Research Round Up Podcasts: Side Effects, Palliative Care, and Quality of Life

Research Round Up Podcast Series
July 12, 2016

The new research that came out of the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting will have a long-lasting impact on cancer care. In Cancer.Net’s annual Research Round Up podcast series, experts discuss the research that they found most significant and share what it means for people with cancer.  

You may think that cancer research focuses only on new ways to treat cancer. But in these 2 podcasts, Charles Loprinzi, MD, and Kavitha Ramchandran, MD, discuss research that looked at ways to improve the lives of people with cancer, from preventing side effects to addressing emotional concerns and improving the overall quality of care.

Research looks at ways to manage side effects and improve quality of life

Dr. Loprinzi from Mayo Clinic discusses ways to prevent and manage common side effects of cancer treatment, as well as using palliative care to improve the health and well-being of patients and caregivers: share on twitter 

  • Several new studies show that certain factors, such as obesity or diabetes, can increase the risk of developing peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy is nerve damage that causes numbness, tingling, or pain in the hands and feet. However, regular exercise can reduce this risk, and another type of therapy called cryotherapy shows promise in preventing neuropathy [1:37].

  • Additional studies address other side effects of treatment, such as fatigue, nausea and vomiting, and skin rash [6:29].

  • Having palliative care specialists involved earlier in treatment can help decrease anxiety and depression and improves the quality of life for caregivers [10:28].

A transcript of this podcast is available.

Palliative care can help patients live better

Dr. Ramchandran from Stanford University discusses several aspects of palliative care that were raised at the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting: share on twitter

  • New studies on side effects such as constipation, fatigue, and neuropathy [1:52].

  • Including palliative care in regular treatment earlier in the process can increase quality of life and reduce symptoms [7:15].

  • A study on survivorship care planning suggests that just having a survivorship care plan in a document is not enough. The researchers found that survivors had better care if they included a clinic visit as part of their survivorship care planning. That way, the patient and an expert could walk through the plan together [9:26].

  • A separate study on advanced cancer care planning looked at the best ways for patients to express and communicate their health care wishes with their doctor [9:57].

A transcript of this podcast is available.

These are prerecorded audio podcasts. They can be listened to online or downloaded to your computer. For more information, visit the Cancer.Net podcast page.