CEA Flares During Chemo Don't Mean Cancer Progression

Colorectal cancer patients whose CEA blood tests rise at the beginning of chemotherapy and then fall (CEA flare) do better than patients with a consistently rising CEA.   CEA flares don’t necessarily predict worsening cancer. Compared to patients with consistently rising carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), patients who had a CEA flare had more tumor shrinkage, longer time before…  Read More

Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: July 10

Research this week finds FDG/PET able to predict response to chemotherapy even after one treatment, and chemotherapy before surgery for liver mets makes CT scan evaluation less accurate. Finding the best imaging methods to diagnosis and monitor cancer and comparing new colorectal cancer screening technologies to current standards are among recommended priorities for comparative effectiveness research…  Read More

Response to Chemo Before Liver Met Resection Doesn't Predict Survival

Patients who had tumors shrink in response to chemotherapy given before they had surgery for colorectal cancer that had spread to their livers had no better long-term survival than patients whose cancer remained the same or even got worse. Doctors in New York followed 111 patients who had chemotherapy before surgery to remove liver metastases (neoadjuvant…  Read More

Ginger Helps Relieve Chemo Nausea

Adding ginger capsules to standard treatment for chemotherapy nausea reduced nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy. Patients who got ginger (Zingiber Officinale) in capsules twice a day for three days before chemo and three days after reported significantly less nausea that those who were treated with placebo.  All patients in the study also received standard anti-nausea therapy…  Read More

Adding Erbitux to First Line Chemotherapy with Avastin Hurts More than Helps

Adding Erbitux to standard first line treatment for colorectal cancer of CAPOX with Avastin doesn’t help.  In fact, patients who receive the additional agent have a shorter time until their cancer gets worse and have worse side effects. Results of a randomized phase III clinical trial that added the monoclonal antibody Erbitux® (cetuximab) to Xeloda® (capecitabine),…  Read More

Medication Errors in Eight Percent of Chemotherapy Outpatient Visits

Errors in giving chemotherapy and associated medicines were found in over seven percent of adult outpatient visits and nearly twenty percent of children’s visits in a recent study. Most often, mistakes were made when changes were made to the original prescription on the day chemo was administered.  For children, about a third of mistakes happened when…  Read More