The Exchange

Commentary and Observations from
the Medical Front Lines


<a href='/the-exchange/the-dilemma-of-the-opioid-crisis-and-cancer-pain'>The Dilemma of the Opioid Crisis and Cancer Pain</a>

The Dilemma of the Opioid Crisis and Cancer Pain

The misuse of opioids and inappropriate prescribing patterns have led to addiction and overdose deaths in the United States that have risen sharply in the past 10 years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, from 2016 to 2017 alone drug overdose deaths rose by 9.6%, with over 70,200 opioid-related deaths. more >

Found in: Oncology/Hematology, Substance Abuse

<a href='/the-exchange/what-the-heck-is-ntrk-'>What the Heck is NTRK?</a>

What the Heck is NTRK?

Neurotrophic receptor tyrosine kinase (NTRK) is a gene, and when it fuses to an unrelated gene in some cancers it can become a driver for cancer growth. Two more >

<a href='/the-exchange/metastatic-lung-cancer-immunotherapy-gives-hope'>Metastatic Lung Cancer: Immunotherapy Gives Hope</a>

Metastatic Lung Cancer: Immunotherapy Gives Hope

In 2005, the 5-year survival rate for patients with stage IV or metastatic non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC)—the most common type of lung cancer—was a more >

<a href='/the-exchange/breaking-down-racial-disparities-in-cancer-care-the-affordable-care-act'>Breaking Down Racial Disparities in Cancer Care: The Affordable Care Act</a>

Breaking Down Racial Disparities in Cancer Care: The Affordable Care Act

Racial disparities are well known to exist in cancer care and outcomes. Several barriers exist including access to care, cultural biases about healthcare and more >

<a href='/the-exchange/acute-renal-failure-after-cancer-treatment'>Acute Renal Failure After Cancer Treatment</a>

Acute Renal Failure After Cancer Treatment

Acute renal failure (ARF) in cancer patients is a dreadful complication that causes substantial morbidity and mortality. ARF is defined as a sustained and more >

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