ANCHOR LEAD: NEW STRATEGIES AND MEDICATIONS HAVE MADE CHEMOTHERAPY MUCH MORE TOLERABLE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Chemotherapy used to be associated with nausea and vomiting, sometimes so severe it required hospitalization, but now most people can avoid this side effect of treatment, a recent review article in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded. Ben Park, an oncologist at Johns Hopkins, agrees.
PARK: Most chemotherapy, believe it or not, is administered in the outpatient setting and largely because of the better supportive agents that we have to treat cancer patients with the side effects and symptoms that they have from our chemotherapy. This is by far one of the unsung heroes in our ability to do that because we really rely upon these drugs routinely now. We administer them prechemotherapy and postchemotherapy. This has really allowed us to administer most of our chemotherapies in the outpatient setting, and its really a great example of how research can really pay off. :31
Park says people who must have chemotherapy should ask their oncologist about management of this very distressing side effect of treatment. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.