Cancer Care

Many Hold Incorrect Beliefs About FDA Approval Standards and Breakthrough Therapies

Many Hold Incorrect Beliefs About FDA Approval Standards and Breakthrough Therapies

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Recent survey data indicates that the majority of respondents held incorrect beliefs about both U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval standards.

Cancer Care and Fertility Info Improves Patient Satisfaction

Cancer Care and Fertility Info Improves Patient Satisfaction

Almost all males and females who received and read the fertility information materials found them helpful.

Reprogramming the Immune System to Target Cancer: Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cell Therapy

Reprogramming the Immune System to Target Cancer: Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cell Therapy

An emerging immunotherapy technique uses patients' own T-cells to develop a personalized, targeted anticancer treatment. This review discusses the CAR T-cell process, and the nurses' role in recognizing and managing its toxicities.

More Precise Cancer Predictions Are the Goal of New Guidelines for Precision Medicine

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Given to the importance of improved cancer predictors, the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) has established first-of-its-kind guidelines for the practice of precision medicine.

Satisfaction With Navigators Associated With Satisfaction With Cancer-related Care

Satisfaction With Navigators Associated With Satisfaction With Cancer-related Care

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A new study has linked satisfaction with nurse navigators to satisfaction with cancer-related care.

Stethoscope Remains Important Despite Technological Advances

Stethoscope Remains Important Despite Technological Advances

Despite increase in point-of-care ultrasound training, stethoscopes remain an important tool for clinicians.

Increasing Patient Panel Size Lowers Screening Rates

Increasing Patient Panel Size Lowers Screening Rates

Increasing panel size has been linked to decreases in cancer screening, continuity, and comprehensiveness of care, according to a recent study.

Symptom Self-reporting Associated With Clinical Benefits

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Self-reporting of symptoms via tablet was benefit for patients, according to a study performed at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Therapy Dogs and Children With Cancer

Therapy Dogs and Children With Cancer

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Researchers hope to prove the positive effects of the use of therapy dogs in pediatric oncology.

Using the Immune System to Improve the Efficacy of Radiation Therapy

Using the Immune System to Improve the Efficacy of Radiation Therapy

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A healthy immune system may be the key to effective radiation therapy for cancer patients.

Cancer Prehabilitation and Rehabilitation: What Will It Take for These Services to Catch On?

Cancer Prehabilitation and Rehabilitation: What Will It Take for These Services to Catch On?

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Two of our ONA Navigation Summit advisors discuss the emerging role of prehabilitation and rehabilitation in the continuum of cancer care.

Navigation Program Tackles Cancer Care on Two Fronts

Navigation Program Tackles Cancer Care on Two Fronts

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In a novel 2-year fellowship, senior college students serve as lay-navigators then continue on to work solutions to the challenges facing cancer patients.

Primary Care Physicians May Be Key to Meeting the Growing Demand for Cancer Care

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Radical improvements in diagnostic services, cancer education, and training, and policies that encourage integration between primary and specialist care, primary care doctors could hold the key to meeting the growing demand for cancer care.

New risk score for colorectal cancer could guide selection of screening tests

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A new risk assessment scoring system could help physicians determine which patients can forgo invasive colonoscopy for cancer screening and which patients should undergo the procedure.

Patients often receive oncology care at multiple hospitals

Patients often receive oncology care at multiple hospitals

More than a third of colon cancer patients in study received care from different facilities.

Physician peer exposure affects brachytherapy choices

Physician peer exposure affects brachytherapy choices

Exposure to peers who were early adopters of brachytherapy is associated with increased use, a study found.

Supporting the cancer patient's long-distance caregiver

Supporting the cancer patient's long-distance caregiver

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Providing care for a loved one with cancer is even more difficult for long-distance caregivers. In this column, an oncology social worker offers tips on helping caregivers overcome these challenges.

Leading cancer experts write a prescription for more affordable cancer drugs

Leading cancer experts write a prescription for more affordable cancer drugs

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The nation's leading cancer experts have drafted a plan to reduce the high cost of cancer drugs and voiced support for a grassroots movement demanding action on the issue.

Cardio-oncology services may improve patient care if more widely available

Cardio-oncology services may improve patient care if more widely available

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A nationwide survey indicates that many hospital training programs have no formal training or services in cardio-oncology, and barriers exist to establishing these programs.

Imaging technique identifies early metastasis in lymph nodes

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A new, accurate imaging technique, combining photoacoustics with nanosensors, has been developed for the noninvasive screening of lymph nodes for metastatic cancer.

Oncologist's recommendations and motivation package spur exercise for cancer patients

Oncologist's recommendations and motivation package spur exercise for cancer patients

An oncologist's exercise recommendations coupled with an exercise motivation package can greatly increase exercise participation by cancer survivors.

Childhood cancer survivors may be at risk for later obesity

Childhood cancer survivors may be at risk for later obesity

Certain cancer treatments can be linked to later weight gain.

Dying patients' choices not always aligned to caregivers'

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A recent study examined choices patients with cancer and their caretakers make with regard to willingness to purchase high-cost treatments that may only increase a patient's quality of life slightly.

Model Details Challenges of Educating Staff in Pediatric, Adult Oncology Patient Care

Model Details Challenges of Educating Staff in Pediatric, Adult Oncology Patient Care

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A model was created to address the challenges of educating staff that care for both adult and pediatric patients.

Kaizen Huddle Boards Enhance Patient Care, Reduces Waste in Ambulatory Center

Kaizen Huddle Boards Enhance Patient Care, Reduces Waste in Ambulatory Center

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Employing the kaizen lean methodology of daily huddles and huddle boards in ambulatory oncology over 10 months has led to improved patient care.

Streamlined military workflow produces more patient appointments with fewer return visits

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A workflow system developed at military medical facilities could prove beneficial for civilian patients and clinicians.

Older cancer patients often take inappropriate meds

Older cancer patients often take inappropriate meds

A pharmacist-led comprehensive medication assessment showed a high prevalence of polypharmacy and inappropriate medication use among older patients with cancer.

HHS aims to restore joy of medicine

HHS aims to restore joy of medicine

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is listening to physicians and addressing concerns including EHR usability, meaningful use, and other challenges.

Transfusion Indications for Patients With Cancer

Transfusion Indications for Patients With Cancer

In infrequent situations in which coagulation factor replacement is needed, plasma can be vital for patients with cancer. Granulocyte transfusions may sometimes be considered for recalcitrant infections in patients with neutropenia. This article summarizes the current clinical indications and uses of RBCs, plasma, and granulocytes.

Patient engagement initiatives can benefit outcomes and lower costs

Patient engagement initiatives can benefit outcomes and lower costs

Initiatives can decrease hospital visits, cut morbidity and mortality, and up treatment adherence.

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