Written by: Danny Olszta, PharmD, BCOP Jolliet Oncology Hematology Associates
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For patients with Non‐Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) that have a del 19 EGFR mutation appropriate for first‐line treatment with an epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) Inhibitor, Afatinib (Gilotrif) has a clear overall survival (OS) benefit compared to chemotherapy. If another EGFR inhibitor is being prescribed for a patient with a del 19 EGFR mutation, the pharmacist will contact the Physician to determine why the current therapy was chosen.

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Written by Danny Olszta, PharmD, BCOP Jolliet Oncology Hematology Associates
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Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) diagnosis with the chromosomal abnormality of 17p Deletion is associated with a poor prognosis. The 17p deletion is found 3‐10% of the time at diagnosis, but 30‐ 50% at relapse. Testing rates at diagnosis and especially relapse are low. Venetoclax is approved in patients who have relapsed after one therapy and have the 17p deletion. Continue reading CLL and Del17P

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Written By: Todd Murphree, PharmD Clearview Cancer Institute
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Jakafi (ruxolitinib) is a selective Jak2 inhibitor used for the treatment of myelofibrosis (MF). It is a drug that requires close monitoring of platelets to ensure that a patient is on the appropriate dose and avoids severe thrombocytopenia due to the therapy. Continue reading Managing Myelofibrosis Patients

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Written by: Jonas Congelli, RPh Hematology Oncology Associates of CNY
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Preventative use of 10‐20% urea cream has been shown to reduce the severity and time to developing hand‐foot syndrome (HFS).Patients started on medications known to cause HFS will be educated on the importance of using 10‐20% urea cream to prevent HFS. Continue reading Drug Induced Hand‐Foot Syndrome

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