Cancer Survivorship Articles

Tattoo Transforms Mastectomy Scars Into Personal Art for Breast Cancer Survivors

Tattoo Transforms Mastectomy Scars Into Personal Art for Breast Cancer Survivors

Painter and tattoo artist David Allen has used his skills to transform breasts scarred by surgical reconstruction into works of art.

An App for Intubated Cancer Patients: Giving Voice to the Voiceless

An App for Intubated Cancer Patients: Giving Voice to the Voiceless

A nurse develops a tablet app that helps intubated patients communicate with their nurses, caregivers, and families.

Expectations of Chemotherapy Side Effects Influence Patients' Experiences During Breast Cancer Treatment

Expectations of Chemotherapy Side Effects Influence Patients' Experiences During Breast Cancer Treatment

Recent studies indicate that adverse side effects can result from factors unrelated to the pharmacologic agent, but rather from other factors.

Increasing Dietary Omega-3 Intake After Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis Improves Survival

Increasing Dietary Omega-3 Intake After Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis Improves Survival

Lifestyle and dietary measures for preventing colorectal cancer are extensively studied; however, in this study, researchers looked at a dietary measure that improved survival for patients after diagnosis.

How Can We Have a Cancer Cure Moonshot if We're Short of Fuel?

How Can We Have a Cancer Cure Moonshot if We're Short of Fuel?

Cancer research relies of patients with cancer to participate in clinical trials. However, many patients cite various fears and misconceptions — some supported by physicians - as reasons for why they decline to participate in clinical trials.

Socioeconomic Benefits of Marriage Improve Survival Among Married Patients

Socioeconomic Benefits of Marriage Improve Survival Among Married Patients

A recent study confirms the benefits of marriage on patients with cancer, including socioeconomic status, psychosocial support, and a higher regard for health-related self care.

The Relationship Between Location of Metastases and Overall Survival in Men with mCRPC

The Relationship Between Location of Metastases and Overall Survival in Men with mCRPC

Site of metastasis is key to the length of time a patient can survive metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC).

The Samfund: Helping Young Adult Patients Navigate the Financial Impact of Cancer Care

The Samfund: Helping Young Adult Patients Navigate the Financial Impact of Cancer Care

The Samfund is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to easing the lasting financial effects of cancer treatments for young adults with the disease.

ASTRO Develops a Template to Facilitate Radiotherapy-Specific Cancer Survivorship Care Plans

ASTRO Develops a Template to Facilitate Radiotherapy-Specific Cancer Survivorship Care Plans

As the American College of Surgeons' Commision on Cancer milestones approach, ASTRO publishes a template to ensure consistent, comprehensive survivorship care plans can be developed for cancer survivors whose treatment involved radiotherapy.

Hypnosedation: An Alternative Sedation Method for Glioma Resection

Hypnosedation: An Alternative Sedation Method for Glioma Resection

This technique, which does not use pharmaceutical sedatives, can ease the perioperative discomfort and anxiety experienced by some patients undergoing fully awake craniotomy to remove glioma.

Meditation Serves as a Coping Tool for Both Patients and Clinicians

Meditation Serves as a Coping Tool for Both Patients and Clinicians

After experiencing the benefits of meditation to help himself cope with the stress of caring for patients with cancer, this oncologist leads classes teaching those patients to use the tool to better cope with their disease and its effects.

Tumor Location and Duration of Therapy Influence Palliative Effects of Radiation Therapy for Painful Bone Metastases

Tumor Location and Duration of Therapy Influence Palliative Effects of Radiation Therapy for Painful Bone Metastases

In a review of the Dutch Bone Metastasis Study results, stratified for primary tumor location, palliative radiation therapy was found to reduce pain and improve quality of life for some patients.

Therapy Dogs and Children With Cancer

Therapy Dogs and Children With Cancer

Researchers hope to prove the positive effects of the use of therapy dogs in pediatric oncology.

Counseling cancer survivors on family building options

Counseling cancer survivors on family building options

A leading cancer institute developed an online course that teaches oncology nurses about cancer survivors' fertility options and prospects for adoption.

Survivors of adolescent and early adult cancers face neurocognitive, psychosocial challenges

Survivors of adolescent and early adult cancers face neurocognitive, psychosocial challenges

New study strengthens the case that some adolescents and young adults with cancer may struggle in later adulthood with brain and emotional function.

Understanding the stress of Latina cancer patients

Understanding the stress of Latina cancer patients

Cultural differences in the Latino community result in unique stressors for these patients after a cancer diagnosis. This study identified some of those stressors.

Treatment for radiation-induced xerostomia

Treatment for radiation-induced xerostomia

For patients with radiation-induced xerostomia, ALTENS may reduce symptom burden with less side effects than current standard treatment.

Cancer and intimate partner violence: Could you tell if one of your patients is a victim?

Cancer and intimate partner violence: Could you tell if one of your patients is a victim?

Oncology nurses can learn to identify cases of intimate partner violence (IPV).

Simulation tool teaches clinical breast examination

Simulation tool teaches clinical breast examination

Sensor technology is used to illustrate the amount of pressure applied in breast palpation, helping clinicians refine their clinical skills for locating a breast mass.

Vitamin D and prostate cancer: Higher intake improves active surveillance outcomes

Vitamin D and prostate cancer: Higher intake improves active surveillance outcomes

Bruce W. Hollis, PhD, discusses the findings from his study on the benefits of increasing vitamin D intake in patients with prostate cancer undergoing active surveillance.

HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer has cure potential

HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer has cure potential

A prospective study found that patients with human papillomavirus-related disease had better treatment response than HPV-negative patients.

The unmet needs of cancer survivors: Quantifying the long-term effects of cancer

The unmet needs of cancer survivors: Quantifying the long-term effects of cancer

Long-lasting effects of cancer can plague patients for years after they complete their treatments. In this study, researchers sought to measure which problems plagued patients the most and for the longest time.

Mistletoe: The holiday plant is making headlines as an alternative cancer treatment

Mistletoe: The holiday plant is making headlines as an alternative cancer treatment

Most people know of the traditional use of mistletoe to get a kiss from a loved one during the Christmas holiday. However, US oncologists are discovering a new use for the plant as a CAM treatment for cancer.

Mobile support system keeps up with a younger generation of breast cancer survivors

Mobile support system keeps up with a younger generation of breast cancer survivors

A new digital program using a Web site and social media aims to meet the unique support needs of women younger than 40 years with breast cancer.

Resection for lung cancer in the elderly: Lobectomy better than sublobar resection

Resection for lung cancer in the elderly: Lobectomy better than sublobar resection

Significant advances have been made in screening for lung cancer and in targeting those patients who will benefit most from it. This study examines the impact of screening and treatment modalities on elderly patients.

An episode of sudden-onset jaundice signaled pancreatic cancer in a healthy man

An episode of sudden-onset jaundice signaled pancreatic cancer in a healthy man

After surviving pancreatic cancer, a patient learns the disease metastasized to his liver. But this patient was not ready to give up. With the support of a liver surgeon, he underwent surgery and beat his disease.

Camp Dream Street provides a summertime staple for kids with cancer

Camp Dream Street provides a summertime staple for kids with cancer

This camp offers children, adolescents, and young adults coping with life-threatening illness a chance to enjoy a week of normal summertime activities.

Chemoprotective effects of coffee

Chemoprotective effects of coffee

Diet and nutrition are significant factors in preventing hepatic diseases progressing to hepatocellular carcinoma, and coffee is high on the list of good foods.

The best cream for coffee may be the growing evidence of its cancer-preventive properties

The best cream for coffee may be the growing evidence of its cancer-preventive properties

Can one of the most popular beverages in the world limit or even prevent the growth of certain cancers?

Specialized apps extend the reach of community

Specialized apps extend the reach of community

In Alabama, smartphone technology brings regional resources to patients with cancer; in New Jersey, it motivates adolescent survivors to exercise.

How men used humor to cope with the devastating physical consequences of penile cancer

How men used humor to cope with the devastating physical consequences of penile cancer

Despite the seriousness of cancer, patients may use humor as part of their coping armamentarium. They may also appreciate when their health care team does, too, as these researchers found.

Conflicts in spirituality: Why me versus why not me

Conflicts in spirituality: Why me versus why not me

Understanding how patients' use their spiritual beliefs can help you determine which patients may be more likely to develop depressive symptoms.

Yoga improves fatigue and reduces inflammatory markers in breast cancer survivors

Yoga improves fatigue and reduces inflammatory markers in breast cancer survivors

Improvements in fatigue, IL-6, TNF-a, and IL-1B seen in a clinical trial that measured the effects of yoga practice in women survivors of breast cancer.

Study shows pregnancy is possible for many female childhood cancer survivors

Study shows pregnancy is possible for many female childhood cancer survivors

Many women who are survivors of childhood cancer can become pregnant. This good news comes from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study, in which nearly two-thirds of the women in the survivor group, initially unsuccessful at becoming pregnant, eventually conceived.

Physical therapy and cancer: Motion and mobility before and after cancer treatment

Physical therapy and cancer: Motion and mobility before and after cancer treatment

As with any treatment regimen that results in physical impairment, patients with cancer need rehabilitation therapy to return to baseline functioning.

Tablet-based system of care aids autonomy for patients on their journey to survivorship

Tablet-based system of care aids autonomy for patients on their journey to survivorship

Novel program provides patients with a computer tablet preloaded with app and links to information, data, and providers specific to their care.

Tackling obesity: A strategy 
for reducing cancer risk 
and ­improving survivorship

Tackling obesity: A strategy 
for reducing cancer risk 
and ­improving survivorship

A trend in programs that address cancer risk, prevention, and survivorship focuses on the battle to overcome obesity.

A survivorship dilemma: The impact of cancer treatment on cardiovascular risk factors

A survivorship dilemma: The impact of cancer treatment on cardiovascular risk factors

The oncology community is well aware that cancer therapy is fraught with increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Of the almost 12 million cancer survivors in the United States, many are more likely to die of CVD...

Questions about side effects? Your patients' perhaps not so surprising source for answers

Questions about side effects? Your patients' perhaps not so surprising source for answers

Many cancer patients go to the Internet with their questions about side effect management. But the information they glean is from reliable sources—other cancer patients.

Study results support patient concerns about a controversial side effect of therapy

Study results support patient concerns about a controversial side effect of therapy

A posttreatment assessment of men who underwent treatment for prostate cancer revealed a side effect that has a significant impact on patients.

After the treatments end: Do your patients with prostate cancer know about this potential effect?

A posttreatment assessment of men who underwent treatment for prostate cancer revealed a side effect that has a significant impact on patients.

First a patient, now a patient advocate, Dave Dubin is more than a cancer survivor

First a patient, now a patient advocate, Dave Dubin is more than a cancer survivor

This third-generation cancer patient chose to fight his cancer with education and advocacy for cancer awareness.

Device comparison trial achieves 0% CR-BSI rate with neutral-pressure connector

Device comparison trial achieves 0% CR-BSI rate with neutral-pressure connector

A comprehensive cancer center conducts a device trial comparing two connectors in an effort to improve CRBSI rates at the facility.

The significance of stress: Early childhood experiences can ­influence recurrence of BCC

The significance of stress: Early childhood experiences can ­influence recurrence of BCC

New research shows that poor parental relationships can have a lasting impact on cancer risk.

A novel approach to cancer research treats lymphoma in dogs and humans

A novel approach to cancer research treats lymphoma in dogs and humans

Laurence Cooper, MD, PhD, of the Children's Cancer Hospital, talks about his research partnership with veterinary oncologists.

Beads of Courage: A linear story of a child's bravery on the journey to recovery

Beads of Courage: A linear story of a child's bravery on the journey to recovery

Tiny works of art are stringed together to tell a child's story of courage during the course of treatment for cancer or another serious illness.

Incentive spirometer inspires a video game that encourages recovery in pediatric patients

Incentive spirometer inspires a video game that encourages recovery in pediatric patients

An incentive spirometer was the inspiration for a video game to help young cancer patients rebuild lung function.

Vitamin D regimen is effective in resolving bone pain related to aromatase-inhibitor therapy

Vitamin D regimen is effective in resolving bone pain related to aromatase-inhibitor therapy

High-dose vitamin D may relieve, even resolve, severe pain in patients on aromatase inhibitor therapy for breast cancer.

New monoclonal antibody is a "source of hope" for patients with metastatic melanoma

New monoclonal antibody is a "source of hope" for patients with metastatic melanoma

A recently FDA-approved treatment and an experimental BRAF inhibitor offer hope to patients with metastatic melanoma.

The pain of surviving cancer: Coping with the lasting effects of chemotherapy treatment

The pain of surviving cancer: Coping with the lasting effects of chemotherapy treatment

Treatment-related pain is debilitating for patients. Many medications are not effective, but some techniques can alleviate patients' discomfort.

Weight lifting emerges as an effective weapon to reduce the risk of lymphedema

Weight lifting emerges as an effective weapon to reduce the risk of lymphedema

A new study reveals that weight lifting, once banned after lymph node removal, can prevent lymphedema or lessen its symptoms.

How cancer and its treatments can change and challenge patients' intimate relationships

How cancer and its treatments can change and challenge patients' intimate relationships

A good sex life with a loving partner offers comfort, reassurance, intimacy, and caring—but it isn't always so easy for someone during or after cancer treatment.

Accessing information, staying in touch, finding helpful resources: Social media for cancer survivors

Accessing information, staying in touch, finding helpful resources: Social media for cancer survivors

Social media is not just about Facebook anymore. Now, it's also about surviving cancer.

Mind over body: The effects of depression on physical disease and how it can predict outcome

Mind over body: The effects of depression on physical disease and how it can predict outcome

Depression accompanies the disease in some people with cancer; in some depression may even predict outcome.

Men with breast cancer: The experiences and challenges of living in a pink ribbon world

Men with breast cancer: The experiences and challenges of living in a pink ribbon world

Breast cancer affects men as well as women, and the men who live with and survive breast cancer have a number of gender-specific adjustments to make.

Cancer-related fatigue: Defining the scope of the problem

Cancer-related fatigue: Defining the scope of the problem

Cancer-related fatigue can continue to be a significant problem for patients, even long after they have completed treatment.

Preventing an H1N1 influenza outbreak among cancer patients: One center's success

Preventing an H1N1 influenza outbreak among cancer patients: One center's success

The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance proved that aggressive infection control procedures can minimize flu cases in a patient population.

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