Supportive Care and Symptom Management

Word cloud containing Symptom Science topics.The Supportive Care and Symptom Management program supports studies on the prevention or treatment of acute and chronic symptoms and morbidities related to cancer and its treatment. This includes the impact on the quality of life of patients and their informal caregivers. The program also supports studies of patients and their caregivers at the end of life.

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The Opioid Epidemic and Cancer Pain Management: A Conversation with Dr. Judith Paice

POSTED: July 16, 2018

Judith Paice, PhD, RN, director of the Cancer Pain Program, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.Pain is a common symptom in cancer patients. It can be caused by cancer, its treatments, or a combination of factors. Although some pain lasts a relatively short time and will resolve on its own, cancer or its treatments can also lead to long-lasting, chronic pain. Opioid medications are an important component of managing some types of unrelieved cancer pain.

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Sodium Thiosulfate Prevents Cisplatin-Induced Hearing Loss in Some Children

POSTED: July 13, 2018

An inner ear "organoid" showing hair cells (red) and hair cell bundles (yellow).The drug sodium thiosulfate can protect the hearing of children with cancer undergoing treatment with the chemotherapy drug cisplatin, results from a new study show.

The clinical trial involved children with liver cancer that had not spread (localized cancer), for whom cisplatin is the standard chemotherapy. Although cisplatin is very effective, it also causes hearing loss in many children.

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