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Pharmacist–patient relationship is key in #adherence to #cancer meds

Pharmacist–patient relationship is key in #adherence to #cancer meds | Cancer pain | Scoop.it

With the availability of more oral and topical drugs for the treatment of cancer, it’s surprising to learn that adherence to cancer medication is a common problem among patients. “One of the thoughts that a lot of people had was that because cancer medicines are treating a life-threatening disease, patients would be much more certain to take medications as instructed,” said J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, MD, MACP, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society, in an interview with Pharmacy Today. 

 

But research has shown otherwise, according to Lichtenfeld. Adherence is a problem even though oral cancer drugs—such as the older and widely used tamoxifen, as well as newer oral drugs including aromatise inhibitors, imatinib mesylate, erlotinib, and capcetabine—have fewer adverse effects and are better tolerated than I.V. chemotherapy drugs. 

 

There is no “one size fits all” explanation for lack of adherence to medications that treat a life-threatening disease like cancer. Reasons cited include adverse effects that exist even with oral and topical drugs that are better tolerated, the cost of medications, a sense of fatalism about the disease, lack of support from family members and caregivers, and, especially among older adults who often take many medications, the difficulty in remembering to take their meds or in understanding how to take them correctly. 

 

Read more: http://www.pharmacist.com/pharmacist%E2%80%93patient-relationship-key-adherence-cancer-meds


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How pain management is the neverending clinical challenge - Oncology Nurse Advisor

How pain management is the neverending clinical challenge - Oncology Nurse Advisor | Cancer pain | Scoop.it
How pain management is the neverending clinical challenge Oncology Nurse Advisor Despite the promulgation of cancer pain management guidelines by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, American Cancer Society, American Pain Society, and other...
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Overview of the Cancer Pain market, Incidence, treatment, forecast ...

Overview of the Cancer Pain market, Incidence, treatment, forecast ... | Cancer pain | Scoop.it
However, it is impossible to speculate on either changes in cancer pain management or discoveries of more effective pain analgesics that can control and affect breakthrough pain in cancer patients. ...
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'Persistent and Breakthrough Pain: Opioid-Based Therapy for F ...

'Persistent and Breakthrough Pain: Opioid-Based Therapy for F ... | Cancer pain | Scoop.it
Persistent and Breakthrough Pain: Opioid-Based Therapy for Fluctuating Pain Profiles. Persistent and Breakthrough Cancer Pain: An Expert Video. and management of persistent and breakthrough cancer pain..
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Galena Biopharma Poster Presentation at the American Pain ...

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... tablet indicated only for the management of breakthrough pain in patients with cancer, 18 years of age and older, who are already receiving, and who are tolerant to, opioid therapy for their persistent baseline cancer pain.
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Patients with Various Types, Stages of Cancer Highly Satisfied with Fentanyl ... - Oncology Nurse Advisor

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Cancer - Cancer-related Pain? Get Moving - Article by Lynette ...

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When you’re fighting cancer-related pain the last thing you probably want to think about is exercising. But recent findings suggest physical activity can actually
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Doctors Use Big Data to Improve Cancer Treatments

Doctors Use Big Data to Improve Cancer Treatments | Cancer pain | Scoop.it
The American Society of Clinical Oncology is looking to further personalize and improve cancer care by tapping into data from millions of patients around the nation The organization completed the prot...

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Painkiller abuse takes heavy toll (Aus)

Painkiller abuse takes heavy toll (Aus) | Cancer pain | Scoop.it
A total of 136 Australians have died after overdosing on fentanyl in the past 12 years.

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Dr. Steven D. Passik Discusses Motivational Strategies

Steven D. Passik, PhD, Associate Attending Psychologist, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, discusses motivational strategies for working with chemical ...
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BioDelivery Sciences International's CEO Hosts R&D Day Conference (Transcript) - Seeking Alpha

BioDelivery Sciences International's CEO Hosts R&D Day Conference (Transcript) - Seeking Alpha | Cancer pain | Scoop.it
BioDelivery Sciences International's CEO Hosts R&D Day Conference (Transcript) Seeking Alpha If you have cancer and you have what we call breakthrough pain, again that's we may use rapid onset opioids and things to that effect, but continuous pain...
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Dr. Mary Lynn McPherson on Rapid Onset Analgesics for Breakthrough Pain

Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, BCPS, FASPE, CPE, Professor and Vice Chair of Pharmacy Practice and Science, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimor...
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Orexo AB Announces Divestiture of Abstral in the U

Abstral is an important new treatment option for inadequately controlled breakthrough cancer pain (BTcP) in patients who are already receiving, and who are tolerant to, opioid therapy for their persistent baseline cancer pain.
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mHealth: building a mobile companion app for cancer sufferers

mHealth: building a mobile companion app for cancer sufferers | Cancer pain | Scoop.it

The quick pace of mobile technology, coupled with a broad worldwide penetration of smartphones, has effectively transformed Healthcare into a new entity called mHealth.  

 

In 2012, the number of medical application users will reach 247 million, which is more than double the 124 million users who downloaded medical applications in 2011.

 

Global revenue from mHealth apps grew from 140 million in 2010 to 1.3 billion in 2012, and continues to progress on an upward curve.

Why is mHealth so commercially successful, and what factors contribute to this economic success story?

 

Medication schedule management

Cancer treatment is a very complex and painful process demanding the highest level of accuracy from both physician and patient. And it is also an area where mobile technology can assist with treatment. Regular smartphones can be converted into effective medication schedule managers. This involves a straightforward process; simply select your cancer type and treatment plan, point to a start date, and make sure your device is in close proximity in order to see/hear reminders and notifications. Either patient or caregiver may add additional days and times for further dosage if required.

 

Tracking symptoms history


The tracking symptoms log included in the application is very important with regard to cancer treatment. Symptoms such as nausea, pain, fever, fatigue, lack of appetite, and any others that a user may wish to track, can be logged and showed to a doctor during a meeting or sent via e-mail.

 

Tracking blood count

 

Some cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy, may damage not only cancerous cells but also normal body cells including blood cells.

 

Reach the doctor easier

The modules described above not only enable a user to cope with cancer treatment, but also to prepare valuable information for an appointment with a doctor. To make appointments more effective and informative, users can type or voice record their questions beforehand. During the meeting, users have the option to type or voice record a doctor’s answers as well. When the FAQ database is available, users can browse it through a mobile device to see available answers and adjust their questions appropriately.

Receive up-to-date information

 

Cancer is one of the most researched medical conditions in the world, and those who have contracted it often desire to be kept informed about the most up-to-date information and cure recommendations.

 

Stay connected with community

It’s easier to cope with a problem when you know that you are not alone. Access to a community, the ability to ask questions, the opportunity to read success stories, and to be able to participate in a community information exchange is extremely important in a cancer sufferer’s battle to stay positive. Thus, this module is a very valuable addition to a companion app for people struggling with any serious long-term disease.

 

SOURCE : http://migrate2mobile.com/blog/2013/08/29/mhealth-building-a-mobile-companion-app-for-cancer-sufferers/


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Health News and Health Alerts in Pharmacy » Blog Archive » Full ...

Health News and Health Alerts in Pharmacy » Blog Archive » Full ... | Cancer pain | Scoop.it
is FENTORA indicated only for the management of breakthrough pain in cancer patients who are already and tolerance to opioid therapy for their underlying persistent cancer pain. – FENTORA must only patients who ...
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Considerations in selecting rapid-onset opioids for the management ...

Considerations in selecting rapid-onset opioids for the management of breakthrough pain. J Pain Res. 2013;6:189-200. ... Breakthrough pain (BTP) is a transitory pain that occurs despite the use of long-term, around-the-clock analgesia.
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How curation cures cancer

How curation cures cancer | Cancer pain | Scoop.it
Curation, the purposeful filtering of Internet content, is a hot and disruptive trend. Continue reading →
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Breakthrough Cancer Pain: An Observational Study of 1000 ...

Breakthrough Cancer Pain: An Observational Study of 1000 ... | Cancer pain | Scoop.it
Regarding medications, 980 patients were receiving an opioid to treat their pain, although only 191 patients were receiving a transmucosal fentanyl product licensed for the treatment of breakthrough pain.
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Ex-Google health chief launches an online community for cancer patients

Ex-Google health chief launches an online community for cancer patients | Cancer pain | Scoop.it
Google's former lead health strategist has launched a new website, SmartPatients, which helps cancer patients connect with each other, and learn more about their disease.

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Cancer - Cancer-related Pain? Get Moving - Article by Lynette ...

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Gupta Guide: Cancer Patients Poorly Served by Online Nutrition Info

Gupta Guide: Cancer Patients Poorly Served by Online Nutrition Info | Cancer pain | Scoop.it
When it comes to directing cancer patients to solid nutritional recommendations online, physicians are likely to find themselves at a loss.
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Dr. Jose A. Contreras Discusses Breakthrough Pain

Jose A. Contreras, MD, FAAHPM, Hackensack University Medical Center, John Theurer Cancer Center, Chair, Institute of Pain and Palliative Medicine, Hackensack...
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Dr. Gary W. Jay Discusses MSIR

Gary W. Jay, MD, DAAPM, FAAPM, Medical Consultant, Raleigh-Durham, NC, discusses why morphine sulfate immediate release (MSIR) is not an appropriate treatmen...
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Galena Biopharma licenses cancer pain drug Abstral

Galena Biopharma licenses cancer pain drug Abstral | Cancer pain | Scoop.it
The Food and Drug Administration approval Abstral in January 2011 for use against bouts of severe and unpredictable "breakthrough" pain in patients who are already being treated with other opioid pain drugs, and whose ...
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Pain meds - The pill or the patch [CNN 6-27-2012]

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