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No Intervention for Small Thyroid Cancers May Cause Anxiety

No Intervention for Small Thyroid Cancers May Cause Anxiety

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Deciding not to intervene for small, incidentally identified thyroid cancer may cause patients to experience anxiety and feelings of isolation.

Dance/Movement Therapy: A Unique and Enjoyable Approach to Support Children with Cancer

Dance/Movement Therapy: A Unique and Enjoyable Approach to Support Children with Cancer

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Dr Lori Baudino, a clinical psychologist and dance/movement therapist, discusses a program that helps children with cancer cope with their disease and treatment, and learn to be children again.

Multidisciplinary Team Approach Reduces Cervical Cancer Treatment Delays in Low-Resource Areas

Multidisciplinary Team Approach Reduces Cervical Cancer Treatment Delays in Low-Resource Areas

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Multidisciplinary team approach reduces cervical cancer treatment delays in Botswana by 50%.

Nurse Navigators Improve Physician Engagement in Pretreatment Discussions

Nurse Navigators Improve Physician Engagement in Pretreatment Discussions

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Oncology nurse navigators improved physician engagement in multidisciplinary discussions prior to the initiation of treatment for patients with head and neck cancer.

NSCLC: Pathway Navigation Program Lowers Costs of Care

NSCLC: Pathway Navigation Program Lowers Costs of Care

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A clinical pathways navigation program for patients with non-small cell lung cancer significantly reduced cost of care while preserving clinical outcomes.

Volunteer Programs Designed to Support Cancer Patients at the Very End of Life

Volunteer Programs Designed to Support Cancer Patients at the Very End of Life

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NODA and V3 are volunteer programs that provide a compassionate presence for patients who are alone in their final hours.

Culturally Appropriate Cancer Patient Navigator Pilot Program Helps American Indians/Alaska Natives Secure Diagnoses, Care

Culturally Appropriate Cancer Patient Navigator Pilot Program Helps American Indians/Alaska Natives Secure Diagnoses, Care

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American Indians/Alaska Natives may face barriers to cancer diagnosis and care that can be overcome via cultural navigation services.

Lay Navigation Associated With Lower Medicare Costs, Health Care Use

Lay Navigation Associated With Lower Medicare Costs, Health Care Use

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The Patient Care Connect Program lowers Medicare costs and provides other benefits, research indicates.

Geographic Location Affects Stage at Diagnosis of Colon Cancer in Segregated Communities

Geographic Location Affects Stage at Diagnosis of Colon Cancer in Segregated Communities

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Geographic location was seen to affect disease stage at diagnosis among people with colorectal cancer who live in ethnically or racially segregated communities.

Role of Oncology Nurse Navigators Has Evolved and Expanded in 5 Years

Role of Oncology Nurse Navigators Has Evolved and Expanded in 5 Years

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Oncology Nursing Society conducted a role delineation survey (RDS) on oncology nurse navigators (ONNs) to determine how the role has evolved since the previous RDS and to determine if an ONN certification is needed.

Lung Cancer Navigator App Aims to Help Patients Understand Disease

Lung Cancer Navigator App Aims to Help Patients Understand Disease

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Lung Cancer Navigator, a mobile, customizable app from LUNGEVITY, helps patients with lung cancer better understand their disease, manage medications, track symptoms, and access support.

Peer Navigation Program Helpful for Patients With Hereditary Cancers

Peer Navigation Program Helpful for Patients With Hereditary Cancers

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Participants in a peer navigation program for patients at risk for HBOC were surveyed regarding the usefulness of the information provided, patient education, and their peer navigator. Survey results were presented at the 2016 SABCS.

MOCHA App Facilitates Communication Between Caregivers, Patients

MOCHA App Facilitates Communication Between Caregivers, Patients

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An app developed to track posthospitalization progress and activity of patients with breast cancer, adding the information into patients' electronic health records in real time, was presented at SABCS 2016.

Study Helps to Clarify Navigator Role in Colonoscopy Screening

Study Helps to Clarify Navigator Role in Colonoscopy Screening

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Survey data from patients receiving care at Boston Medical Center who were navigated for colonoscopy screening illustrates how patients value the services of oncology patient navigators.

Pilot Study Assesses Feasibility of Nurse-led Sexual Rehabilitation Program

Pilot Study Assesses Feasibility of Nurse-led Sexual Rehabilitation Program

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Researchers report on the feasibility of a nurse-led sexual rehabilitation intervention to target sexual recovery and vaginal dilation in women who underwent pelvic radiation therapy and brachytherapy for gynecologic cancers.

HIIT Improves Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Patients With Resectable NSCLC

HIIT Improves Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Patients With Resectable NSCLC

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This study focused on determining the effectiveness of a short-term high-intensity interval training (HIIT) program to improve patients' cardiorespiratory fitness prior to NSCLC resection.

Study Suggests More Men With Prostate Cancer Would Choose Active Surveillance if it Were Offered

Study Suggests More Men With Prostate Cancer Would Choose Active Surveillance if it Were Offered

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Researchers analyzed data from the NPCR of Sweden to determine whether more US men with prostate cancer would choose active surveillance if it were presented as a treatment option.

POLST Programs Can Benefit from the Relationship Between Patients and Nurse Practitioners

POLST Programs Can Benefit from the Relationship Between Patients and Nurse Practitioners

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POLST Programs Can Benefit From the APRN-Patient Relationship

How Physical Changes From Breast Cancer Affect Self-Image: Considerations for Clinicians

How Physical Changes From Breast Cancer Affect Self-Image: Considerations for Clinicians

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Cancers that cause more readily noticeable physical changes can produce self-image challenges for patients. This discussion reviews what interventions can help validate patients' self-image concerns.

Cost of TKI Therapy Leads to Delay in Treatment for Many Patients With Leukemia

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Patients with cancer incur significant out-of-pocket costs before their Medicare drug benefits activate, and due to those costs, many patients with CML delayed starting their treatment.

New CRC Screening Option Opens the Door for New Conversations

New CRC Screening Option Opens the Door for New Conversations

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A new colorectal cancer (CRC) screening test that can be done in the privacy of patients' homes, at their convenience, and with no prep needed may help patients overcome their reticence.

Patient Navigation Reduces Delays in Diagnostic Resolution

Patient Navigation Reduces Delays in Diagnostic Resolution

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Patient navigation reduces delays in diagnostic resolution among patients with a Charlson Comorbidity Index greater than 1 with abnormal findings

Analysis of Population Trends Shows Use of Electronic Cigarettes Increase Quit Success

Analysis of Population Trends Shows Use of Electronic Cigarettes Increase Quit Success

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An analysis of population trends in England demonstrated that use of electronic cigarettes improves the rate of successful quit attempts, but results in less use of prescription nicotine-replacement therapy products.

Novel Program Improves Communication for Oncology Nurses

Novel Program Improves Communication for Oncology Nurses

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A train-the-trainer communication training course appears to be an effective strategy for broadly teaching communication to oncology nurses.

Study Identifies Factors Associated With Poor Care Coordination

Study Identifies Factors Associated With Poor Care Coordination

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Patients who have little to no understanding of the health system, multiple comorbid conditions, do not receive a written treatment plan, or do not have contact with a cancer care coordinator or specialist nurse have significantly poorer care coordination.

Patients' and Caregivers' Misperceptions Continue to Stigmatize Palliative Care

Patients' and Caregivers' Misperceptions Continue to Stigmatize Palliative Care

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Oncology nurses face a difficult challenge in getting patients to consider palliative care because despite knowing that palliative care is comfort care, many patients and caregivers still equate it with end of life.

Caregivers of Patients With Cancer Report Higher Burden vs Other Caregivers

Caregivers of Patients With Cancer Report Higher Burden vs Other Caregivers

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Caregivers of patients with cancer report a higher burden and significantly more time providing care compared with caregivers of patients with other conditions.

Affordable Care Act: Comprehensive Overview Reveals Its Hits and Misses

Affordable Care Act: Comprehensive Overview Reveals Its Hits and Misses

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Researchers from the University of Miami School of Business Administration and the Florida Atlantic University College of Business present an overview of the impact of the ACA on US health care in its first 5 years.

Family Caregivers of Patients With Advanced Cancer Report High Anxiety, Depression

Family Caregivers of Patients With Advanced Cancer Report High Anxiety, Depression

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Nearly 25% to 33% of family caregivers of patients with advanced cancers report high levels of anxiety and depression symptoms, as well as significant time providing care.

Cancer Screening Guidelines Need to Address Higher Risk in SOTRs

Cancer Screening Guidelines Need to Address Higher Risk in SOTRs

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Solid organ transplant recipients (SOTRs) are 3 times more likely to develop cancer; however, clinical practice guidelines for cancer screening in this population do not reflect this increased risk.

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