Please clarify the role and responsibilities of oncology nurse navigators (ONNs) vs those of the oncology social workers (OSWs).
A review of shared decision making with men about undergoing PSA testing revealed that although full SDM discussions are increasing, variations in whether these discussions occur and how much information is shared still exist.
Travel to appointments can be difficult for patients with cancer. In this study, researchers sought to determine the effect of travel burden on clinical trial participation by household income, race/ethnicity, and clinical trial phase.
A meta-analysis shows that earlier initiation of palliative care can effectively change patterns of care for patients with higher illness burden.
A review of the literature on follow-up after positive screening results led researchers to a consensus opinion on timing of diagnostic tests for 4 cancers: breast, cervical, colorectal, and lung.
In a study that evaluated outcomes for younger, working age women with breast cancer, researchers identified differences in cancer-related financial adverse events in black women vs white women.
Researchers in Montreal presented results of a study on the effects of using a pivot nurse in oncology (PNO) on continuity of care, outcomes, and quality of life for patients with lung cancer at the 2018 European Lung Cancer Congress.
Male spouse or partner perspectives on a female patient's ability to cope was found to have a positive effect on her ability to cope and adjust to her disease. Unfortunately, this effect remains rarely researched and poorly understood among patients with breast cancer in same sex relationships.
A study presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference focused on redesigning CNS practice to mirror patient transitions throughout the continuum of care.
LISTEN, a novel program developed at WVU School of Medicine, is designed to tackle loneliness — a significant health concern for patients with cancer.
A retrospective study of data from POGONIS evaluated the effectiveness of specialized pediatric palliative care vs general palliative care or no palliative care in pediatric patients with cancer at the end of life.
A cancer diagnosis is wrought with challenges for young adults. This article identifies the unique support needs for patients aged 20 to 39 years with cancer.
An analysis of select responses to a survey conducted by researchers from the College of Nursing at South Dakota State University identified oncology nurses' comfort level in handling end-of-life care and patient education.
Cultural humility is a different perspective on nurse-patient communication than cultural competence. Eucharia Borden, an oncology social worker, explains their difference and how it can improve your care for patients of minority cultures.
In this companion piece to our November column, we discuss the unique challenges to preserving the fertility of female patients with cancer and current options.
Increasing survival rates for AYA patients with cancer have heightened the importance of discussing fertility preservation options. In this column, we review the options for male patients and the significance of including a discussion of them as part of treatment planning.
Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center sought to determine if observation status may be a better treatment option for older adults with cancer who present to the ED.
A randomized study assessed the impact of ConquerFear, a novel intervention developed from various models of cognitive therapy, and Taking-it-Easy, an intervention based on models that promote relaxation, on cancer survivors' ability to manage their fear of cancer recurrence.
Questionnaires completed before and after a clinic visit revealed the potential anxiety of patients during the diagnosis and treatment planning phases of their cancer journey.
An analysis of 23 studies focused on interventions with the potential to improve follow-up colonoscopy completion rates found that navigation programs are more effective than other interventions studied.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month has been celebrated in October since the early 1990s. In this column, Oncology Nurse Advisor asked 3 community education advocates to share their tips for a successful awareness event.
Caregivers of patients with malignant brain tumors often bear additional burdens in their role, as these patients often experience cognition-related adverse effects as well as the effects of their cancer and its treatment.
A newly developed patient education resource helps nurses educate patients with colorectal cancer about biomarker testing and counsel them on the significance of the results.
A navigator offers her take on how the ideal EHR system could unify the oncology care team toward the common goal of optimal patient outcomes.
Teenagers and young adults with cancer rated digital resources such as email, online information resources, and communication tools as critical to their lives. These patients would also utilize additional resources such as chat rooms and online counseling and support.
Lifestyle changes that promote proper weight management, increased exercise, and a healthy diet have the potential to improve survivors' health and well-being.
An effective nurse navigator approach involves removing barriers to good care, such as differences in health care delivery systems, poor communication, and financial impediments.
Lay cancer patient navigators can address barriers to care such as financial burden and psychosocial distress, and can help reduce disparities across the continuum of care.
A patient survey was designed to examine patient views of their initial breast cancer diagnosis process and care management.
By identifying incidence, prevalence, and risk factors for colorectal and pancreatic cancer in our communities, nurse navigators can develop screening and prevention programs to better serve these populations.
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