Using SMART apps to help manage drug-drug interactions with cancer therapies
Substitutable Medical Apps, Reusable Technologies (SMART) apps have been developed to meet the need for responsiveness in healthcare IT. In this video, Stefanie Krens, MSc, of Radboud University Medic... Author: VJOncology Added: 10/15/2018
Mortality rates for cancer have diminished slowly and steadily over the past few decades. This is a matter of prevention on the one hand and improvements in early detection of cancer on the other. When caught early enough, even comparatively crude approaches to therapy have a decent chance of controlling and eliminating the cancer. This trend will no doubt continue, but the more rapid, more effective progress that we'd like to see will only emerge given the advent of universal cancer therapies, those that strike at mechanisms, such as telomere lengthening, that are shared by many or all cancers. That is a plausible goal fo...
Recent advances in cancer therapies, especially immunotherapy, have drastically impacted cancer treatment and survival. These advances engender earlier diagnosis and longer survival. Increased survivorship and novel therapies bring new challenges including symptom clusters and pain syndromes as well as unknown long-term and late effects of both disease and treatment. Assessment of symptoms as well as treatment are challenging as pharmacologic approaches must consider the treatment, interactions with treatment as well as long-term impact on the patient.
Studies have shown that aggressive cancer care at end of life is associated with decreased quality of life, decreased median survival, and increased cost of care.
Not all that long ago, chemotherapy was the only option to treat most advanced (metastatic) cancers. Because these drugs work by destroying rapidly dividing cells, they harm some healthy cells — such as hair follicles — as well as cancer cells. In the past two decades, cancer treatment has been transformed by targeted drugs and the emergence of chemotherapy. Targeted drugs are designed to home in on specific genes or proteins that are altered or overexpressed on cancer cells. Immunotherapy has been very successful for certain types of advanced cancers, such as lung, bladder, and skin cancers. One form of immuno...
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ConclusionPatients with probably high anxiety levels (younger age, low education level, and those appearing for frightening procedures) should receive extra careful clarification and treatment support such as a psycho-oncologist.
Conclusions: The ePRO version of the FACT-B questionnaire is reliable for patients with breast cancer in both adjuvant and metastatic settings, showing highly significant correlations with the paper-based version in almost all questions all subscales and the total score.
Almost everyone experiences bad breath once in a while. But for some people, bad breath is a daily problem, and they struggle to find a solution. Approximately 30% of the population complains of some sort of bad breath. Halitosis (Latin for “bad breath”) often occurs after a garlicky meal or in the morning after waking. Other causes of temporary halitosis include some beverages (including alcoholic drinks or coffee) and tobacco smoking. Some people may not be aware of their own halitosis and learn about it from a relative, friend, or coworker, causing some degree of discomfort and distress. In severe cases, bad...