Source: Microbial Pathogenesis - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
ConclusionNatural agents proved to be promising in healing cancer induced oral mucositis but future demands further randomized controlled clinical trials on these agents which should also be focused on drug interactions of the natural remedies.
Source: Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research - Category: Dentistry Source Type: research
Patients with oral cancer can develop complications related to the tumor, the treatment, or patient factors. Surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, or some combinations of these treatments are used for oral cancer, depending on the type of cancer, anatomic site, and stage. The major objectives of oral cancer therapy are complete control of the tumor with minimal complications and better quality of life for the patient. The development of acute or long-term toxicities can limit the patient's tolerance to therapy, sometimes leading to a suboptimal treatment schedule, poor patient outcome, increased hospital stays, and higher treatment costs.
Source: Dental Abstracts - Category: Dentistry Tags: Hands On Source Type: research
Purpose or review There is a large body of evidence supporting the efficacy of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) also known as PhotoBioModulation (PBM) when used for the prevention and/or treatment of oral mucositis in patients undergoing radiotherapy for head and neck cancer, or high-dose chemotherapy regimens. This review aims at giving the state of the art of this technique in this indication. Recent findings Recent advances in LLLT/PBM technology, together with a better understanding of mechanisms involved and dosimetric parameters may lead to the management of a broader range of complications associated with cancer ...
Source: Current Opinion in Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: SUPPORTIVE CARE: Edited by Jean A. Klastersky Source Type: research
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