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Cognitive behavioral therapy more effective than acupuncture for insomnia in cancer survivors

CBT

Trial results suggest that cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia is more effective than acupuncture for reducing the severity of insomnia symptoms in cancer survivors, although both approaches offer benefits.

Expert opinion

Challenges of an aging and increasingly obese breast cancer survivor population: Are we ready?

Obesity and breast cancer

In an aging population with rising obesity levels, comorbidities and worse overall prognoses for breast cancer patients are a growing concern. Damien Hansra (Cancer Treatment Centers of America, GA, USA) calls for more education and preparation to combat this concerning public health threat.

15-11-2018 | Prostate cancer | Podcast | Audio

Researcher comment: COMPARE study

Hashim Ahmed takes us through the COMPARE study – presented at NCRI 2018 – which showed that men with localized prostate cancer are willing to make accept lower survival odds for a better quality of life. He outlines the key findings, the implications of the results for physicians, and the next steps for research (5:36).

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23-04-2018 | Survivorship | Editorial | Article

Challenges of an aging and increasingly obese breast cancer survivor population: Are we ready?

In an aging population with rising obesity levels, comorbidities and worse overall prognoses for breast cancer patients are a growing concern. Damien Hansra (Cancer Treatment Centers of America, GA, USA) calls for more education and preparation to combat this concerning public health threat.

01-02-2018 | Malignant pleural effusion | Podcast | Audio

Expert comment: AMPLE trial

Listen to Fabien Maldonado, from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, give his views on the AMPLE trial, which aimed to establish the more effective technique for reducing the number of hospitalization days in patients with malignant pleural effusion.

27-04-2017 | Pain | Themed collection | Collection

Cancer pain

A themed content collection that provides an overview of the mechanisms, assessment, diagnosis and management of cancer-related pain.

Practical guides

01-02-2017 | Toxicities | Practical management guide | Collection

Oral mucositis: A diagnostic guide

Oral mucositis is a frequent and debilitating complication of cancer therapy, particularly in patients with cancer of the mouth and throat. This illustrated slide set provides a step-by-step guide to diagnosing oral mucositis associated with cancer therapy.

Supportive Care in Cancer Editor-in-Chief Dr Fred Ashbury recommends...

Prevalence, characteristics, and treatment of fatigue in oncological cancer patients in Italy: a cross-sectional study of the Italian Network for Supportive Care in Cancer (NICSO)

Fatigue is one of the most distressing symptoms of cancer patients, but its characteristics and impact on quality of life have not been fully explored. This study demonstrates that cancer-related fatigue is frequently reported by patients in Italian oncological centers, with a relevant impact on quality of life.

Roila F et al. Support Care Cancer 2019; 27: 1041. doi:10.1007/s00520-018-4393-9

The new challenge for improving psychosocial cancer care: shifting to a system-based approach

There is a need to improve the psychosocial well-being of cancer patients but research has primarily focused on singular aspects of care at the individual patient level. This review of published psychosocial intervention trials in top-ranking psychosocial cancer care journals demonstrates how few trials have attempted to improve psychosocial care using a system-based approach and advocates for a change.

Sanson-Fisher R et al. Support Care Cancer 2019; 27: 763. doi:10.1007/s00520-018-4568-4

Other journal articles and book chapters

20-10-2018 | Psychosocial | Article

Systematic review of genetic polymorphisms associated with psychoneurological symptoms in breast cancer survivors

Yang GS, Kumar S, Dorsey SG et al. Support Care Cancer 2019; 27: 351. doi:10.1007/s00520-018-4508-3

27-09-2018 | Oral mucositis | Article

Photobiomodulation therapy in the management of oral mucositis: search for the optimal clinical treatment parameters

Elad S et al. Support Care Cancer 2018; 26(10): 3319-3321. doi:10.1007/s00520-018-4262-6

19-07-2018 | Caregiving | Article

The experiences of older caregivers of cancer patients following hospital discharge

Schwartz AJ, Riedel RF, LeBlanc TW et al. Support Care Cancer 2019; 27: 609. doi:10.1007/s00520-018-4355-2

06-07-2018 | Corticosteroids | Article

Side effects of corticosteroids in patients with advanced cancer: a systematic review

Hatano Y et al. Support Care Cancer 2018; 26: 3979. doi:10.1007/s00520-018-4339-2

30-06-2018 | Fatigue | Article

The pathophysiology of cancer-related fatigue: current controversies

O’Higgins CM et al. Support Care Cancer 2018; 26: 3353. doi:10.1007/s00520-018-4318-7

12-06-2018 | Patient-reported outcomes | Article

Coping strategies, trajectories, and their associations with patient-reported outcomes among women with ovarian cancer

Beesley VL et al. Support Care Cancer 2018; 26: 4133. doi:10.1007/s00520-018-4284-0

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