Communication

Communication Challenges The nurse-patient relationship: When it's time to be brave enough to let go

The nurse-patient relationship: When it's time to be brave enough to let go

Patients at a crossroads in their care may struggle with the decision to change the course of their care. Nurses need to find the balance between offering support and letting the patient go forward.

From CancerCare Coping with the loss of fertility after cancer

Coping with the loss of fertility after cancer

The inability to have children as a result of cancer treatment can be a significant loss for patients and their caregivers. These tips can help nurses guide patients as they learn to cope.

Communication Challenges Confirmation bias: Managing patient denial and disbelief

Confirmation bias: Managing patient denial and disbelief

If it sounds like denial, it is denial. Right? This patient's preconceived notion of what lung cancer should be appeared to hinder her accepting her diagnosis. But she agreed to treatment, so is it still denial?

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?

Unique goals for research and treatment of breast cancer in younger women are needed

Breast cancer that occurs in younger women is likely to be more aggressive and to require more intensive therapies, with increased risk of long-term side effects.

Previvorship: Managing Cancer Risk Decisions in Unaffected BRCA-positive Women

Previvorship: Managing Cancer Risk Decisions in Unaffected BRCA-positive Women

Four major themes characterize the experience of cancer risk management for women who are positive for BRCA genetic mutations.

New Instrument Assesses Caregiver Knowledge of Cancer Treatment Symptoms

New Instrument Assesses Caregiver Knowledge of Cancer Treatment Symptoms

Nursing Assessment of Family Caregiver Knowledge and Action Tool (NAFCKAT) may aid caregivers who need additional support.

Comprehensive Preservation Program Maximizes Fertility Opportunities in Cancer Patients

Comprehensive Preservation Program Maximizes Fertility Opportunities in Cancer Patients

Comprehensive program is addressing the nationally identified lack of discussion about the infertility risks of chemotherapy.

Apple HealthKit app aids patient-clinician dialog

Apple HealthKit app aids patient-clinician dialog

Available mobile apps allow doctors to use HealthKit data and keep patient records up to date.

Implementing decision aids affects care decisions in urology

Implementation of video-based decision aids for men lowered rates of elective surgery for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and decreased rates of active treatment for localized prostate cancer.

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.

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