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Fertility Preservation in Male Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer

Fertility Preservation in Male Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer

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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.

Improving Emergency Department Care for Older Adults With Cancer

Improving Emergency Department Care for Older Adults With Cancer

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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.

Intervention Model Helps Cancer Survivors Overcome Fear of Recurrence

Intervention Model Helps Cancer Survivors Overcome Fear of Recurrence

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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.

Anxiety Levels High in Diagnosis, Treatment Planning Phases of Cancer Journey

Anxiety Levels High in Diagnosis, Treatment Planning Phases of Cancer Journey

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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.

Navigation Programs Most Effective in Increasing Follow-up Colonoscopy

Navigation Programs Most Effective in Increasing Follow-up Colonoscopy

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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.

Building an Optimal Cancer Awareness or Community Outreach Program

Building an Optimal Cancer Awareness or Community Outreach Program

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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.

Invisible Burdens: The Complex Needs of Caregivers of Patients With Brain Cancer

Invisible Burdens: The Complex Needs of Caregivers of Patients With Brain Cancer

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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.

Educational Program Explains Biomarker Testing for Colorectal Cancer

Educational Program Explains Biomarker Testing for Colorectal Cancer

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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.

To Better Serve Patients With Cancer, Navigators Need Better Systems

To Better Serve Patients With Cancer, Navigators Need Better Systems

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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.

Teens and Young Adults with Cancer and Survivors Express Use of Digital Resources

Teens and Young Adults with Cancer and Survivors Express Use of Digital Resources

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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.

Eating and Exercising Towards Better Health in Cancer Survivors

Eating and Exercising Towards Better Health in Cancer Survivors

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Lifestyle changes that promote proper weight management, increased exercise, and a healthy diet have the potential to improve survivors' health and well-being.

Navigating Patients With Hematologic Cancers

Navigating Patients With Hematologic Cancers

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An effective nurse navigator approach involves removing barriers to good care, such as differences in health care delivery systems, poor communication, and financial impediments.

Feasibility of a Lay Cancer Patient Navigation Program to Meet The Needs of Cancer Patients

Feasibility of a Lay Cancer Patient Navigation Program to Meet The Needs of Cancer Patients

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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.

Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Nurse Navigation Survey

Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Nurse Navigation Survey

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A patient survey was designed to examine patient views of their initial breast cancer diagnosis process and care management.

Navigating Colorectal and Pancreatic Cancer Patients in a Multidisciplinary Cancer Center

Navigating Colorectal and Pancreatic Cancer Patients in a Multidisciplinary Cancer Center

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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.

Navigating the Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Patient: CT Lung Cancer Screening Development

Navigating the Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Patient: CT Lung Cancer Screening Development

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Developing a lung cancer screening program involves a number of challenges, including identifying patients in need of screening, patient follow-up, and community support.

Lay Navigation Program Improves Health Care, Health System Use, Costs for Older Cancer Survivors

Lay Navigation Program Improves Health Care, Health System Use, Costs for Older Cancer Survivors

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Survivorship care plan successfully improves the overall survivorship care of older cancer survivors using lay navigators.

Personalized Medicine and the Role of the Oncology Navigator

Personalized Medicine and the Role of the Oncology Navigator

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As molecular testing becomes the standard of care for many cancers, nurse navigators have an important role to play ensuring molecular testing of suitable patients, providing patient education, and managing of patient expectations.

Innovative Navigation Strategies: The Patient Care Connect Program

Innovative Navigation Strategies: The Patient Care Connect Program

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Older cancer survivors typically have higher severity of disease and pre-existing conditions, which makes their cancer treatment additionally challenging. The Patient Care Connect Program was created to help address these issues.

Clinical Pathways: Paving the Way to Improve Patient-Centered and Cohesive Cancer Care

Clinical Pathways: Paving the Way to Improve Patient-Centered and Cohesive Cancer Care

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Cancer centers and hospital networks are finding both utility and value in clinical care pathways to help standardize diagnosis, treatment, and management of the most common disease presentations.

Patient Navigators Found to Boost Lung Cancer Screening Rates

Patient Navigators Found to Boost Lung Cancer Screening Rates

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Counseling current smokers and helping to direct their care may reduce lung cancer mortality in underserved low-income populations.

Text Message System Uses Common Behavior to Promote, Enhance Childhood Cancer Survivorship Care

Text Message System Uses Common Behavior to Promote, Enhance Childhood Cancer Survivorship Care

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An interactive system connects adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood cancers with their health care team to ensure they establish and adhere to recommended survivorship care plans.

Putting a Name on the Impact of Cancer Treatment Costs

Putting a Name on the Impact of Cancer Treatment Costs

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I hear the term "financial toxicity" used more and more when people are discussing the cost of cancer treatments. What exactly is financial toxicity?

Tissue Biobank Procurement Consent Should Include Discussion of Confidentiality Risks

Tissue Biobank Procurement Consent Should Include Discussion of Confidentiality Risks

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Results from a small survey suggest a need to include risk of confidentiality breach in consent discussions.

A Navigator's Take: Developing Cancer Screening Programs in Your Community

A Navigator's Take: Developing Cancer Screening Programs in Your Community

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A review of the importance of cancer screening programs and the important role of the oncology nurse navigator/care coordinator in developing them.

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.

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