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Navigator Notes From Disparities to Disclosure: A Discussion on Lesbians and Breast Cancer

From Disparities to Disclosure: A Discussion on Lesbians and Breast Cancer

Marissa Fors, director of CancerCare's Susan G. Komen® Breast Care Helpline, talked with Dr Penelope Damaskos, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, about breast cancer risk and related challenges for women who identify as lesbian and their healthcare providers.

Side-Effect Management Radiation-Induced Esophagitis: A Common, Debilitating Clinical Challenge in Thoracic Radiotherapy

Radiation-Induced Esophagitis: A Common, Debilitating Clinical Challenge in Thoracic Radiotherapy

A review of current options and ongoing trials for managing ARIE, a common esophageal adverse effect caused by radiotherapy to the thoracic region for lung, breast, or head and neck cancers, or lymphoma.

General Oncology Art as Palliative Care: Bedside Intervention Improves Pain, Anxiety, Mood in Hospitalized Cancer Patients

Art as Palliative Care: Bedside Intervention Improves Pain, Anxiety, Mood in Hospitalized Cancer Patients

Results from a study on an innovative program from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, demonstrates the potential positive effects of providing hospitalized patients with brief one-on-one art lessons.

General Oncology Avoiding the ED: Planned Strategies for Unplanned Urgent Cancer Care

Avoiding the ED: Planned Strategies for Unplanned Urgent Cancer Care

Results of a literature review highlighted 5 strategies for improving the management of urgent care situations in patients with cancer.

Skin Cancer New Recommendations Target Promoting Better Sun Protection Habits for All Patients

New Recommendations Target Promoting Better Sun Protection Habits for All Patients

A new US Preventive Services Task Force Evidence Report is suggesting that greater efforts are needed to educate children and young adults with fair skin about risks of sun exposure. Although the Task Force recommendations are directed at primary care, its members are encouraging oncology nurses to take note of these new findings.

Navigator Notes Coordinating Roles of ONNs, OSWs on Multidisciplinary Cancer Care Team

Coordinating Roles of ONNs, OSWs on Multidisciplinary Cancer Care Team

Please clarify the role and responsibilities of oncology nurse navigators (ONNs) vs those of the oncology social workers (OSWs).

Breast Cancer Evolution of HER2-Positive Breast Cancer: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Evolution of HER2-Positive Breast Cancer: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

A review of HER2-positive breast cancer, including etiology, diagnosis, and treatments.

Prostate Cancer Challenges of Shared Decision Making in Prostate Cancer Screening

Challenges of Shared Decision Making in Prostate Cancer Screening

A review of shared decision making with men about undergoing PSA testing revealed that although full SDM discussions are increasing, variations in whether these discussions occur and how much information is shared still exist.

Leukemia Venetoclax Found Effective in Relapsed/Refractory Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Venetoclax Found Effective in Relapsed/Refractory Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

A group of Australian researchers report study findings that demonstrate a significant improvement in PFS in patients with relapsed/refractory CLL treated with venetoclax plus rituximab compared with the standard care.

Side-Effect Management Evidence-Based Practices, No CLABSIs Achieved Through Quality Improvement

Evidence-Based Practices, No CLABSIs Achieved Through Quality Improvement

Faced with an increasing CLABSI rate on their oncology unit, nurse leaders at this rural Northwest hospital surveyed their staff to identify the changes they needed to make. Implementing those changes resulted in a dramatic improvement in patient care outcomes.

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