Communication

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.

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.

Certain factors influence whether cancer patients involve family members in treatment decisions

A new study may shed some light into why, or why not, patients involve family members in their medical decisions.

Physician-controlled decisions in cancer care linked to lower quality rating

Patients who reported physician-controlled decisions about their cancer care, versus shared decision-making, were less likely to report receiving excellent quality of care, according to study results.

Clinically inappropriate patient demands of oncologists happen infrequently

The actual number of unnecessary medical tests or treatments seems to be lower than that reported by physicians, according to a recent study.

California breast density law slow to have an impact

Half of primary care physicians are still unfamiliar with the California law mandating that clinicians notify women with dense breast tissue, and many do not feel comfortable answering breast density-related questions.

Study identifies signs suggesting impending death in patients with advanced cancer

A new study has uncovered a number of specific physical signs that signal an impending death from cancer.

Patient engagement initiatives can benefit outcomes and lower costs

Patient engagement initiatives can benefit outcomes and lower costs

Initiatives can decrease hospital visits, cut morbidity and mortality, and up treatment adherence.

Cancer diagnosis impacts patient adherence to diabetes meds

Cancer diagnosis impacts patient adherence to diabetes meds

When diagnosed with cancer, individuals with diabetes are less likely to take their diabetes medication, especially in cases of a poor cancer prognosis.

Many breast cancer patients lack basic knowledge about their disease

Many breast cancer patients lack basic knowledge about their disease

Many women with breast cancer lack basic knowledge about their disease, and the problem is more pronounced among minority women.

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.

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