Addressing Gaps in Knowledge of the Optimal Approach to Managing Myelofibrosis

Myeloproliferative neoplasms, including myelofibrosis, polycythemia vera, and essential thrombocytopenia, affect approximately 13,000, 134,000, and 148,000 individuals in the United States, respectively. Due to difficulties in identifying the disease, low disease prevalence, a complicated symptom profile, differences in patient and provider perspectives regarding symptom burden and treatment goals, and a lack of effective and tolerable therapies, there is confusion over the optimal approach to t...
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Evaluating Symptoms and Treatment Options for Myelofibrosis: Alice Lynn, ANP, and Dawn Urbanovsky, RN, BSN, OCN®

Myelofibrosis, a myeloproliferative neoplasm characterized by bone marrow fibrosis, cytopenias, and extramedullary hematopoiesis, is a very challenging disease to treat, with patients experiencing progressive symptoms that can negatively impact their quality of life. In this excerpt of the transcript from their nursing continuing professional development (NCPD)-approved activity, Nursing Management of Myelofibrosis: Controlling Symptoms and Optimizing Patient Quality of Life, Alice Lynn, ANP, an...
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What is the Frequency of Opioid Abuse in Cancer Patients?

With the opioid crisis claiming so many lives, physicians need to be especially careful prescribing these drugs. However, for many patients with cancer who are in a lot of pain, opioids can be a necessary part of treatment. So how can physicians determine predictors and frequency of opioid abuse in this population? A study now published in JAMA Oncology found that marital status, higher levels of pain, high scores on the Screener and Opioid Assessment for Patients with Pain (SOAPP), and morphine...
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Hagop Kantarjian, MD: Inotuzumab Ozogamicin for Relapsed/Refractory Ph-Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Among patients with relapsed/refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), those with Philadelphia chromosome (Ph)-positive disease experience a higher rate of relapse and poorer chances of long-term survival. According to results of the phase 3 INO-VATE trial recently published in Cancer, inotuzumab ozogamicin, a humanized anti-CD22 monoclonal antibody, achieved high rates of response, remission, and progression-free survival in patients with this disease. In this interview with i3 Health, Hag...
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Pralsetinib Approved For Patients with Advanced or Metastatic RET-Altered Medullary Thyroid Cancer

The FDA has approved pralsetinib (GAVRETOTM, Blueprint Medicines Corporation) for adult and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older with advanced or metastatic RET-mutant medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) that requires systemic therapy and for patients with RET fusion-positive thyroid cancer who require systemic therapy and whose disease is refractory to radioactive iodine therapy. The approval was based on ARROW (NCT03037385), an open label, multi-cohort phase 1/2 clinical trial led by f...
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