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Personalized medicine and the role of the navigator: Prostate cancer

Personalized medicine and the role of the navigator: Prostate cancer

Molecular tests are poised to become a part of the treatment guidelines for prostate cancer. These tests provide information that extends beyond just identifying the type of cancer a patient has; they can also help narrow down treatment options to those that offer the best outcomes for patients.

Innovative program helps combat catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)

Innovative program helps combat catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)

Oncology nurses at a New York cancer center successfully reduced the rate of CAUTIs at their facility to zero with a novel program that gives nurses autonomy in making care decisions for patients with urinary catheters.

Facing prostate cancer—but not alone

Facing prostate cancer—but not alone

Frank dela Rama, a new member of the Oncology Nurse Advisor editorial board, talks about helping men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer learn about and prepare to cope with their disease.

Genetics training improves care and reduces unnecessary testing

Genetics training improves care and reduces unnecessary testing

Counseling from a health care professional trained in genetics before genetic testing takes place may improve the quality of health care.

Brain mets: Time for a new approach

Brain mets: Time for a new approach

A blue-ribbon team of national experts stated that professional pessimism and out-of-date myths rather than current science may compromise the care of patients with brain cancer.

Game changer for leukemia therapy

Game changer for leukemia therapy

Cancer cells decide whether to live or die after a short period of intense exposure to targeted therapy, opposing the current requirement for continuous treatment, according to a new study.

Navigator Notes: The role of the navigator and its effect on health care reform

Navigator Notes: The role of the navigator and its effect on health care reform

Nurse navigators can offer more than just helping patients keep their appointments and maintain their lives. Navigators can help the health care system function more effectively.

E-cigarette opinions

E-cigarette opinions

The jury is still out on the dangers of e-cigarettes, whether they assist traditional smokers in quitting, and how much they should or should not be regulated by the government.

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.

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