Caregivers

Caregivers of Patients With Cancer Report Higher Burden vs Other Caregivers

Caregivers of Patients With Cancer Report Higher Burden vs Other Caregivers

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Caregivers of patients with cancer report a higher burden and significantly more time providing care compared with caregivers of patients with other conditions.

Family Caregivers of Patients With Advanced Cancer Report High Anxiety, Depression

Family Caregivers of Patients With Advanced Cancer Report High Anxiety, Depression

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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.

What Does It Take to Make a Miracle Happen?

What Does It Take to Make a Miracle Happen?

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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 Members

Palliative Care-Led Support vs Usual Care: Not Significantly Different for Anxiety and Depression in Cancer Patients' Family Members

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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.

Early Palliative Care Improves Quality of Life for Family Caregivers of Patients With Cancer

Early Palliative Care Improves Quality of Life for Family Caregivers of Patients With Cancer

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The introduction of palliative care shortly after a patient is diagnosed with cancer is associated with improved quality of life.

To What End? Helping Patients and Families Face a Juncture in the Cancer Care Continuum

To What End? Helping Patients and Families Face a Juncture in the Cancer Care Continuum

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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.

Family-focused Therapy Improves Grieving and Coping in Families at High Risk for Dysfunction

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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.

Standards Established for Psychosocial Care of Children With Cancer and Their Families

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A group of pediatric oncology psychosocial experts developed evidence-based standards for the care of children with cancer and their families.

Family Caregivers of Older Adults Experience Significant Emotional Difficulty

Family Caregivers of Older Adults Experience Significant Emotional Difficulty

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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.

Religion, physicians, and surrogate decision-makers in the ICU

Religion, physicians, and surrogate decision-makers in the ICU

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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 team

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A novel web-based, patient-centered toolkit (PCTK) helped patients develop their plan of care.

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.

Clinical trial reduces the stress of stem cell transplant patients' caregivers

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The stress of caregivers of patients receiving stem cell transplantation can be successfully reduced by an intervention, according to a randomized controlled trial.

Spouses' mood may impact the well-being of cancer survivors

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The emotional state and health of a cancer survivor's spouse can affect their own well being, a recent study indicates.

Early use of palliative care in cancer improves patients' lives and outcomes for caregivers

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A new randomized clinical trial has noted several significant benefits for those who began palliative care early.

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.

'Bathing and Honoring' Intervention Benefits Families After Acute Care Patient Death

'Bathing and Honoring' Intervention Benefits Families After Acute Care Patient Death

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Bathing and Honoring a patient who's died "provides a final positive experience for family members and allows them to begin the grieving process."

Nurse-patient communication: Speaking without words

Nurse-patient communication: Speaking without words

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Sometimes communication barriers cannot be broken until the patient, the family, and the nurse find a common ground together.

Support team aids decision-making by caregivers of terminal cancer patients

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Researchers devised an intervention that quickly integrates a cancer support team to guide caregivers and their patients through difficult end-of-life treatment and decisions.

Early initiation of palliative care support improves caregiver quality of life and patient survival

Early initiation of palliative care support improves caregiver quality of life and patient survival

The earlier a specific phone-based, palliative care support program can be introduced to caregivers, the better they will be able to cope with the caregiving experience, according to research conducted by University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing investigators.

The Healing Arts Program at Montefiore: A collaboration that heals patients and nurses

The Healing Arts Program at Montefiore: A collaboration that heals patients and nurses

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A major medical center in New York City uses a program of arts and music to help patients through their treatments. The program is even being used to give nurses a chance to de-stress.

Peter Rabbit and Mrs. McGregor's pie: Facing a cancer prognosis

Peter Rabbit and Mrs. McGregor's pie: Facing a cancer prognosis

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Have you had a patient or family of a patient who seem to know the diagnosis and prognosis, yet they react as if they do not completely understand? How do you handle a situation like that?

Efforts needed to support male caregivers of women with breast cancer

Efforts needed to support male caregivers of women with breast cancer

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—Ensuring that male caregivers have the necessary support may alleviate the marital distress, depression, and intimacy issues that they experience during diagnosis and treatment of their loved ones with breast cancer, two speakers said at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

Needs of caregivers of head and neck cancer patients require recognition

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—After a patient receives a cancer diagnosis, their caregivers also undergo major life changes. The importance of these caregivers should be recognized by nurses in planning care for patients, especially for those with head and neck cancer. This research was presented at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

Survey offers insight on coping with advanced prostate cancer

Survey offers insight on coping with advanced prostate cancer

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Ninety-one men and 100 caregivers shared their thoughts on what worries them most when advanced prostate cancer becomes a way of life.

Lack of sleep, increased stress are common maternal experiences after a child's ALL treatment

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Even months after their child's acute lymphoblastic leukemia diagnosis and treatment, 46% of mothers still exhibited symptoms of clinical anxiety, and 26% of mothers showed depressive symptoms.

Parents resilient after their children undergo stem cell transplant

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A recent study shows that, in the case of stem cell transplantation in a child, parents feel increased distress at the time of the procedure, but eventually recover.

Caregivers may want to nix cancer screening for patients with dementia

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Many people caring for a family member with dementia want to put an end to screening the person for cancer as the dementia progresses, and are relieved when health care providers bring up the topic, according to the findings of a small focus-group study.

Coping with compassion fatigue

Coping with compassion fatigue

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Oncology nurses are exposed every day to so much pain and suffering. Any suggestions?

Psychosocial support: Meeting the standard for quality patient care

Psychosocial support: Meeting the standard for quality patient care

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Clinicians and even patients themselves tend to undervalue the need for help with nonclinical concerns.

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