Quality of Life

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Malecare Releases A Symptom, Side Effect and Quality of Life Reporting App That Can Go Directly To Your Doctor

Today, Malecare has released their first mobile app, Cancer Graph. Cancer Graph is a symptom and side effect reporting tool as well as a quality of life reporting tool. Cancer graph will allow you to keep track of all of your symptoms and side effects from any cancer you might have as well as report them, real time directly to your doctors. By using Cancer Graph you will never forget to share with your doctor any issues you face, as well as the time that you experience the symptom or side effect. Your doctor will be able to know when [...]

ASCO Releases A Statement of Principles Balancing Patient Access to Opioids with Curbing Drug Abuse

The American Association of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) released a very important new policy statement that details their position surrounding the prescribing of  opioids to cancer patients. This issue has taken the forefront of controversy as our society increasingly becomes concerned about the overuse of prescription opioids, sometimes leaving out the very specific needs of cancer patients. In the statement, ASCO has indicated that they support the concern and efforts to prevent prescription drug abuse. However, ASCO has expressed concerned for cancer patients with legitimate need for these drugs and says that it will work to protect access to appropriate medical [...]

Recurring Prostate Cancer- What ADT Treatment Schedule Is Superior?

 One of the many constantly recurring topics that we discuss is over the efficacy of intermittent hormone deprivation therapy (IAD) as opposed to continuous hormone deprivation therapy (CAD). Which therapy is better has been debated for at least ten years. The debate still rages over the question of efficacy, or survival as well as the quality of life (QOL). Often, the debate does not consider whether one therapy might be superior depending upon the individual man’s disease state. A recent study evaluated the efficacy of these two treatment schedules in men with non-metastatic relapsing, locally advanced prostate cancer. The study [...]

Intermittent ADT, Does It Increase A Man’s Risk Factors For Serious Side Effects?

Once again we see what seems to be logical isn’t necessarily the way it actually works!  In a surprising study result, it was shown that the use of intermittent androgen-deprivation therapy (IADT) for prostate cancer is not associated with fewer long-term adverse events than continuous ADT!  Who would have guessed? We all thought that intermittent ADT would be less harmful, but this hypothesis is now called into question by a recent study. ADT comes with a guarantee of an array of adverse events, including sexual dysfunction, bone de-mineralization, cardiovascular disease, metabolic complications, cognitive changes, and a diminished quality of life. [...]

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