Improved outcomes such as longer survival have increased interest among patients in pursuing fertility preservation options, and advances in techniques have made it possible for more patients to have children after treatment.
Despite changes affecting how oncologists prescribe and manage opioid use among their patients, there are few data analyzing the frequency and extent to which patients with cancer die of opioid overdoses.
In en effort to ensure that study participants are more reflective of real-world populations, the National Cancer Institute has revised its clinical trial protocols to expand access for previously excluded patients.
Major cancer centers are examining their current protocols to develop new ways to manage pain with shorter courses of opioids—or, if appropriate, with nonopioid approaches.
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An analysis of over 28,000 patients younger than 65 with incurable cancers found that approximately three-fourths of them received aggressive care within the last 30 days of life and one-third died in the hospital.
Patients with lung cancer who participated in a web-based system for reporting and tracking their symptoms achieved dramatic gains in survival compared with individuals who were followed with typical protocols.
Tailoring your approach to how you interact
with a patient can be beneficial.
The New Year offers little hope of breakthrough software improvements for medical practices, but experts say oncologists can still make 2015 a time of breakthrough productivity gains.
What patients with cancer perceive as relevant clinical outcomes, and how these outcomes are assessed, is important in the provision of routine care and in the arena of clinical trials.