Communication

From CancerCare Unique challenges confront patients with lung cancer

Unique challenges confront patients with lung cancer

The stigma of smoking as a cause of cancer can add to a patient's difficulty in coping with lung cancer, even for patients who never smoked cigarettes.

Oncology Nursing Smoking cessation: Helping patients with cancer quit

Smoking cessation: Helping patients with cancer quit

The NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology for Smoking Cessation can help you plan a successful quit program for your patients who smoke.

Side-Effect Management Counseling cancer patients on effective nutritional practices

Counseling cancer patients on effective nutritional practices

Patients with GI cancer may struggle to maintain nutritional status; therefore, nurses should be ready to step in with information and interventions.

Navigator Notes Shared decision-making in cancer

Shared decision-making in cancer

Oncology nurse navigator help patients and families understand treatment options and sort through how care decisions may impact their lives.

From CancerCare Psychosocial challenges of pregnancy-associated breast cancer (PABC)

Psychosocial challenges of pregnancy-associated breast cancer (PABC)

Breast cancer during pregnancy presents additional psychosocial challenges as patients cope with a devastating diagnosis during a time of hope and promise for the future.

Oncology Nursing Screening for psychosocial distress: A review

Screening for psychosocial distress: A review

Distress screening at pivotal points in care helps nurses identify which patients need additional support as they cope with their disease and treatments.

Advisor Forum Hair dye use during chemotherapy

Hair dye use during chemotherapy

Is it safe to use hair dyes concurrently with chemotherapy?

Communication Challenges Patient treatment: The constancy of vulnerability

Patient treatment: The constancy of vulnerability

Transitions from one stage of cancer care to another are pivotal points of vulnerability for patients. The most significant point comes at the end of treatment, as patients face life forever changed.

From CancerCare Understanding the male patient with cancer

Understanding the male patient with cancer

How men perceive their role within their family dynamic or social circles may impact how they respond to a cancer diagnosis. Often they retreat or shut down, further challenging the efforts of their oncology care providers and loved ones to help them cope.

Communication Challenges Patient education with subtitles

Patient education with subtitles

The author learned to fully appreciate the significance of inflection and tone, hallmarks of spoken communication, when she faced a new challenge: counseling a deaf patient and his wife, who also is deaf.

Are decisions on treatment choices for prostate cancer shared by doctor and patient?

Truly shared decision-making is possible only when the patient understands everything the treatment options entail, and the doctor understands the patient's personal situation and desires.

Strategies improve colorectal screening rates in low-income and minority populations

A recent study examined why individuals do not always follow through with colorectal cancer screening.

Breast cancer patients want, but may not get, genetic risk discussion

Breast cancer patients want, but may not get, genetic risk discussion

Although many patients with breast cancer are concerned about genetic risk for other cancer types, almost half don't have conversation with doctor about potential for future problems.

Text message reminders boost breast cancer screening attendance

A text reminder can help increase breast cancer screening attendance, study data shows.

Mobile health app use on the increase

Mobile health app use on the increase

More than one-third of doctors recommended mobile health apps to their patients in past year.

Patients expect more information regarding radiation-related tests

Patients expect more information regarding radiation-related tests

A gap exists between patient expectations and current practices for provision of information about radiation use.

African American cancer patients' depression symptoms often under-recognized

Depressed African American patients with cancer could be more accurately identified if the depression measures used are more culturally sensitive, according to a study.

Disparities in adherence to breast cancer care linked to net worth

Household net worth can be linked to adherence to hormonal therapy among breast cancer patients and partially explains racial disparities in quality of care.

Cervical cancer survivors benefit from psychosocial phone counseling

Cervical cancer survivors benefit from psychosocial phone counseling

A psychosocial telephone counseling (PTC) intervention for cervical cancer survivors can yield improvements in depression and lasting improvement in gynecologic and cancer-specific concerns.

Research examines patient perception of clinician compassion

Research examines patient perception of clinician compassion

Patients perceive higher level of compassion among physicians who provide a more optimistic message, research shows.

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