Oncology

Cancer Treatment
AcutusRx

Patient's Lifestyle

Chemotherapy is critical for cancer treatment, however its side effects can make the patient's lifestyle very uncomfortable and unpleasant.

AcutusRx has the ability to customize medications that alleviate many of these side effects of chemotherapy, our team of pharmacists can prepare them in a way that is easy to use, including many different routes of administration.

Our custom formulations for oncology treatment related side effects include but are not limited to:

Allodynia

Is pain that is caused by a stimulus which under normal circumstances does not provoke pain (for example, pain from normal movement of joints). It is a symptom of painful conditions such as: neuropathies, shingles and migraines. There are 3 types of allodynia.

Constipation

Are hard to pass (straining during more than 25% of the time) or infrequent (less than 3 times a week) bowel movements. Constipation is a clinical symptom of an underlying disease. Some of the primary causes can include: low fiber diets, hormonal disorders, and as side effects of medications. Complications that can arise from constipation include: hemorrhoids, anal fissures, rectal prolapse and fecal impaction.

Dry Mouth

Also known as xerostomia, it is oral dryness that can be seen as reduced salivary flow or a change in the composition of saliva. At times, xerostomia can cause difficulties in speaking, cracked lips, bad breath, a white tongue, persistent cough, and may lead to malnutrition. Some of the many causes of dry mouth include: radiation therapy, diabetes, pregnancy, stress, anxiety, depression and the side effects of many medications (some include: antihistamines, antidepressants, NSAIDs and hypertension).

Pruritus

Which is the medical term for an itch, is an irritation in the skin that causes an urge to scratch. Pruritus can be localized or generalized. The causes of itching are extensive, a small list includes: allergic reactions, head lice, herpes, scab growth and healing, skin conditions (such as athlete’s foot), diabetes, and drugs (such as opioids). Itching can lead to bacterial infections in cases where the scratching leads to breakage of the skin.

Mouth Pain

Pain or burning in the mouth is a symptom of a large number of primary causes. Some of these root causes include: dry mouth, diabetes, cancers (such as leukemia and mouth cancer), and shingles.

Nausea and Vomiting

Nausea is an uneasiness of the stomach that often comes before vomiting. Vomiting is the forcible voluntary or involuntary emptying of stomach contents through the mouth. Some of the many causes of nausea and vomiting include: tumors, intense pain, pregnancy, cancers and mental disorders. Severe and frequent vomiting can have serious complications such as aspiration of vomit, dehydration, tooth decay and Mallory-Weiss syndrome (small esophageal tears).

Pain

An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pain has both physical and emotional components. The physical part of pain results from nerve stimulation. Pain may be contained to a discrete area or be more generalized. Pain is mediated by specific nerve fibers that carry the pain impulses to the brain where their conscious appreciation may be modified by many factors.

Radiation Burns

Is a common side effect of radiation therapy in which the skin of the treated area becomes red and irritated. It occurs to some degree in most patients who undergo radiation therapy. Radiation kills not only cancer cells, but also some healthy cells. This causes the skin to peel. Damage to the skin can occur within 1 to 2 weeks of treatment and usually resolves when treatment is finished. Symptoms of radiation dermatitis include: hair loss, decreased sweating, edema, ulcerations, bleeding and skin cell death.

Scars

Scars are areas of fibrous tissue that replace normal skin after injury. A scar results from the biological process of wound repair in the skin and other tissues of the body. Different types of scaring include: hypertrophic (which includes keloids), atrophic, and stretch marks.

Wounds

Occur when the skin is broken or damaged because of injury. Proper wound care is necessary to prevent infection, assure there are no other associated injuries, and to promote healing of the skin. An additional goal is to have a good cosmetic result after the wound has completely healed. Common signs and symptoms include: pain, swelling, and bleeding. Bacterial infections of wounds can lead to delayed healing and possibly lead to sepsis.

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