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Side effects of cancer immune therapies: fatigue

Luke Peppone

Doctor Luke Peppone of University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, begins by highlighting immune therapies and their potential as a novel treatment in cancer, boasting the highest survival rates and having a high level of dependency from patients. Dr. Peppone further explores the unfortunate side effects that do co-occur with these types of treatment and that research is currently in process to help abate these side effects, helping the patient maintain quality of life through treatment. He provides a brief overview on recent research focusing on omega 3 supplementation (fish oil) for fatigue, compared against omega 6 supplements (soybean oil). Fatigue is currently being tested due to the side effect being the most debilitating chronic symptom among over 95 percent of patients. He also mentions fatigue being exacerbated by other side effects such as pain and cognitive impairment. Dr. Peppone finishes of by noting that there really is no pharmaceutical answer yet, however exercises have been found to be very effective at treating fatigue, yoga being one example. Although it is very difficult to get patients to start exercising when they are fatigued, exercise is one of the good solutions to this problem. Recorded at the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) and International Society of Ocular Oncology (ISOO) 2016 Annual Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer held in Adelaide, Australia.

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