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ASCO: Breathalyzer may help detect lung cancer

Researchers have developed a breathalyzer that can detect lung cancer and assess whether it is early or advanced, according to findings presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

ASCO: New treatment options available for advanced melanoma

New treatment options are available for advanced melanoma, according to three studies presented at the annual ASCO meeting.

pCR Not a surrogate for relapse-free survival in TNBC BRCA1/2 mutation carriers

In patients with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) who are BRCA1/2 mutation carriers, pathologic complete response (pCR) is not a surrogate for relapse-free survival, in contrast to those with non-BRCA mutations.

Does Early Integration of Palliative Care and Cancer Treatment Benefit Patients?

Immediately integrating cancer treatment and palliative care might improve survival at 1 year in patients with advanced cancers, suggest findings from the ENABLE III randomized controlled trial, presented at the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting.

ASCO: Ramucirumab extends survival for NSC lung cancer

For patients with non-small-cell lung cancer who have relapsed after initial treatment, the addition of the anti-angiogenesis drug ramucirumab to standard docetaxel chemotherapy extends survival.

ASCO: New drug effective for metastatic prostate cancer

Enzalutamide, an oral androgen-receptor inhibitor, is superior to placebo for the treatment of metastatic prostate cancer before chemotherapy, according a study.

ASCO: Goserelin helps preserve ovarian function in early breast cancer

For premenopausal women with hormone receptor-negative early breast cancer treated with chemotherapy, goserelin can preserve ovarian function, according to a study presented at the annual ASCO meeting.

Early palliative support for family caregivers reduces depression

Family members caring for patients with advanced cancer benefit from early initiation of phone-based training and support.

Less frequent zoledronic acid for bone metastases safe, effective

In patients with breast cancer who had previously received monthly intravenous bisphosphonate therapy for bone metastases for a year or longer, maintenance zoledronic acid administered every 12 weeks was noninferior to every 4 weeks.

Reduced-dose radiation safe for certain patients with low-risk HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer

Reduced-dose intensity-modulated radiotherapy after complete clinical responses to induction chemotherapy for operable stage III/IVA, human papillomavirus (HPV)-positive head and neck cancer appears to be safe and might improve patients' quality of life.

Same-day results increase community use of lung screening service

A new lung screening service for persons at high risk for lung cancer with incorporates a same-day visit by a nurse practitioner after the patient undergoes low-dose CT to discuss test results and recommendations.

Needs-assessment survey identifies knowledge gaps of novel therapeutics for CACS

Although nurses are familiar with palliative care guidelines related to cancer anorexia-cachexia syndrome, a needs-assessment survey revealed they are less familiar with novel therapeutic interventions in development.

Weekly classes on healthy coping techniques reduces compassion fatigue

Burnout was reduced and secondary trauma improved by a 6-week initiative to prevent compassion fatigue.

Assessment process evaluation confirms nurse comprehension and improved completion time

Pre- and postimplementation surveys are effective tools to confirm staff understanding of and adherence to a new neurologic assessment process for patients receiving high-dose cytarabine.

Acuity tool accurately assesses staffing needs at an ambulatory infusion clinic

A pilot program demonstrated that an acuity tool that accounts for more complex ambulatory infusion treatments allows nurses to increase their productivity.

Educational video reduces barriers to early detection of breast cancer

A documentary film showcasing the stories of local women who survived breast cancer may help educate African American women in breast cancer risks and early treatment.

Orientation class eases patient anxiety at first chemotherapy visit

Oncology nurses reduce a patient's anxious response to chemo visits through supportive, relationship-based education that provides an overview of chemotherapy.

Aromatherapy reduces anxiety during breast biopsy

A study evaluating the effectiveness of aromatherapy as a complementary/alternative modality for reducing anxiety in women undergoing CNB was presented at the Oncology Nursing Society 39th Annual Congress.

Workshop prepares nurses to address sexual concerns of breast cancer survivors

Sexual health workshops increased nurse knowledge and confidence, allowing nurses to address sexual concerns of breast cancer survivors.

Nurses should counsel patients on oncofertility issues

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—Cancer patients need to receive timely information and counseling regarding oncofertility issues, and oncology nurses involved in their treatment can play a major role in providing this type of care, according to research presented at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

Unique cancer mutations may be targets for effective melanoma immunotherapy

Adoptive T-cell therapy, a type of immunotherapy, appears to recognize unique cancer mutations that stimulate immune responses.

ACS Releases Long-Term Primary Care Guidelines for Prostate Cancer Survivors

The American Cancer Society released a set of guidelines addressing the long-term primary care for survivors of prostate cancer. The guidelines outline follow-up care, monitoring for recurrence, and screening for secondary primary cancers. They also reiterate the need to educate survivors about physical exercise and smoking cessation.

Identifying symptom patterns can predict variations over time in oropharyngeal and laryngeal cancers

Visual graphical analysis can help predict the way individual patients will experience side effects of treatment over time by identifying patterns.

Bedside handoffs transform nursing shift changes into relationship-based care

Patient handoffs conducted at bedside support the principles of relationship-based care and benefits both nurses and patients.

Visual graphical analysis helps track symptom clusters in lung cancer survivors

VGA can help track individual symptom patterns and improve management of symptom clusters in lung cancer patients.

An interdisciplinary collaboration updates clinical practice guidelines for mucositis

A systematic evaluation of the literature produced updated evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for preventing and treating mucositis.

In patients with an ICP/ICD, multidisciplinary approach with frequent assessments heightens safety during radiation

An approach focusing on patient education and assessments by a multidisciplinary team improved safety in patients with a pacemaker device.

Psychosocial distress screening program can improve outcomes in cancer patients

A screening program put together by a multidisciplinary team was effective at measuring and reducing distress among cancer patients.

Double lock EHR storage can effectively protect donor information

Electronic medical records that employ a "double lock" technique can help free up storage and increase nursing productivity without sacrificing privacy.

Nilotinib superior to imatinib in older patients with CML in chronic phase

Nilotinib had superior safety and efficacy over imatinib in these patients.

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