Utilizing Proper Supportive Care in Multiple Myeloma: An Interview With Smith Giri, MD, MHS

​ In the treatment of multiple myeloma, supportive care is essential to mitigating the risks of infection and bone disease. However, a study published recently in Cancer by Smith Giri, MD, MHS, and colleagues found that guideline-recommended supportive care measures are underutilized in older patients with multiple myeloma. In this interview with i3 Health, Dr. Giri discusses supportive care for patients with myeloma, as well as interventions that could increase the use of these measures. Can yo...
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Older Patients with Myeloma: Supportive Care Underutilized

​ Several facets of supportive care are important in multiple myeloma, including management of bone disease, thromboprophylaxis, and prevention of infectious disease. Appropriate supportive care measures have been outlined in well-established guidelines, but a new study reports that often, these are not followed. For this study, which has been published in Cancer , the researchers focused on three outcomes regarding guideline-recommended supportive care: the use of bone-modifying drugs (BMDs) wi...
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Herpes Zoster (Shingles) Vaccination After Autologous HSCT

​ A phase 3 clinical trial reports that two doses of the adjuvanted recombinant zoster vaccine reduce the incidence of herpes zoster, commonly known as shingles, following autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Patients receiving high-dose chemotherapy for certain types of malignancies, including multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma, acute myeloid leukemia, neuroblastoma, and germ cell tumors, are often administered autologous HSCT in order to replenish th...
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Light Therapy: Updated Guidelines for Treating Oral Mucositis

Oral mucositis (OM), a common complication of chemotherapy and radiation for patients with cancer, occurs when the cancer treatment breaks down the rapidly dividing epithelial cells lining the mouth. This leads to very painful sores in the mouth, gums, or tongue, among other debilitating symptoms. This complication is considered to be one of the most disturbing and painful for cancer patients. In order to help combat this condition, researchers reviewed and updated OM guidelines regarding photob...
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Avoiding Narcotics in Post-Surgery Cancer Pain Management

​ Opioid addiction, which is currently so widespread that it amounts to a national crisis, often starts with the legitimate use of prescription pain medication after surgery or as a result of another medical condition. For this reason, it is essential to develop non-narcotic strategies to handle pain. A team of researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania did just that, designing a program that successfully managed post-surgery pain for patients with urol...
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