Managing Cancer Pain in the Era of an Opioid Crisis Managing Cancer Pain in the Era of an Opioid Crisis

An expert panel discussed management and strategies for caring for patients and avoiding misuse of opioids, and also touched on growing concerns of limited access.Medscape Medical News
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Much of what we think we know about cannabis may soon change as a result of new research that uncovers some surprising facts. Indeed, the topic, which can be emotionally charged, is the focus of intense scientific study. Is cannabis good for you? Is it addictive? What long-term harms can use cause? The answers to these questions are multi-layered and not always clear-cut, which is why cannabis research continues with even more urgency. FACTS ON CANNABIS ADDICTION AND DEPENDENCE Current estimates are that one in 10 cannabis users will develop cannabis addiction or dependence. The potency of the delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol ...
Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Addictions Habits Healthy Living Memory and Perception Miscellaneous Drugs Neuroscience Substance Abuse Source Type: news
Publication date: Available online 7 November 2018Source: Life SciencesAuthor(s): Na Xue, Xianwei Wu, Li Wu, Lu Li, Fang WangAbstractInflammation is the vital defensive response triggered by our immune system against an infection or deleterious stimuli. This response in due course affects its own biological system leading to serious diseases like arteriosclerosis, osteoporosis, pancreatitis, cancer etc. Currently, researchers focused on utilizing phytochemicals as anti-inflammatory drugs since the drugs presently available in the market causes serious side effects and are less potent. Flavonoids are polyphenols which impar...
Source: Life Sciences - Category: Biology Source Type: research
The price of medications has become a leading social issue, distorting economies around the world and providing easy talking points to politicians of all parties (not that they know how to solve the problem). Last week I attended a conference on the topic at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. On one level, the increasing role that drugs play in health care is salutary. Wouldn’t you rather swallow a pill than go in for surgery, with the attendant risks of anesthesia, postoperative pain opiates, and exposure to the increasingly scary bacteria that lurk in h...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Healthcare Reform Medical Economics Personalized Medicine Precision Medicine Drug Pricing Healthcare Costs Medication Pricing Source Type: blogs
Abstract The purpose of this article is to review data supporting the benefit of palliative care, specifically for women with advanced ovarian cancer. Authors discuss barriers to implementation of palliative care, including confusion with hospice and challenges of prognostication. Generalist-level palliative techniques for treatment of pain, shortness of breath, bowel obstruction, and ascites are described. A description of physician-assisted suicide in legalized states is provided. Resources for physicians regarding communication and end-of-life decision making support for patients and their families. PMID: ...
Source: Pain Physician - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Hematol Oncol Clin North Am Source Type: research
(CNN) — Despite the ongoing opioid crisis plaguing the nation, the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a new opioid medication five to 10 times more powerful than fentanyl. Dsuvia, made by AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc., is a tablet in a single-dose, prefilled applicator to be administered under the tongue by health care providers to patients in settings such as hospitals, surgical centers and emergency rooms, according to the company. FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb was quick to defended the approval in a statement Friday: “The agency is taking new steps to more actively confront this crisis, ...
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Pediatric Blood&Cancer, EarlyView.
Source: Pediatric Blood and Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: research
Patients undergoing treatment for cancer often experience stress, fatigue, and pain during their treatment. Medical management of these symptoms can cause additional adverse effects, but it is possible that noninvasive complementary therapies may be able to reduce these symptoms without unwanted adverse effects. The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility and impact of the Seva Stress Release acupressure protocol on stress, fatigue, pain, and vital signs of patients hospitalized for cancer treatment. Thirty patients receiving cancer treatment and experiencing stress, fatigue, and pain were recruited for the stu...
Source: Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing - Category: Nursing Tags: Symptom Management Series Source Type: research
The purpose of this article is to review data supporting the benefit of palliative care, specifically for women with advanced ovarian cancer. Authors discuss barriers to implementation of palliative care, including confusion with hospice and challenges of prognostication. Generalist-level palliative techniques for treatment of pain, shortness of breath, bowel obstruction, and ascites are described. A description of physician-assisted suicide in legalized states is provided. Resources for physicians regarding communication and end-of-life decision making support for patients and their families.
Source: Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: research
Clinicians frequently overestimate survival time in serious illness.
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
Breast implant–associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is a recently described form of T-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma now formally recognized by the World Health Organization classification of lymphoid neoplasms. The disease most often presents with a delayed seroma around the breast implant, almost exclusively with a textured surface, and manifests with breast pain, swelling or asymmetry, capsular contracture, but can also present with a breast mass, and lymph node involvement. The prognosis of BIA-ALCL is favorable compared with many other subtypes of systemic T-cell lymphoma; however, unlike other non-Ho...
Source: Blood - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: How I Treat, Free Research Articles, Lymphoid Neoplasia Source Type: research
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