April 2012 Issue of ONA

April 2012 Issue of ONA

April 2012

In the News

FDA acts on cancer drug shortages

In response to critical shortages, the FDA has issued draft guidance on mandatory and voluntary notifications to the agency.

ACP issues new colorectal screening guidance

New guidelines call for screening at age 50 years in average-risk adults and age 40 years or 10 years younger than age of diagnosis in ...

Virtual colonoscopy is an accurate screen in seniors

CT colonography accurately detects cancer and precancerous polyps in persons aged 65 years and older.

Cancer hospitalizations rated

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released Statistical Brief #125 Cancer Hospitalizations for Adults, 2009.

On-site lab reduces repeat surgeries

A new service has helped reduce the number of women who need additional surgery after an initial resection for breast cancer.

A second gene may predispose women to breast cancer

Scientists have discovered that the Abraxas gene may advance the mission of BRCA1 and may even act on its own to help breast cancer develop.

Diagnosis delayed for certain cancers and certain patients

A large UK study found a wide variation between cancer types in patients who had visited their general practitioner 3 or more times before cancer ...

PET/CT changes brain tumor treatment plans

Physicians have changed management recommendations for almost half of patients with known or suspected brain tumors after PET/CT findings.

For Your Patient

Meditation techniques 
and clinical trials for patients

Meditation can help relieve stress in cancer patients. The following article details several types of meditation and includes related clinical trials.

Integrative care options and resources

Cancer patients may wish to explore acupuncture or other integrative care options. The following article details several options and provides related resources.

Continuing Education

Leukemia: Understanding its types and treatments

This review describes the four major groups of leukemia, plus diagnostic tests and treatment regimens for each group.

The Total Nurse

An act of balance: Caregiving tips for the Sandwich Generation

These tips and resources can help oncology nurses and other clinicians ease the burden of caring for both parents and children.


VEGF blockade: Optimizing chemotherapy drug uptake

New research is showing that sequence and timing have significant impact on the efficacy of therapeutic regimens that include bevacizumab.

Issues in Cancer Survivorship

Social media and survivorship: 21st century support

A group at the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, uses modern technology to provide survivorship care and counseling to patients.

Radiation and Your Patient

Bringing radiotherapy into the personalized medicine revolution

Researchers are investigating the use of genomics to achieve better cure rates with less morbidity in patients undergoing radiation treatment.

Communication Challenges

Knowing versus understanding

Nurses anticipate a patient's need for pain meds. But understanding why a patient has no need for them may be difficult.

From Cancer Care

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.

Ask a Pharmacist

Managing side effects of tamoxifen

What is the risk for endometrial cancer in a patient taking tamoxifen to reduce recurrence of ER/PR positive breast cancer after treatment?

Managing side effects of crizotinib

What specific visual changes are associated with the new drug crizotinib and what causes them?

The Total Patient

Using a palliative approach to maintain nutrition and reduce discomfort in patients with EC

Prognosis for patients with esophageal cancer is poor. Care options focus on minimizing discomfort and maintaining nutritional status.

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