ASCO Palliative and Supportive Care Conference Coverage

Early Palliative Care Associated With Less Financial Burden for Advanced Cancer Patients

(Journal Of Clinical Pathways) Nov 15, 2018 - Early palliative care results in less financial burden and greater cost savings for inpatient advanced cancer patients, including for those who are younger and underserved.

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Side Effects From Certain Immunotherapies May Be Higher Than Initially Reported

(ASCO) Nov 13, 2018 - An analysis of nearly 2,800 people with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who received the immune checkpoint inhibitors nivolumab (Opdivo), pembrolizumab (Keytruda), or atezolizumab (Tecentriq) found that unexpected medical problems, known as adverse events, may be more common than reported in the initial trials that led to the approval of these therapies. These findings will be presented at the upcoming 2018 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium in San Diego, California. “Immunotherapy continues to be well tolerated, and severe side effects are less frequent than those seen with conventional chemotherapy. Still, immunotherapy can, in rare occasions, cause other serious medical problems,” said senior study author Elizabeth Jane Cathcart-Rake, MD, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. “It’s important to understand the full extent of cancer treatments’ side effects, and patients and providers should be aware that it can take a while to fully assess them for newer therapies.”

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Artificial-Intelligence Smartphone App Significantly Reduced Severity of Cancer Patients’ Pain and Hospital Admissions

(ASCO) Nov 13, 2018 - A study of 112 people with metastatic solid tumors found that the use of an artificial intelligence (AI)-based smartphone app reduced both the severity of patients’ reported pain and hospital admissions.

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2018 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium Press Program to Feature New Research on Pain Management and Immunotherapy-Related Toxicities

(ASCO) Oct 23, 2018 - Organizers of the 2018 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium announced today two abstracts will be highlighted in the meeting’s official Press Program.

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