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VOL 8 • NO 4 MAY/JUNE 2017

Editorial

The System Is All Holes and No Cheese

Krista Ramirez, PharmD, BCPS, and Christopher Campen, PharmD, BCOP

An article recently published in the Chicago Tribune exposed significant systematic failures among many retail pharmacies in detecting drug-drug interactions, even when the prescriptions for the two interacting medications were presented at the same time (Roe, Long, & King, 2016). This issue ...


Editorial

The Federal ‘Right To Try’ Act: An Answer to New Treatments During Terminal Illness?

Pamela Hallquist Viale, RN, MS, CNS, ANP

There have been many proposed changes to health care in the past few months, a natural outcome of an election and a change in political perspective. One of the newly proposed laws addresses the right of terminally ill patients to experimental medications. The Federal “Right to Try” Act, H.R. 878,...


Original Research

The Relationship Between Zinc and Quality of Life in Patients With Upper GI Cancer on Chemotherapy

Edith A. Brutcher,(1) RN, APRN-BC, AOCNP®, Zhengjia Chen,(2) PhD, Anqi Pan,(2) MSPH Candidate, and Tiffany Barrett,(1) MS, RD, CSO, LD

Malnutrition is commonly observed in patients with cancer. This prevalence could be even higher depending on the location and stage of the tumor. The highest prevalence is found in those patients with tumors of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and the lungs (Inui, 2002). At least 80% of patients w...


Review Article

Comparison of Outcome Measures for Traditional and Online Support Groups for Breast Cancer Patients: An Integrative Literature Review

Mary Clare Houlihan, MS, RN, and Joseph D. Tariman, PhD, ANP-BC

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women across all races and ethnicities in the United States (American Cancer Society [ACS], 2016; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015). In 2016, it is estimated that 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed and 40,890 death...


Continuing Education

Continuing Education Information: Integrating Emerging Data Into Clinical Practice: A Case-Based Approach for Multiple Myeloma


Integrating Emerging Data Into Clinical Practice: A Case-Based Approach for Multiple Myeloma This activity is supported by educational grants from Celgene Corporation and Janssen Biotech, Inc., administered by Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC. A continuing education article for nurse practitione...


Grand Rounds

Integrating Emerging Data Into Clinical Practice: A Case-Based Approach for Multiple Myeloma

Sandra Kurtin, PhDc, ANP-C, AOCN®

Continuing Education Information Integrating Emerging Data Into Clinical Practice: A Case-Based Approach for Multiple Myeloma This activity is supported by educational grants from Celgene Corporation and Janssen Biotech, Inc., administered by Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC. A continuing educa...


Grand Rounds

Palliative Chemotherapy: Does It Only Provide False Hope? The Role of Palliative Care in a Young Patient With Newly Diagnosed Metastatic Adenocarcinoma

Lisa Doverspike,(1) PA-C, MPA, Sharyn Kurtz,(2) PA-C, MPAS, MA, and Kathy Selvaggi,(3) MD, MS

Malignant bowel obstruction is a common and challenging issue that affects 20%–50% of patients with metastatic ovarian cancer and 10%–28% of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer at some point in their disease course (Ripamonti, Easson, & Gerdes, 2008). Patients present at varying stages...


Translating Research Into Practice

The Challenges of Clinical Research in Rare Cancers: Bevacizumab Use in Low-Grade Serous Ovarian and Primary Peritoneal Cancers

Carolyn Grande,(1) CRNP, Constance Visovsky,(2) PhD, RN, ACNP, and Marcia S. Brose,(1) MD, PhD

Despite the designation as an uncommon disease, rare cancers exert a significant burden on the health of those affected. Rare cancers are those that have an occurrence rate of fewer than 15 cases per 100,000 individuals or those with fewer than 40,000 new cases per year (National Cancer Institute...


Practice Matters

Atypical Femoral Fractures: Implications for the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology

Kathy Sharp, MSN, FNP-BC, AOCNP®, CCD

Advanced practitioners in oncology (APs) frequently encounter bone-health issues in oncology. A significant number of oncology patients are at risk for accelerated bone loss due to treatment sequelae. Many of those patients may also have preexisting osteoporosis. Reports of atypical femoral fract...


Prescriber's Corner

Ixazomib: An Oral Proteasome Inhibitor for the Treatment of Multiple Myeloma

Krista G. Ramirez, PharmD, BCPS

Multiple myeloma (MM) is a hematologic malignancy characterized by the proliferation of plasma cells that produce monoclonal immunoglobulins, or paraproteins. Due to the rapid proliferation of these cancerous plasma cells, normal blood cells are “crowded out” of the bone marrow, and the immune re...


Tools and Technology

Establishing an Individual Writing Practice

Lydia T. Madsen, PhD, RN, AOCNS®, FNAP, and Kristen Starnes-Ott, PhD, BS, CRNA

Numerous topics encountered in both academic and clinical environments often have potential for publication; there are aspects of one’s specific practice or educational approach that can, and should, be shared with peers. Because the writing process is frequently perceived as a tedious, solitary,...


 

 

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