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Standardized Assessment Tool Prevents Chemotherapy-Induced Neurotoxicity

Standardized Assessment Tool Prevents Chemotherapy-Induced Neurotoxicity

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Standardized tool improved efficiency and thoroughness of patient assessment and documentation of neurotoxicity caused by high-dose cytarabine.

CAR T Cells: Keeping Pace With Adverse Effects of an Emerging Therapy

CAR T Cells: Keeping Pace With Adverse Effects of an Emerging Therapy

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The oncology nurses' role in monitoring and early recognition of the signs and symptoms of CAR T-cell toxicities is significant considering the potential severity of these adverse effects.

Survivorship Care Plans Specific to Head and Neck Cancers Enable Transition to Posttreatment Care

Survivorship Care Plans Specific to Head and Neck Cancers Enable Transition to Posttreatment Care

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Disease-specific survivorship care plans (SCPs) for head and neck cancer support a successful transition to a healthy lifestyle after curative intent therapy of larynx and oral cavity/pharynx cancer.

Standardized Discharge Education Plan Improves Patient Outcomes, Satisfaction

Standardized Discharge Education Plan Improves Patient Outcomes, Satisfaction

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Preparing patients to manage their care at home enhances patient safety, decreases the frequency of unnecessary emergency center visits and unplanned readmissions, and improves patient satisfaction.

Education and Coaching Are Necessary to Treat Oropharyngeal Cancers After Chemoradiotherapy

Education and Coaching Are Necessary to Treat Oropharyngeal Cancers After Chemoradiotherapy

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A literature review noted improvements in quality of life after patients were coached and educated following radiotherapy for HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancers.

New Closed System Drug Transfer Device Can Reduce Nurse Exposure to Antineoplastic Hazardous Drugs

New Closed System Drug Transfer Device Can Reduce Nurse Exposure to Antineoplastic Hazardous Drugs

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A new CSTD significantly reduced surface contamination during a simulated antineoplastic hazardous drug administration when compared to baseline.

Nursing Protocol Enhances Care of the Family at End of Life in the Hospital Setting

Nursing Protocol Enhances Care of the Family at End of Life in the Hospital Setting

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A pilot project of a protocol for optimizing care of the family at end-of-life.

Standardized Process for Assessing Chemotherapy Appointments Improves Patient Wait Times

Standardized Process for Assessing Chemotherapy Appointments Improves Patient Wait Times

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Prior assessment of patients and review of infusion orders by an interprofessional ACE team can significantly reduce patient wait times, prevent same-day inefficiencies, and reduce wasted chemotherapy doses.

Improving Patient Satisfaction With Pain Management in Multidisciplinary Radiation Oncology Setting

Improving Patient Satisfaction With Pain Management in Multidisciplinary Radiation Oncology Setting

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Nurse-led project at an urban outpatient radiation oncology center not only achieved improved patient satisfaction regarding pain management.

Guideline-driven Initiative Improves Pneumococcal Vaccination Rates Among aHSCT Recipients

Guideline-driven Initiative Improves Pneumococcal Vaccination Rates Among aHSCT Recipients

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A nurse-led team developed a tracking tool that created a vaccination schedule from transplant date forward for autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients.

CTCs Promising as Biomarker to Identify Lung Cancer Recurrence

CTCs Promising as Biomarker to Identify Lung Cancer Recurrence

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Prospective pilot study demonstrates accuracy of circulating tumor cells as a biomarker indicating lung cancer recurrence.

Screening Increases Early Palliative Care, Reduces Aggressive EOL Measures

Screening Increases Early Palliative Care, Reduces Aggressive EOL Measures

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Universal screening of women with gynecologic malignancies for early palliative care decreased the use of aggressive measures at the end of life.

Endometrial Cancer Survivors in High-Poverty Areas Have Impaired Access to Self-Care Resources

Endometrial Cancer Survivors in High-Poverty Areas Have Impaired Access to Self-Care Resources

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Living in a high-poverty region is associated with lower access to obesity-related self-care resources.

Priority Symptoms Identified in Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

Priority Symptoms Identified in Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

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There are 18 core priority symptoms that should be routinely assessed in patients with recurrent ovarian cancer to provide higher quality of care.

Web-based Symptom Management Improves Symptom Controllability in Ovarian Cancer

Web-based Symptom Management Improves Symptom Controllability in Ovarian Cancer

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Nurse-guided and self-directed web-based symptom management interventions (WRITE Symptoms) improved symptom controllability among women with recurrent ovarian cancer.

Some Quality Metrics Inconsistent With Long-Term Clinical Outcomes Goals

Some Quality Metrics Inconsistent With Long-Term Clinical Outcomes Goals

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Study finds that instituting a health system-wide quality metric, such as postoperative hospital readmission rate, may be inconsistent with long-term clinical outcomes goals.

Perioperative Pain Control Reduces Need for Postoperative Narcotics After Hysterectomy for Uterine Cancer

Perioperative Pain Control Reduces Need for Postoperative Narcotics After Hysterectomy for Uterine Cancer

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Preoperative intravenous acetaminophen plus local infiltration of LB during hysterectomy and surgical staging of uterine cancer may reduce the need for postoperative narcotics.

Perioperative Celecoxib Reduces Outpatient Narcotic Use After Hysterectomy

Perioperative Celecoxib Reduces Outpatient Narcotic Use After Hysterectomy

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Perioperative celecoxib use during hysterectomy may reduce the need for oral narcotics after hospital discharge.

Chemotherapy or VBT Improve Survival in Uterine Papillary Serous Carcinoma

Chemotherapy or VBT Improve Survival in Uterine Papillary Serous Carcinoma

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Use of chemotherapy or vaginal brachytherapy (VBT) may improve survival among patients with early-stage uterine papillary serous carcinoma.

High Rates of Persistent Opioid Use 6 Months After RT for Cervical Cancer

High Rates of Persistent Opioid Use 6 Months After RT for Cervical Cancer

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Nearly 3 in 10 cervical cancer survivors were still using opioids at 6 months after completing radiotherapy.

Nonadherence to Guidelines, Low-Volume Centers Linked to Lower Cervical Cancer Survival

Nonadherence to Guidelines, Low-Volume Centers Linked to Lower Cervical Cancer Survival

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Nonadherence to NCCN guideline treatment recommendations was strongly associated with decreased survival from early-stage cervical cancer.

Ovarian Cancer: Distinct Clusters of Chemotherapy Nonresponders Identified

Ovarian Cancer: Distinct Clusters of Chemotherapy Nonresponders Identified

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A study that integrated genomic and clinical data identified 3 distinct clusters of patients with serous epithelial ovarian cancer who do not respond to chemotherapy.

Recovery Program After Laparotomy More Cost-Effective Than Usual Care

Recovery Program After Laparotomy More Cost-Effective Than Usual Care

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An enhanced recovery program is more cost-effective than usual care in patients undergoing primary cytoreductive surgery for ovarian cancer.

Rucaparib Active in Relapsed, Platinum-sensitive Ovarian Cancer

Rucaparib Active in Relapsed, Platinum-sensitive Ovarian Cancer

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Rucaparib was active with an acceptable safety profile in patients with relapsed, platinum-sensitive high-grade ovarian carcinoma with germline or somatic BRCA mutations.

Completing HPV Vaccine Doses Has No Added Protective Benefit

Completing HPV Vaccine Doses Has No Added Protective Benefit

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There was no additional protective effect with a third dose of the human papillomavirus vaccine compared with receiving only 2 doses of the vaccine.

Nurse-Calling Program Improves Retention Rates From First Treatment Visit

Nurse-Calling Program Improves Retention Rates From First Treatment Visit

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Patients who speak to an oncology nurse prior to their first appointment are significantly more likely to be retained for their treatment.

Patients Undergoing Multiple Systemic Therapies for Metastatic Prostate Cancer Expect a Cure

Patients Undergoing Multiple Systemic Therapies for Metastatic Prostate Cancer Expect a Cure

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Treatment expectations of individuals with metastatic prostate cancer and their health care providers often do not match.

Overall Health Worse in African American Men Undergoing Active Surveillance For Prostate Cancer

Overall Health Worse in African American Men Undergoing Active Surveillance For Prostate Cancer

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African American men choosing active surveillance for their low-grade prostate cancer have overall poorer health than non-African American men undergoing active surveillance.

Follow-up Rates in Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer Higher in University-Based vs Safety-Net Hospitals

Follow-up Rates in Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer Higher in University-Based vs Safety-Net Hospitals

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A significant difference exists in the failure to follow-up rates among patients undergoing active surveillance at university-based hospitals versus safety-net hospitals.

VBPWPs Can Compliment Patient Management in Clinical Trials

VBPWPs Can Compliment Patient Management in Clinical Trials

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Video Based Personal Webpages (VBPWP) Can Be Used as a Compliment to Clinical Trial Patient Management

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