Communication

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.

Oncology Nursing Quantifying mental disorders in patients with cancer

Quantifying mental disorders in patients with cancer

Researchers in Germany interviewed more than 2,000 patients with cancer to gather epidemiologic data on mental health of patients with cancer.

Issues in Cancer Survivorship Mobile support system keeps up with a younger generation of breast cancer survivors

Mobile support system keeps up with a younger generation of breast cancer survivors

A new digital program using a Web site and social media aims to meet the unique support needs of women younger than 40 years with breast cancer.

Advisor Forum Reducing side effects of everolimus administration

Reducing side effects of everolimus administration

Are there tips nurses can share with patients on avoiding oral therapy-related side effects associated with drugs such as everolimus?

Reflections Managing obesity should be part of cancer care

Managing obesity should be part of cancer care

Effective weight management can enhance cancer treatment, improve patient outcomes, and reduce incidence of recurrence and mortality. As with encouraging smoking cessation, oncologists should talk to patients about achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

From CancerCare Conversations about cancer: A tool to help families communicate

Conversations about cancer: A tool to help families communicate

Patients may need help talking about their cancer diagnosis with their families, especially their children. The Pillow Talk Care package is an at-home activity kit that helps facilitate this difficult discussion.

Radiation and Your Patient Monitoring psychosocial function in radiotherapy

Monitoring psychosocial function in radiotherapy

Psychosocial decline occurs in an estimated one-third of patients undergoing radiotherapy for cancer. These declines may sometimes be ameliorated by vigilant recognition of the need to refer patients for psychosocial support interventions.

Advisor Forum Polyphenols in green tea may interfere with this cancer therapy

Polyphenols in green tea may interfere with this cancer therapy

What is the rationale for why a patient on bortezomib (Velcade) therapy should avoid green tea?

Communication Challenges Closing the empathy gap in your nursing practice

Closing the empathy gap in your nursing practice

A question posed at a recent conference prompts a self-examination of how unintentionally—and easily—bias can impact the care nurses provide.

Therapy dogs may encourage cancer patient to persevere with treatment

Therapy dogs may encourage cancer patient to persevere with treatment

Use of therapy dogs could help encourage cancer patients to continue treatment and provide emotional comfort.

Animal-assisted therapy benefits adult cancer patients

The first clinical study documenting the benefits of animal-assisted therapy in adult cancer patients has yielded evidence that therapy dogs are indeed beneficial for some cancer patients.

Providers urged to address post-cancer concerns

Providers urged to address post-cancer concerns

Many U.S. survivors have unresolved physical, mental health issues long after cancer treatment ends.

War metaphors for cancer hurt certain prevention behaviors

Using war metaphors when speaking with cancer patients about their health struggles or motivation may not be the best approach, research suggests.

Few oncologists discuss supplement use with patients

Few oncologists discuss supplement use with patients

Many physicians cite a lack of knowledge as a primary reason for not discussing supplements, survey finds.

New approach helps women talk to their families about cancer risk

A short skills-based intervention designed to help women better communicate with relatives and gather and share information about family cancer history has been evaluated.

High value intervention for communicating about end-of-life goals is released

Physician-patient communication about goals of care is a low risk, high value intervention for patients with a life threatening illness, advised the American College of Physicians (ACP).

Counseling over the phone provides access to genetic testing for women in rural areas

Telephone counseling after genetic testing was found just as effective as in-person counseling in many respects, according to new study.

Ways to maintain good morale in medical practice explored

Ways to maintain good morale in medical practice explored

Tips to improve morale include relationship building with patients, being in a learning environment, and giving back to the community.

Prosocial Internet support group not proving beneficial for breast cancer survivors

Prosocial Internet support group not proving beneficial for breast cancer survivors

Participants in prosocial versus standard group have higher level of depression, anxiety after intervention.

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