Written by: Neal Dave, PharmD and Julianne Orr, PharmD NCODA Spring Forum PQI Workshop
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Opioids are commonly utilized in the management of moderate to severe cancer pain. Constipation is a major side effect of opioid administration and should be assessed and managed by the healthcare team.
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Written by: Brady Quinn and Britny Rogala, PharmD – University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy
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The utilization of proper diet, over-the-counter medications, and alternative prescriptions can be helpful for patients suffering from multisource drug-induced constipation. Preventing this type of constipation requires less interventions than treating the symptoms once they occur.1

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Written by: Kirollos S. Hanna, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP
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Patients receiving cancer therapies should be adequately assessed and managed to prevent chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV). 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT3) receptor antagonists, neurokinin-1 receptor (NK1R) antagonists, glucocorticoids, benzodiazepines, dopaminergic agents and other therapeutic classes have demonstrated substantial antiemetic activity. Despite proven efficacy, choice of therapy should be tailored to the individual patient based on the distinct types of CINV, patient risk factors and emetogenic potential of therapy. Guidelines for antiemetic therapy for intravenously administered chemotherapy according to the estimated risk of CINV are available from American Society of Clinical Oncology, National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer/ European Society for Medical Oncology1-3. Optimal control and prevention of CINV has been associated with improved adherence to cancer therapy stressing the importance of understanding and adhering to these guidelines4,5.
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Written by Neal Dave, PharmD Texas Oncology
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Treatment of Polycythemia Vera can be challenging, and identifying patients that are having a proper response to treatment is essential to preventing cardiovascular events. Establishing follow ups and lab reviews are recommended to ensure positive outcomes.

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