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Nursing Evaluation, Management of Nab-Paclitaxel-Associated Peripheral Neuropathy

ORLANDO, FL—Peripheral neuropathy associated with the use of nab-paclitaxel among chemotherapy-naïve patients with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the pancreas can be managed by dose interruptions and modifications, according to a study presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

Music, Nature Sounds May Improve Pain, Anxiety in Hospice Cancer Patients

ORLANDO, FL—Music, nature sounds, and the combination of both were effective in decreasing pain and anxiety in patients with cancer on hospice, a study presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress has shown.

Multidisciplinary Bone Marrow Program Prepares RNs to Perform Aspirations, Biopsies

ORLANDO, FL—Registered nurses who participated in a bone marrow program maintained a 98% score when rated by pathologists for the quality of the bone marrow aspiration and biopsy samples they collected, with no reported incidences of postprocedure complications, according to a presentation at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

Model Details Challenges of Educating Staff to Care for Both Pediatric and Adult Oncology Patients

ORLANDO, FL—When nurses verbalized a lack of comfort level in caring for pediatric patients, a model was created to address the challenges of educating staff that care for both adult and pediatric patients, a study reported at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

Oncology-Specific, One-Day Orientation Program Encourages Multidisciplinary Collaboration

ORLANDO, FL—An oncology-specific, one-day orientation program has the potential to affect current practice positively by increasing staff knowledge of clinical resources and patient care services available to oncology patients, a report at the ONS 40th Annual Congress has found.

Educational Walk Through A Colon Promotes Colorectal Cancer Screening

ORLANDO, FL—A walk-through colon is creating the buzz needed to help a hospital in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, achieve its goal of having 80% of the population screened for colon cancer by 2018, according to a presentation at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

Gastrointestinal Oncology Nurse Navigation Improves Patient Outcomes

ORLANDO, FL—Gastrointestinal oncology nurse navigation improved the timeliness and quality of care for patients with GI malignancies, according to research presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

Proactive Telephone Support Reduces Unplanned Hospitalizations Among Patients with Blood Cancers

ORLANDO, FL—Implementing proactive telephone support reduced unplanned hospitalizations among patients with blood cancers by 70%, saving an estimated $495,000 per year in health care costs, according to study results presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress has found.

Forum Facilitates Professional Caregiver Discussion of Emotional Issues in Caring for Cancer Patients

ORLANDO, FL—Schwartz Center Rounds, a forum where health care professionals can discuss social and emotional issues that arise when caring for patients with cancer and their families, have had strong turnouts and garnered positive evaluations from participants, according to a presentation at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

Kaizen Huddle Board Use Enhances Patient Care, Reduces Process Waste in Ambulatory Cancer Center

ORLANDO, FL—Employing the kaizen lean methodology of daily huddles and huddle boards in ambulatory oncology over 10 months has led to improved patient care, a study presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress concluded.

Disparities persist in early stage breast cancer treatment

Despite its acceptance as standard of care neary 25 years ago, barriers still exist that preclude patients from receiving breast conserving therapy (BCT), according to research presented at the ASCO 2014 Breast Cancer Symposium.

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.

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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