HemOnc.org - A Hematology Oncology Wiki:General disclaimer

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HemOnc.org is a reference to be used for educational purposes only by appropriately trained medical professionals. This site is intended to give providers the ability to quickly refer to the primary literature, review notes from themselves and their peers, and to share useful resources. This site may not be used as a substitute for formal medical training, may never be used as a substitute for independent clinical judgment, and in no way should be construed as offering medical advice.

Users of the site are ultimately responsible for reviewing the primary references for all information. For example, in the case of chemotherapy regimens, users must look up the original references cited to confirm doses and schedules of the constituent medications. Every effort is made to ensure accuracy of the contents within, but it is understood that there may be significant variability in practice among institutions and individuals, and that best practices change over time. Protocols with the same acronym and overall medications are sometimes given with different dosages depending on the study referenced. No liability will be assumed for any typographical or factual errors. The primary literature sometimes contains vague wording or outright typographical errors, and the authors try their best to specifically point out discrepancies in the literature that have been noticed. Modifications in dose and/or schedule may be needed depending on patients' organ function, performance status, side effects, toxicity, and response. This cannot and should not be interpreted to be an all-inclusive reference, and there is no intention to prioritize or endorse any particular regimens. Medical professionals are responsible for exercising independent clinical judgement for every individual clinical scenario.

The content of the site is under continuous development, and users should therefore never assume that it is "complete." The lack of information here does not mean it is absent elsewhere. Medicine is an ever-changing field, and despite the editors' best efforts, there may be old information that needs to be updated. Over time, it is possible for information that was previously thought to be correct to become incorrect. The best way for this site to stay current is for new users to join and help out. Certain pages may contain additional types of information as the editors of the site periodically pilot certain initiatives.

Example order sets that may contain additional information about supportive medications, suggestions for monitoring, hydration, and pre-treatment screening information for chemotherapy regimens are purely anecdotal, provided only as examples of what some other providers may be using, and are typically not based on references in the primary literature (i.e. not evidence-based). They are being shared in hopes that they will be helpful for comparison to best local practices and help providers to gain additional insight into variations in practice between clinical sites. Choices for supportive medications, monitoring, hydration, and pre-treatment screening should always be independently determined by providers. These example order sets are contributed from multiple sources, and they may contain deviations from standard of care or outright errors. Again, they are shared solely as examples and are not a substitute for independent clinical judgement. Similarly, there are no guarantees, expressed or implied, regarding the accuracy or completeness of notes about procedures and informed consent discussions; they are provided only as examples.

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