Tips for Culturally Sensitive Communications With Hispanic Patients and Caregivers

Tips for Culturally Sensitive Communications With Hispanic Patients and Caregivers

Culturally sensitive communications with Hispanic patients can help them understand their cancer diagnosis and treatment options.

How Physical Changes From Breast Cancer Affect Self-Image: Considerations for Clinicians

How Physical Changes From Breast Cancer Affect Self-Image: Considerations for Clinicians

Cancers that cause more readily noticeable physical changes can produce self-image challenges for patients. This discussion reviews what interventions can help validate patients' self-image concerns.

Dating Challenges Throughout the Cancer Journey

Dating Challenges Throughout the Cancer Journey

The decision to resume or begin dating after a cancer diagnosis can be particularly stressful.

Using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Principles in Daily Patient Interactions

Using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Principles in Daily Patient Interactions

Cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques can help patients with cancer turn their negative thoughts into positive attitudes, as well as find meaning and purpose to their life.

Treating Patients With Cancer and Mental Health Disorders

Treating Patients With Cancer and Mental Health Disorders

Serious mental illness can both challenge and compromise cancer care. To ensure these patients receive optimal cancer care, the oncology team should include the patient's mental health care team.

The First Call: The Importance of an Initial Assessment

The First Call: The Importance of an Initial Assessment

Accepting the need for counseling or support services may be difficult for many patients. Clinicians need to be attuned to specific clues during a first contact to make an accurate initial assessment.

Coloring as a Relaxation Tool

Coloring as a Relaxation Tool

The simple childhood pleasure of a coloring book and crayons—or colored pencils, as in this case—provide the foundation of a unique support group for patients with cancer and their families.

HIV and Cancer: Dual Diagnosis Compounds Challenges in Coping

HIV and Cancer: Dual Diagnosis Compounds Challenges in Coping

Each of these diagnoses has many implications for both nurses and patients. When combined, nurses need to anticipate that these patients may have greater psychosocial challenges.

Connecting With One's Spiritual Identity in the Face of a Cancer Diagnosis

Connecting With One's Spiritual Identity in the Face of a Cancer Diagnosis

Attending to a patient's spiritual needs is an important aspect of oncology care, but this can also be a challenging topic to broach. This guide helps nurses chart a course for this essential conversation.

Yoga Provides Mental, Emotional, and Physical Benefits for Patients With Cancer

Yoga Provides Mental, Emotional, and Physical Benefits for Patients With Cancer

Yoga is becoming an increasingly popular practice among patients with cancer, and for good reason. The practice helps patients cope with their disease and its treatment on many levels.

Understanding the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Patient: Tips and Tools for Health Care Professionals

Understanding the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Patient: Tips and Tools for Health Care Professionals

Although treatment options are different and recurrence rates higher for triple negative breast cancer, patients with this subtype of the disease can be hopeful for good treatment outcomes.

Health literacy and older adults: Strategies for integration

Health literacy and older adults: Strategies for integration

Age-related decline in older patients further complicates their ability to maintain an adequate health literacy level. This discussion presents key points to help nurses improve the health literacy of their older patients.

Supporting the cancer patient's long-distance caregiver

Supporting the cancer patient's long-distance caregiver

Providing care for a loved one with cancer is even more difficult for long-distance caregivers. In this column, an oncology social worker offers tips on helping caregivers overcome these challenges.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Psychosocial challenges of pregnancy-associated breast cancer (PABC)

Psychosocial challenges of pregnancy-associated breast cancer (PABC)

Breast cancer during pregnancy presents additional psychosocial challenges as patients cope with a devastating diagnosis during a time of hope and promise for the future.

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.

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.

Animal assisted therapy enhances cancer care

Animal assisted therapy enhances cancer care

Animal assisted interventions such as visits from therapy dogs and patients' pets are proven to improve patient outcomes.

Bridging cancer care for the older adult patient

Bridging cancer care for the older adult patient

The special needs of older adult patients and caregivers, who are usually also older persons, can be a nursing challenge. These tips will ensure you are communicating effectively with this patient population.

How to manage cancer and the workplace

How to manage cancer and the workplace

The ability to work through cancer treatment or after treatment ends is a concern of many patients. They need to be reassured that resources and support are available for them and their caregivers.

Disclosing a diagnosis to children: Tell or not tell?

Disclosing a diagnosis to children: Tell or not tell?

A significant part of counseling patients with cancer is offering guidance on when and how to tell their children about their diagnosis.

Online support groups: A psychosocial network

Online support groups: A psychosocial network

Online cancer support groups and programs offer patients a chance to connect with people who understand their journey.

Easing patients' transition to survivorship

Easing patients' transition to survivorship

Survivorship plans should be based on patients' answers to these basic questions about their goals and wishes after treatment ends.

Helping patients cope with hair loss

Helping patients cope with hair loss

A patient's self image can reduce his or her coping abilities and can be significantly impacted by this distressing side effect.

Psychosocial support: Meeting the standard for quality patient care

Psychosocial support: Meeting the standard for quality patient care

Clinicians and even patients themselves tend to undervalue the need for help with nonclinical concerns.

Financial support and 
resources are essential
 to cancer care

Financial support and 
resources are essential
 to cancer care

The financial burden of a cancer diagnosis can be significant. Oncology nurses should familiarize themselves with the organizations that can help patients.

Caring for the caregiver during special occasions and holidays

Caring for the caregiver during special occasions and holidays

Family events and celebrations can create additional stressors for caregivers. Nurses should take time to remind caregivers about their own needs.

Helping the siblings of a child with cancer

Helping the siblings of a child with cancer

Sibling relationships are important to children with cancer. Special efforts should be taken to maintain sibling involvement in the child's life.

Delivering quality health care to LGBT communities

Delivering quality health care to LGBT communities

CancerCare, a leading provider of assistance for patients, discusses resources to help oncology nurses provide culturally competent care to patients in the LGBT community.

Helping children understand cancer

Helping children understand cancer

Patients with cancer may seek guidance on how and how much to tell their children about their diagnosis and treatment.

Integrative care options help pain management

Integrative care options help pain management

The variety of options available to help patients manage their pain can improve quality of life during and after cancer treatment.

Caring for the caregiver

Caring for the caregiver

The person who provides care and support at home is an integral part of a patient's care. Nurses need to check on them, too.

The importance of cultural competence

The importance of cultural competence

A bevy of tools are available to help oncology nurses improve their understanding of patients' cultures.

Cancer and the workplace

Many cancer patients continue to work during treatment. Available resources range from advice on talking with their supervisors to federal laws that protect their rights.

Facing the challenges of cancer treatment as a young adult

Facing the challenges of cancer treatment as a young adult

Young adults often have to manage their cancer care on their own. They need helpful resources that address their particular issues.

The financial burden of cancer care

The financial burden of cancer care

Cancer treatment incurs more than direct health care costs. These organizations can help your patients with the extra expenses of cancer treatment.

Caregivers: A critical link in successful care management

Caregivers: A critical link in successful care management

Caregivers are an essential part of patient care. Attentiveness to their concerns is an important part of caring for the patient with cancer.

Collaborative care plans for posttreatment cancer survivors

Collaborative care plans for posttreatment cancer survivors

Collaboration between the patient and health care provider about a posttreatment care plan can improve the patient's quality of life.

Lightening the burden of costly co-payments for cancer treatment

Lightening the burden of costly co-payments for cancer treatment

When making the copayments on expensive cancer therapies becomes a struggle for patients, a referral to CancerCare can help to alleviate the burden.

Support is just a telephone call away

Support is just a telephone call away

When cancer patients need care and information that their primary health care team cannot provide, individualized counseling and support can often make all the difference.

Talking to your patients about melanoma screening, prevention, and support

CancerCare has partnered with the Melanoma Research Foundation to launch The Melanoma Helpline, which helps people diagnosed with melanoma to access resources and support.

How to evaluate online resources and support for people affected by cancer

How to evaluate online resources and support for people affected by cancer

CancerCare, along with other organizations, offers online information and support for patients with cancer, in addition to their traditional financial support programs.

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