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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321136/procarbazine-lomustine-and-vincristine-pcv-regimen-for-central-nervous-system-tumors
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Dominic A Solimando, J Aubrey Waddell
The complexity of cancer chemotherapy requires pharmacists be familiar with the complicated regimens and highly toxic agents used. This column reviews various issues related to preparation, dispensing, and administration of antineoplastic therapy, and the agents, both commercially available and investigational, used to treat malignant diseases. Questions or suggestions for topics should be addressed to Dominic A. Solimando, Jr, President, Oncology Pharmacy Services, Inc., 4201 Wilson Blvd #110-545, Arlington, VA 22203, e-mail: OncRxSvc@comcast...
February 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282104/retrospective-analysis-of-emerging-drugs-use-in-a-quebec-women-s-and-children-s-university-hospital-and-perspectives-for-safe-and-optimal-drug-use
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Jennifer Corny, Elaine Pelletier, Denis Lebel, Jean-François Bussières
BACKGROUND: Only few medicines are licensed for children. The use of emerging drugs (unmarketed drug, off-label drug with poorly documented use, and/or costly drugs) might represent an essential alternative for pediatric patients. OBJECTIVES: The objective of the study was to assess emerging drug uses rate and profile in our women's and children's centre to support the implementation of an appropriate policy. METHODS: We identified retrospectively emerging drugs used between 2013-01-01 and 2014-02-28, using computerized pharmacist software extraction of drugs used...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205376/drug-drug-interactions-in-pediatric-oncology-patients
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T E Balk, I H van der Sijs, T van Gelder, J J B Janssen, I M van der Sluis, R W F van Leeuwen, F K Engels
BACKGROUND: Drug-drug interactions (DDIs) can negatively affect pharmacotherapy. However, pediatric DDI studies are scarce. We undertook an exploratory study to investigate prevalence and clinical relevance of DDIs between cytostatic and noncytostatic drugs in outpatient pediatric oncology patients. PROCEDURE: After informed consent and inclusion, the following information was collected: currently prescribed noncytostatic and cytostatic drugs, comorbidities, and use of over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs), and dietary supplements...
February 16, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187759/supporting-adherence-to-oral-anticancer-agents-clinical-practice-and-clues-to-improve-care-provided-by-physicians-nurse-practitioners-nurses-and-pharmacists
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Lonneke Timmers, Christel C L M Boons, Mathieu Verbrugghe, Bart J F van den Bemt, Ann Van Hecke, Jacqueline G Hugtenburg
BACKGROUND: Healthcare provider (HCP) activities and attitudes towards patients strongly influence medication adherence. The aim of this study was to assess current clinical practices to support patients in adhering to treatment with oral anticancer agents (OACA) and to explore clues to improve the management of medication adherence. METHODS: A cross-sectional, observational study among HCPs in (haemato-)oncology settings in Belgium and the Netherlands was conducted in 2014 using a composite questionnaire...
February 10, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179738/lenalidomide-bortezomib-and-dexamethasone-rvd-regimen-for-multiple-myeloma
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Alexandra P Punke, J Aubrey Waddell, Dominic A Solimando
The complexity of cancer chemotherapy requires pharmacists be familiar with the complicated regimens and highly toxic agents used. This column reviews various issues related to preparation, dispensing, and administration of antineoplastic therapy, and the agents, both commercially available and investigational, used to treat malignant diseases. Questions or suggestions for topics should be addressed to Dominic A. Solimando, Jr, President, Oncology Pharmacy Services, Inc., 4201 Wilson Blvd #110-545, Arlington, VA 22203, e-mail: OncRxSvc@comcast...
January 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156672/attitude-and-support-to-inform-clinical-predictions-of-survival-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer
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David L Ma, Kim Paulson, Sunita Ghosh, Bronwen LeGuerrier, Karen P Chu, Diane Severin, Fleur Huang, Sharon Watanabe, Ann Huot, John Amanie, Samir Patel, Tirath Nijjar, Ericka Wiebe, Brita Lavender Danielson, Brock J Debenham
39 Background: Tumour factors (eg primary site, size) helpful in prognostication in early stage cancer may be less important than patient factors, such as Karnofsky performance status (KPS), later in the disease trajectory. We evaluated the utilization of the parameters attitude (ATT) and psychosocial support (PSS) in predicting remaining lifespan by two experienced multidisciplinary teams (MDT). METHODS: After clinical assessment of consecutive patients, a quantitative clinical prediction of survival (CPS) was made prospectively, independently and anonymously by each health care provider (HCP)...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156613/what-does-palliative-care-mean-diverse-definitions-from-cancer-care-providers
#7
Rebecca A Ferrer, Michelle Mollica, Grace Huang, Angela Falisi, Wen-Ying Sylvia Chou
40 Background: Existing literature on the epistemology of palliative care has mostly centered on patient/family perspectives. Understanding how multi-disciplinary healthcare providers themselves define palliative care is a critical step towards addressing barriers and harnessing facilitators that affect optimal delivery. METHODS: Semi-structured key informant interviews (N = 19) were conducted with members of healthcare provider teams as part of a qualitative study on goals of care for cancer patients enrolled in clinical trials...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156579/snapshot-of-an-outpatient-supportive-care-center-at-a-comprehensive-cancer-center
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Maxine Grace De la Cruz, Angelique Wong, Debra Castro, Eduardo Bruera
145 Background: Integration of Palliative Care (PC) in oncology has been found to improve symptom distress, quality of life and survival in patients with advanced cancer. Early integration is most appropriate in the outpatient (OP) setting. However, most PC services in the U.S. do not have an OP component. Our study aims to provide a snapshot of the type of patients that are referred to this novel setting for the delivery of early PC. METHODS: We reviewed a day in the SCC to illustrate the structure and process involved in the delivery of outpatient PC...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156488/new-primary-palliative-care-pc-model-for-community-cancer-clinics-ccc
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Deborah Gray, Stephanie Struve, Carol Huibregtse, Qiaofang Chen
159 Background: Our CCC serving a mixed rural/urban population is part of a large integrated healthcare system in Eastern WI. The closest PC specialist/team is 45 miles away at one of the tertiary care facilities. To fill this service gap we implemented a primary PC model. An initial outpatient palliative care family conference (OFC) and use of cancer nurse navigators (CNN)are hallmarks of this program. METHODS: The VLCC, housed in a standalone facility is staffed by two medical oncologists and one radiation oncologist and has an infusion center and a full-fledged radiation oncology unit with support staff, including cancer nurse navigators, research nurses, social workers, a clinical psychologist, a pharmacist, a nutritionist, a therapy dog and a chaplain...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152964/publication-of-quality-improvement-in-medical-oncology-a-descriptive-numerical-summary-from-a-scoping-review
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Bryan B Franco, Matthew C Cheung, Adam E Haynes, Brian M Wong, Simron Singh
251 Background: Quality improvement (QI) is becoming a professional expectation and essential to medical oncology practice. A study of medical oncologists found that most QI interventions are not published, suggesting barriers to knowledge dissemination. We aim to describe the authors, settings of QI interventions, and publishing journals of scholarly QI literature. METHODS: We conducted a scoping review using Arksey and O'Malley's framework. A search of MEDLINE and EMBASE databases found 48,186 unique English citations from January 2001 to August 2014...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152907/developing-and-implementing-emr-functionality-to-improve-oral-chemotherapy-outcomes
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Bruce Brockstein, George W Carro, Ashton Marie Hullett, Brad Hughes, Wayne Spath, Sharon Huginnie
159 Background: Approval of new oral anticancer agents (OAA) continues to rise, accounting for 75% of new oncology drugs approved so far in 2015. OAA prescriptions generated at our institution demonstrate similar growth, as the prescription volume for OAA is approximately 200% greater than it was 8 years ago. Challenges of OAA, including safe prescribing, monitoring toxicities, and assessing adherence, continue to be an obstacle to providing quality care. In recognition of these challenges, our institution employed the electronic medical record (EMR) to develop tools to enhance safe prescribing, monitoring, and follow up for patients receiving OAA...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152849/a-novel-auditing-procedure-for-an-oral-chemotherapy-process-improvement-project
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R Alejandro Sica, Katherine Sencion, Amer Sidani, Christina Haaf, Diana Sullivan, Neeta K Venepalli
164 Background: A process to standardize ordering, documentation, and administration of inpatient oral chemotherapy was implemented at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System. The process requires oncology clinician review and endorsement of inpatient oral chemotherapy drug orders via an oral chemotherapy note within the electronic health record. Pharmacists are instructed to reject oral chemotherapy drug orders that lack this required documentation. A novel auditing procedure was established in order to track adherence to these new requirements and provide real time and adaptable feedback to front-line staff critical to the project's success...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152843/building-a-new-process-nursing-verification-of-pediatric-oral-chemotherapy
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Erin Santacroce, Mary Ann Zimmerman, Melissa Freeman, Teresa Lau Greenberg, Phuong Nguyen, Susan N Chi, Pratiti Bandopadhayay, Sharon Lane, Audrea Szabatura, Kathleen Houlahan, Amy Billett
199 Background: While team-based safety checks ensure safe prescribing of parenteral chemotherapy, oral chemotherapy is usually prescribed by a single clinician. With the growing use of oral chemotherapy, processes are needed to protect these vulnerable patients from prescription errors. METHODS: A team of nurses, clinicians, pharmacists and administrators developed a new process and checklist for nursing verification of oral chemotherapy prescriptions at Dana-Farber's pediatric neuro-oncology program...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152814/standardization-of-oral-chemotherapy-delivery-to-improve-patient-safety-a-pilot-study
#14
Maritza Carvalho, Ron Fung, Devi Ahuja, Simerjit Gollee, Bernadette Almeida, Gurpreet Grewal, Katherine Enright
90 Background: Oral chemotherapy (OC) presents unique challenges to patient safety. In contrast with parenteral chemotherapy, patient education and comprehension are crucial to the safe administration of OC, appropriate toxicity interventions and patient adherence. At Trillium Health Partners we identified a lack of standardization to OC education and monitoring, that resulted in gaps in patient care. Using the American Society of Clinical Oncology/Oncology Nursing Society 2013 chemotherapy safety standards as guidance, we developed and piloted a multi-disciplinary oral chemotherapy care pathway (OCCP) to improve the approach to education and monitoring of patients newly started on OC...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152802/integrating-nursing-into-oral-chemotherapy-education
#15
Nancy Weinstein, Jessica A Zerillo
81 Background:The shift of chemotherapy administration from the oncology infusion suite to the home has unwound systems and left patients vulnerable to errors. Many of the safeguards for parenteral chemotherapy, including education by an oncology nurse, are absent for oral chemotherapy. The 2013 American Society of Clinical Oncology/Oncology Nursing Society Standards served as the framework for improving the initiation of oral chemotherapy at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. METHODS: Clinicians caring for patients with melanoma and renal cell cancer were surveyed...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152793/transitions-in-care-and-reduction-in-discharge-errors
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Tara Szyamnski, Megan Begnoche, Carol Chase, Michelle Moreau, Jessica Barnett
77 Background: Patients are often overwhelmed at the time of hospital discharge and focus on home rather than the discharge process. Fragmented communication and lack of planning between the hospital team, patient, family and primary oncologist can lead to frustration and delays in implementation of palliative or curative therapies and potential hospital readmission when the plan of care is not followed in a timely manner. Our goal is to avoid medication errors, delays in implementation of a care plan and reemergence of symptoms or new symptoms as a result of a suboptimal discharge transition...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152760/patients-as-partners-in-managing-cancer-treatment-related-toxicity
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Kathy Vu, Meaghan Wright, Colleen Fox, Noor Ahmad, Vicky Simanovski, Leonard Kaizer, Monika K Krzyzanowska
215 Background: Cancer Care Ontario is the government agency responsible for improving cancer services across Ontario's 14 regions. To promote advances in best practices related to systemic treatment, Cancer Care Ontario hosts annual Systemic Treatment Safety Symposia, which serve as a platform to discuss quality and safety issues and results of quality improvement (QI) initiatives in alignment with the Systemic Treatment Provincial Plan. For the first time, the 2015 Symposium brought together patients and providers to discuss gaps and opportunities for improvement in relation to toxicity management (TM) during chemotherapy...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152723/a-multidisciplinary-quality-improvement-project-to-improve-the-safety-of-oral-chemotherapy-in-hospitalized-patients
#18
Amer Sidani, Gelenis Calzadilla Domingo, Diana Sullivan, Katherine Sencion, Dominic Ho, Christina Haaf, Adam Bursua, Neeta K Venepalli
110 Background: At the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System (UIC), inpatient IV chemotherapy administration occurs in the setting of specific protocols and multidisciplinary safety assessments while oral chemotherapy agent (OCA) inpatient administration occurs less formally. Baseline 8 week review of 174 admissions to the oncology service revealed that of 16 patients (9.2%) on outpatient OCA, 50% received OCAs while inpatient, with 12. 55% having a formal chemotherapy note in place. We aimed to increase the percentage of administered OCAs with associated provider generated chemotherapy notes from 12...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152716/documentation-of-pharmacist-provided-patient-education-for-oral-chemotherapy
#19
Neeta K Venepalli, Patrick Joseph Fleming, Christina Haaf, Adam Bursua, Little Irene Park, Sandra Cuellar
237 Background: Pharmacist-provided patient education for oral chemotherapy is poorly documented in patient electronic medical records (EMR) at UIC Oncology Pharmacy. At baseline, 41% of patients who started new therapy with selected oral chemotherapies had a patient education note documented by a pharmacist in their EMR. Our aim is to provide and document patient education for at least 90% of patients who start new oral chemotherapy and fill their prescriptions at UIC Oncology Pharmacy over three months. The importance of patient counseling and documentation is recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) group...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125370/a-systematic-review-of-the-effect-of-cancer-treatment-on-work-productivity-of-patients-and-caregivers
#20
Khalid M Kamal, Jordan R Covvey, Ankur Dashputre, Somraj Ghosh, Surbhi Shah, Monali Bhosle, Christopher Zacker
BACKGROUND: Cancer is a leading cause of death with substantial financial costs. While significant data exist on the economic burden of care, less is known about the indirect costs of treatment and, specifically, the effect on work productivity of patients and their caregivers. To examine the full effect of cancer and the potential value of new therapies, all aspects of care, including indirect costs and patient-reported outcomes, should be evaluated. OBJECTIVE: To perform a systematic review of the literature examining the effect of cancer treatment on work productivity in patients and their caregivers...
February 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
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