A diagnosis of a rare cancer is compounded by a greater sense of isolation because patients often struggle to find "someone like me." Support measures need to provide a sense of inclusion as well as meet unique needs.
Physical activity is proven to improve both physical and mental effects of cancer diagnosis and treatment, even if the activity needs to be modified to fit the patient's current abilities.
Despite recent new legislation, medical marijuana as an adjunct to palliative and end-of-life care remains controversial. But a greater acceptance within both the medical community and the lay public is prompting research on how it can be integrated into standard care.
Journaling can offer patients with cancer a safe space to express and process emotions without fear of judgment or risk of burdening loved ones.
A cursory look at hypnosis and where it may be used to offer an alternative and side-effect-free management of several aspects of care that can be beneficial to patients with cancer.
Culturally sensitive communications with Hispanic patients can help them understand their cancer diagnosis and treatment options.
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.
The decision to resume or begin dating after a cancer diagnosis can be particularly stressful.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
Communication and honesty are key when discussing cancer and treatment options with adolescents with cancer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 interventions such as visits from therapy dogs and patients' pets are proven to improve patient outcomes.
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.
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.
A significant part of counseling patients with cancer is offering guidance on when and how to tell their children about their diagnosis.
Online cancer support groups and programs offer patients a chance to connect with people who understand their journey.
Survivorship plans should be based on patients' answers to these basic questions about their goals and wishes after treatment ends.
A patient's self image can reduce his or her coping abilities and can be significantly impacted by this distressing side effect.
Clinicians and even patients themselves tend to undervalue the need for help with nonclinical concerns.
The financial burden of a cancer diagnosis can be significant. Oncology nurses should familiarize themselves with the organizations that can help patients.
Family events and celebrations can create additional stressors for caregivers. Nurses should take time to remind caregivers about their own needs.
Sibling relationships are important to children with cancer. Special efforts should be taken to maintain sibling involvement in the child's life.
CancerCare, a leading provider of assistance for patients, discusses resources to help oncology nurses provide culturally competent care to patients in the LGBT community.
Patients with cancer may seek guidance on how and how much to tell their children about their diagnosis and treatment.
The variety of options available to help patients manage their pain can improve quality of life during and after cancer treatment.
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.
A bevy of tools are available to help oncology nurses improve their understanding of patients' cultures.
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.
Young adults often have to manage their cancer care on their own. They need helpful resources that address their particular issues.
Cancer treatment incurs more than direct health care costs. These organizations can help your patients with the extra expenses of cancer treatment.
Caregivers are an essential part of patient care. Attentiveness to their concerns is an important part of caring for the patient with cancer.
Collaboration between the patient and health care provider about a posttreatment care plan can improve the patient's quality of life.
When making the copayments on expensive cancer therapies becomes a struggle for patients, a referral to CancerCare can help to alleviate the burden.
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.
CancerCare has partnered with the Melanoma Research Foundation to launch The Melanoma Helpline, which helps people diagnosed with melanoma to access resources and support.
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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