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Semin Oncol Nurs. 2007 Nov;23(4 Suppl 2):S23-30. doi: 10.1016/j.soncn.2007.10.005.

Managing treatment side effects in advanced breast cancer.

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  • 1CancerExpertise, Chicago, IL 60641-3228, USA. susan.moore@cancerexpertise.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To compare and contrast the side-effect profiles of antineoplastic therapy options used in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer.

DATA SOURCES:

Published research articles, abstracts, and clinical experience.

CONCLUSION:

Novel and existing antineoplastic agents used in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer generally have mild side effects, but can have the potential for serious reactions. Nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomatitis/mucositis, and dermatologic and cardiovascular effects are common. Strategies such as dietary changes, over-the-counter remedies, and dose modification can be used to counteract these mild effects.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE:

The oncology nurse should be aware of common adverse events associated with antineoplastic agents, recognize early side-effect signs, and be ready with effective strategies to mitigate side effects when and if they occur.

PMID:
18054679
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