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May 1, 2020 Issue
Megestrol for Palliative Care in Patients with Cancer [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]
Megestrol may be considered as a component of palliative care nutritional support in patients with cancer.
Family physicians should be familiar with common oncologic emergencies so that patients can be stabilized and referred for management of the underlying malignancy and initiation of palliative care. A patient-focused approach that includes education, cancer-specific monitoring, and team-based care with continuous communication is recommended.
Nearly two thirds of patients with cancer will undergo radiation therapy as part of their treatment plan. Given the increased use of radiation therapy and the growing number of cancer survivors, family physicians will increasingly care for patients experiencing adverse effects of radiation. Selectiv...
Oct 1, 2009 Issue
Exercise for the Management of Cancer-Related Fatigue [Cochrane for Clinicians]
Aerobic and resistance-training exercise programs lead to decreased overall fatigue and an improved quality of life during and after treatment of cancer.
Most oncologic emergencies can be classified as metabolic, hematologic, structural, or side effects from chemotherapy agents. Tumor lysis syndrome is a metabolic emergency that presents as severe electrolyte abnormalities. The condition is treated with allopurinol or urate oxidase to lower uric acid...
Neurologic complications occur frequently in patients with cancer. After routine chemotherapy, these complications are the most common reason for hospitalization of these patients. Brain metastases are the most prevalent complication, affecting 20 to 40 percent of cancer patients and typically prese...