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2015 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium

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2015 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium Highlights

The Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, held October 9–10, 2015, in Boston, Massachusetts, brought together more than 670 members of the cancer care community, including oncologists, radiologists, ...

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Eduardo Bruera, MD, on Cachexia Assessment and Management State of the Art

Eduardo Bruera, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses exciting developments in the assessment and management of cachexia, as well as a number of emerging pharmacologic an...

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Lorenzo Cohen, MD, on Acupuncture and Other Nondrug Pain Management Techniques

Lorenzo Cohen, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses nonpharmacologic approaches to symptom control. Techniques such as acupuncture for managing pain and chemotherapy-ind...

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Judith Vick, MD Candidate, and Rachelle E. Bernacki, MD, on A New Clinical Tool: The “Surprise Question”

Judith Vick, MD Candidate, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Rachelle E. Bernacki, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discuss a tool that could help clinicians identify seriously i...

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Diane Portman, MD, on Integrating Palliative Care in Cancer Treatment

Diane Portman, MD, of Moffitt Cancer Center, discusses clinical pathways that embed palliative care along the spectrum of care for a variety of cancer disease states.

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Anthony L. Back, MD, on Improving Communication Between Patient and Provider

Anthony L. Back, MD, of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, summarizes a general session on best practices and novel tools for enhancing communication between patients and oncology providers (Abstracts 8,9,...

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Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH, on Effective Care Integration and the Comanagement Model

Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH, of Massachusetts General Hospital, summarizes her keynote lecture (plenary talk).

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Lawrence H. Einhorn, MD, on CINV Clinical Trial Results: The Alliance A221301 Study

Lawrence H. Einhorn, MD, of Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, discusses the encouraging study findings on olanzapine for prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in patients receiv...

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Kathleen Foley, MD, on Palliative Care in Low-Resource Settings

Kathleen Foley, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses the challenges of integrating palliative care in areas without sufficient resources or health-care infrastructure.

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Kathleen Elizabeth Bickel, MD, MPhil, on Defining High-Quality Palliative Care in Oncology Practice

Kathleen Elizabeth Bickel, MD, MPhil, of the White River Junction VA Medical Center, discusses the ASCO/AAHPM Guidance Statement, which will help oncology providers enhance their delivery of palliativ...

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Lawrence H. Einhorn, MD, on Palliative Radiation for Advanced Cancer and Symptomatic Bone Metastases

Lawrence H. Einhorn, MD, of Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, discusses the ways in which a dedicated palliative radiation consult service can improve the quality of palliative cancer care (Abst...

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Ralph J. Hauke, MD: Toward Improved Quality of Life

Ralph J. Hauke, MD, of Nebraska Cancer Specialists, discusses the application of scientific analysis and research to palliative care issues, which will allow better prognostication, implementation of ...

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Betty Ferrell, PhD, RN, on Depression and Cancer Care

Betty Ferrell, PhD, RN, of City of Hope, discusses two papers that look at an important issue from different perspectives: depression and anxiety among family caregivers of patients with advanced canc...

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Jennifer S. Temel, MD's Expert Perspective: Palliative Care in 2015

As Steering Committee Chair of this year’s symposium, Jennifer S. Temel, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses the goals and highlights of the meeting.

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Amelie Harle, MD, on Aprepitant for Cough in Lung Cancer

Amelie Harle, MD, of the Christie NHS Foundation Trust, discusses a clinical trial––the first of its kind—designed to assess the efficacy of an antitussive in patients with lung cancer (Abstract 2).

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Eric Roeland, MD: Toward Better Treatment for Cachexia

Given the challenges of recruiting patients for palliative care studies, Eric Roeland, MD, of the University of California, San Diego, discusses a way to increase the participation of those with cache...

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Charles L. Loprinzi, MD, on Olanzapine for Prevention of CINV

Charles L. Loprinzi, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, discusses olanzapine for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in patients receiving highly emetogenic chemotherapy (Abstract 176).

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Judith Paice, PhD, RN, on Neuropathic Pain

Judith Paice, PhD, RN, of Northwestern University, reviews the current principles on assessing and treating neuropathic pain in cancer.

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2015 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium to Highlight the Science of Symptom Management

For the past few decades, ASCO has led efforts to integrate palliative care into all phases of cancer treatment. Through numerous educational programs, advocacy efforts, and most recently, the first a...

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Important Research in the Palliative Care of Patients With Cancer

The emphasis at this year’s Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, held earlier this month in Boston, was on patient-centered care throughout the cancer continuum. The meeting attracted more than 650 ...

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Cancer Care Through Nonpharmacologic Symptom Management

Nonpharmacologic approaches to managing pain have a fairly robust base of science and research supporting their use but are not as widely accepted and understood as drug therapy in the realm of cancer...

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Olanzapine Significantly Reduces Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting

The addition of olanzapine to standard antiemetics significantly reduced chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in patients receiving highly emetogenic chemotherapy, according to Rudolph M. Navari, ...

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Anamorelin Improves Cachexia Symptoms in Patients With Advanced Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer

The investigational agent anamorelin significantly increased lean body mass, body weight, total body mass, and fat mass in patients with advanced non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and cachexia, accor...

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ASCO and AAHPM Define Primary Palliative Care in Oncology

A new guidance statement from ASCO and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) could potentially lead to more standardized primary palliative care delivery across oncology sett...

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More, Earlier, and Better Goals-of-Care Conversations at the End of Life Are Feasible

An intervention called the Serious Illness Care Program helps clinicians to conduct more, earlier, and better conversations about goals of care with their seriously ill patients, according to ­Rachell...

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