This installment demonstrates how the caregiver's cancer journey often parallels that of the patient with cancer, highlighting their need for evolving support through survivorship.
Nurses can play a key role in assessing financial strain and involving social workers or financial counselors.
Clinicians have an important role to play in providing support and guidance for caregivers.
Outcomes assessment of patients participating in several different trials quantified the effect of nausea and vomiting separately, and on both the patient and the caregiver.
As the holidays approach, offering these SUPPORT tips can help caregivers of patients with cancer make the most of the seasonal activities and the time with their loved ones.
Caregivers of patients with malignant brain tumors often bear additional burdens in their role, as these patients often experience cognition-related adverse effects as well as the effects of their cancer and its treatment.
When patients and families are holding on to what you don't say, they may use combativeness and being argumentative to keep you — and your words — from bringing them to accept the unacceptable.
There is an increased burden on caregivers to not only assist with IADLs but also to assess patient conditions and provide health care information.
Correlation between training and caregiver burden was partially mediated by confidence, researchers found.
Treating the Other "Patient": Depressive Symptoms Are Predictive of Declining Physical Health in CaregiversJuly 19, 2017
The person with cancer is not always the oncology nurse's only patient. Caregivers should be assessed for depressive symptoms, which can indicate declining physical health in the caregiver, and receive appropriate treatment.
Grief over a loved one's impending death may manifest as other emotions or difficult-to-manage behavior. This month's column describes how families may express their grief as anxiety about their loved one's care, an attempt to take control of the situation, or anger toward the clinicians involved in their loved one's care.
An educational counseling intervention delivered by nurses directly to spouses of women with breast cancer improved marital communications and patients' appraisal of their spouse's interpersonal support.
Trends in caregiver involvement in home-based patient care are introducing new avenues for symptom management and improved health-related quality of life for patients undergoing chemotherapy for advanced breast cancer.
Caregivers of patients with cancer report a higher burden and significantly more time providing care compared with caregivers of patients with other conditions.
Nearly 25% to 33% of family caregivers of patients with advanced cancers report high levels of anxiety and depression symptoms, as well as significant time providing care.
Reflecting on the 2 meanings of this simple word helps explain the nuances of communicating with cancer patients and their families at pivotal points of care.
Palliative Care-Led Support vs Usual Care: Not Significantly Different for Anxiety and Depression in Cancer Patients' Family MembersJuly 06, 2016
Palliative care-led informational and emotional support meetings do not reduce anxiety or depression symptoms and may increase posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in family members of patients with chronic critical illness.
The introduction of palliative care shortly after a patient is diagnosed with cancer is associated with improved quality of life.
Are the difficult questions easier to answer when the patient still has treatment options available? Ann Brady talks about helping patients and families navigate the changes in disease and care.
Severity of complicated grief and risk of prolonged grief disorder are reduced in high-risk families that receive family-focused therapy during palliative care and into bereavement.
A group of pediatric oncology psychosocial experts developed evidence-based standards for the care of children with cancer and their families.
Family caregivers providing substantial assistance with health care to older adults experience significant emotional difficulty and role-related effects, but only one-quarter use supportive services.
Religious or spiritual considerations were discussed in 16% of family meetings in ICUs, but health care professionals only rarely explored the patient's or family's religious or spiritual ideas.
Patient-centered toolkit (PCTK) improves communication between patients, caregivers, and health care teamSeptember 03, 2015
A novel web-based, patient-centered toolkit (PCTK) helped patients develop their plan of care.
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.
The stress of caregivers of patients receiving stem cell transplantation can be successfully reduced by an intervention, according to a randomized controlled trial.
The emotional state and health of a cancer survivor's spouse can affect their own well being, a recent study indicates.
A new randomized clinical trial has noted several significant benefits for those who began palliative care early.
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.
Bathing and Honoring a patient who's died "provides a final positive experience for family members and allows them to begin the grieving process."
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