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by Amy Smith (as part of her ...Read more

by Amy Smith (as part of her Green Oncology series )

The Cost of Caring

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We are pleased to let you know that the CAPhO network on Sosido ( http://capho. sosido .com ) is now set up. You should have...Read more

by Kim Hugel - part 2 in Kim's series of articles on...Read more

by Kim Hugel - part 2 in Kim's series of articles on Pharmacist-Initiated Research

Part 1 - can be found here . ...Read more

by Amy Smith (as part of her Green Oncology series )

The Patient Issue

Approximately 50% of Canadians are smart phone users, with the fastest growing population of users between the ages of 55-64 years old. More oncology patients will be turning to technology, including smart phone applications (apps), to assist them through treatments due to the ease of use and extensive availability (more than 7000 health apps are currently available). Understandably technology can...Read more

It's been amazingly four months since NOPS 2012 in Saskatoon took place. Given that we are one-third of the way the way through until NOPS 2013, I thought I'd check in and see if any takeaways from this past National Oncology Pharmacy Symposium have been integrated into your practice - either on a large scale, or even if subtly introduced and utilized.

For instance:

Is motivational interviewing now a regular component of your patient teaching sessions? Have you noticed you're much better equipped to handle anemia management scenarios? Are you less intimidated...Read more

Green Oncology is a series of articles by Amy Smith

The Patient Issue:

Cancer related fatigue (CRF) is perceived by patients as one of the most distressing symptoms of chemotherapy. Of those receiving chemotherapy and/ or radiation therapy, 80% experience CRF. As a subjective side effect, it is difficult for patients to quantify and for clinicians to treat. With improving...Read more

Guest post by Kim Hugel

When I was approached to blog about the residency project that we were doing with one of the Calgary area residents, I admit, I was reluctant. Research is a daunting task as it is and, for me, blogging about it ranked right up there in terms of intimidation. However, I personally think that growth occurs from doing the very things that scare...Read more

Guest post by Amy Smith

Green Oncology: Calcium Supplementation and Reducing the Fracture Risk with Aromatase Inhibitors

The Patient Issue:

Many post-menopausal women with breast cancer will be taking aromatase inhibitors (AIs) such as anastrozole, exemestane, or letrozole. With AI’s having a fracture risk between 6-11% the risk is real. This is an opportunity for pharmacists to provide some clear advice in preventing fractures for these patients.

The Pharmacist’s...Read more