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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.

Nurses Are Key to Referrals to Inpatient Integrative Medicine Services

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Most clinicians support use of integrative services for hospitalized patients, and most referrals for these services are nurse-driven, a NIH-funded study conducted at a large tertiary care facility has shown.

Users Support Indoor Tanning Device Age Restrictions, Stronger Health Warnings, But Not Total Ban

Users Support Indoor Tanning Device Age Restrictions, Stronger Health Warnings, But Not Total Ban

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Three-quarters of young adult women who visit indoor tanning salons support stronger restrictions on their use.

Dating Challenges Throughout the Cancer Journey

Dating Challenges Throughout the Cancer Journey

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The decision to resume or begin dating after a cancer diagnosis can be particularly stressful.

Social Media Platforms Assist Cancer Patients During Treatment Journey in Many Ways

Social Media Platforms Assist Cancer Patients During Treatment Journey in Many Ways

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Social media has become a mainstay of day-to-day life. For patients with cancer, it can be a lifeline to unprecedented support that is unique to their needs.

When Words Soothe but Actions Frazzle: Keeping Your Patient Communications Consistent

When Words Soothe but Actions Frazzle: Keeping Your Patient Communications Consistent

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At what point is attentiveness being too nice? Ann Brady discusses how her words followed the patient's wishes, but her actions prompted an unexpected question.

Systematic Palliative Care Provides Greater Improvement in Quality of Life for Patients with Pancreatic Cancer

Systematic Palliative Care Provides Greater Improvement in Quality of Life for Patients with Pancreatic Cancer

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Quality of life is significantly improved for patients with pancreatic cancer when systematic palliative care is administered vs on-demand palliative care.

Using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Principles in Daily Patient Interactions

Using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Principles in Daily Patient Interactions

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Cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques can help patients with cancer turn their negative thoughts into positive attitudes, as well as find meaning and purpose to their life.

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?

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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.

Patient Navigation Program Leads to Efficiencies in Hospital Discharge Process

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A standardized discharge navigation program resulted in significantly earlier discharge time that led to efficient, cost-effective patient throughput with no adverse effect on readmission rates.

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