Communication

From CancerCare Cancer changed my body: Talking about body image with teens

Cancer changed my body: Talking about body image with teens

Communication and honesty are key when discussing cancer and treatment options with adolescents with cancer.

Navigator Notes Developing as a navigator: From novice to expert

Developing as a navigator: From novice to expert

Navigation, much like a nurse's career, evolves from a novice role that follows a set guideline for tasks to an integral part of the continuum of cancer care.

The Total Patient Pilot program coordinates palliative care and support for rural communities

Pilot program coordinates palliative care and support for rural communities

Effective patient-centered palliative care is contingent on access to supportive care, which may be lacking in rural areas. In this pilot program, researchers demonstrated a model that bridges that gap.

Issues in Cancer Survivorship Cancer and intimate partner violence: Could you tell if one of your patients is a victim?

Cancer and intimate partner violence: Could you tell if one of your patients is a victim?

Oncology nurses can learn to identify cases of intimate partner violence (IPV).

From CancerCare Providing psychosocial care when the patient is a child

Providing psychosocial care when the patient is a child

Use of straightforward, age-appropriate language is essential to communicating with pediatric oncology patients about their cancer and treatments, and gaining their trust in the medical team.

ASCO 2015 Annual Meeting Removing the Obstacles Associated With Survivorship Care

Removing the Obstacles Associated With Survivorship Care

As of 2012 in the U.S. there were 14 million cancer survivors, a number that is expected to grow to 18 million by 2022.

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.

Universal health literacy precautions recommended to assist patient understanding

Universal health literacy precautions recommended to assist patient understanding

Issued precautions include avoiding medical jargon and breaking down information into small steps, to increase proper reception of patient information.

Growing up with cancer: Understanding the challenges to adolescents and young adults (AYAs) coping with cancer

Growing up with cancer: Understanding the challenges to adolescents and young adults (AYAs) coping with cancer

DENVER, CO—The emotional trajectory of the cancer experience compounds the emotional pendulum adolescents and young adults (AYAs) are already experiencing as their cognition, hormones, and emotions mature. Delivery of high-quality cancer care for these patients requires understanding the behavior, social, and environmental context of their lives, according to a presentation at the 2015 Oncology Nurse Advisor Navigation Summit.

Navigators have a key role in using genetics and genomics for cancer risk identification

Navigators have a key role in using genetics and genomics for cancer risk identification

DENVER, CO—The nurse navigator's role in cancer risk identification is three-fold. Despite the changes brought on by genetic/genomics, aspects of the nursing role are consistent with the essential competencies required of all professional nurses, according to a presentation at the 2015 Oncology Nurse Advisor Navigation Summit.

Lifestyle intervention trial produces posttreatment weight loss in patients with breast cancer

The presence of extra body fat causes increased risk of diabetes and heart disease, and also increases the chances for breast cancer recurrence.

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

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

Attending breast cancer screening reduces risk of death from breast cancer by 40%

Attending breast cancer screening reduces risk of death from breast cancer by 40%

Women ages 50 to 69 years who attend mammography screening reduce their risk of dying from breast cancer by 40% compared with women who are not screened, according to the latest evidence.

Cancer survivors have evolving information needs

Depending on the type of cancer faced, the needs of survivors can vary.

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.

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