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Navigator Notes: Distress screening and support

Navigator Notes: Distress screening and support

As patients and oncology care teams strive to keep up with complex treatment plans, symptoms of distress in the patient may be missed. Distress screening tools can help nurse navigators identify which patients may need a referral for psychosocial support.

Out-of-pocket costs influence adherence to treatment

Out-of-pocket costs influence adherence to treatment

Many patients skip doses or stop taking medication entirely when their share of the costs becomes too high.

Cancer deaths continue to decline

Cancer deaths continue to decline

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has published its latest annual report on cancer incidence and mortality, and the news is good.

Navigator Notes: Cancer survivorship and health promotion

A new challenge for health care providers is emerging from the improved prognosis for patients with cancer: the need to include this growing group of patients in health promotion campaigns.

Breast cancer survivors troubled most by postmastectomy pain

Women with breast cancer who undergo surgery rate persistent postmastectomy pain as the most troubling symptom.

BMN 673 promising in BRCA cancers

BMN 673 promising in BRCA cancers

An investigational new PARP inhibitor, BMN 673, is showing early responses in patients with advanced, BRCA-related breast and ovarian cancers.

LLLT improves common HNSCC side effect

A definitive trial has indicated that low-level laser therapy (LLLT) reduces the occurrence of canker sores and improves quality of life in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.

Navigator Notes

Oncology nurse navigators (ONNs) are clinical professionals acting as a map or compass through the confusing process of diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.

Early mammography supported

Early mammography supported

New findings that run counter to federal recommendations indicate that women should be encouraged to initiate regular mammographic screening before age 50 years.

Swallowing exercises help keep throat open during head-and-neck radiation

Swallowing exercises help keep throat open during head-and-neck radiation

Persons with head and neck cancer who are undergoing radiation or chemoradiation can preserve swallow function by exercising involved muscles before, during, and after treatment.

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