Week of December 08 - 14, 2019


Concerns about Opioid Use

Opioids are medications used to treat pain. When used correctly, they can be highly effective in managing pain related to cancer. 

Your Radiation Care Team

There are a number of people involved in planning and giving radiation therapy and the care that goes with it – some you will meet, and others remain behind the scenes.

Survivorship: Health Concerns After TBI

Total body irradiation (TBI) may be used to treat leukemias and lymphomas or may be given to patients who are undergoing bone marrow transplant and can result in long term health concerns.

Zanubrutinib (Brukinsa™)

Zanubrutinib (Brukinsa™) is a kinase inhibitor used in the treatment of some cases of mantle cell lymphoma. 

Fertility Preservation for Women

Treatment for cancer can affect a woman's fertility. There are options to preserve fertility and you should discuss these options with your providers prior to starting treatment when possible. 

Fertility Preservation for Men

Treatment for cancer can affect a man's ability to father a child. There are options to preserve fertility and you should discuss these options with your providers prior to starting treatment when possible.

Thymoglobulin® (Antithymocyte globulin [rabbit])

Thymoglobulin® is used to treat or prevent rejection of kidney transplants. It can also be used to treat or prevent rejection of heart, lung, intestinal and multivisceral transplants, as well as Graft Versus Host Disease (GvHD) after a hematopoietic stem cell transplant.

Atgam® (Anti-thymocyte Globulin [Equine])

Atgam® (Anti-thymocyte Globulin [Equine]) is used for a number of blood disorders, including aplastic anemia and Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). It is also used to prevent the body from rejecting a kidney transplant, and in some cases, to prevent or treat Graft Versus Host Disease (GvHD).

Survivorship: Cancer After Cancer

In rare cases, some treatments for cancer can lead to a diagnosis of a second cancer at a later time. This is called secondary malignancy or secondary cancer.

Survivorship: Lung Health After Cancer

 It is important to do what you can to keep your lungs healthy and learn about possible symptoms of lung issues to report to your healthcare providers.

Respiratory Gating

An overview of respiratory gating, which involves certain breathing techniques used during radiation therapy. The most common types of respiratory gating are discussed.

Blogs

The Conception of OncoLink – A Perspective
by Carolyn Vachani, MSN, RN, AOCN
March 1, 2012

“No Shave November”
by Angelo Melendez
November 10, 2016
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