Sometimes communication barriers cannot be broken until the patient, the family, and the nurse find a common ground together.
For pediatric patients with advanced cancer, parent-provider concordance is poor regarding prognosis and goals of care, according to a study.
Sometimes the best answer to a patient's question is quiet support. Can you recognize when no words are needed?
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.
Some patients seem to circumnavigate their way to an answer to your questions. Ann Brady explains why you should WAIT it out instead of pushing the patient toward a quick answer.
Trainee intervention doesn't improve communication or end-of-life care, and patient depression actually ranked higher in instances when such an intervention was given.
How patients' fears manifest in communications can frustrate nurses. The best response may be a simple question that allows the person to voice their concerns.
Survivorship plans should be based on patients' answers to these basic questions about their goals and wishes after treatment ends.
A positive attitude can help patients cope in difficult situations. But what can nurses do when positivity is used to cloud reality?
A telephone-delivered program, CanChange, helped survivors of colorectal cancer be more physically active, maintain their body weight, and have a healthier diet, according to a new study.
This primer on diet and nutrition focuses on counseling patients on how, what, and when to eat to maintain their weight and nutritional status.
Do you squirm when patients ask about the affects of cancer on their sexuality? A therapist explains how to talk with cancer patients about sexuality.
Do nurses participate in survivorship care planning?
A survey of information needs helped this oncology unit create a teaching tool that helped to educate the nurses as well as their patients.
Is the pain ineffectively managed baseline pain or is it breakthrough pain? This discussion reviews how to determine the answer and what to do next.
Have you ever recognized your own behavior in a caregiver's actions? What do you do to apply professional lessons from personal experiences?
The most effective images for skin self-examination are mole-mapping diagrams, baseline and lesions changing over time photographs.
Understanding pain mechanisms and the types, triggers, and alleviating factors is needed to provide effective analgesia for patients with cancer.
The end of cancer treatment is a turning point for patients. Some may embrace the change in their perspective on life, but some feel a sense of loss of their former selves and need help accepting who they are now.
"That's not what I said." Nurses need to be attentive to the signs of how a patient understands what they are told.
What criteria are used at facilities to determine which patients receive drugs during an extreme drug shortage when only a limited supply is available within the facility? How is this issue communicated to patients, if at all?
As a nurse, what do you do when you have no things you can do to help your patient? Ann Brady reflects on a patient who just needed her to stand there and do nothing.
A new position statement from the Oncology Nursing Society urges oncology nurses to incorporate new genomic information into practice and patient education.
Black women have the highest death rate from breast cancer of all racial and ethnic groups, and are 40% more likely to die of the disease than are white women, according to a new report from the CDC.
Patients with advanced cancer who discussed end-of-life care with their doctors earlier in the course of their illness had care that was less aggressive in their last month of life and were more likely to use hospice services.
An end-of-life pathway can enhance the ability of oncology nurses to provide high quality care at a crucial time for patients and families.
Opioid-induced constipation is not adequately addressed by nurse practitioners and physicians, according to research presented at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Connections: Advancing Care Through Science conference.
Many persons who receive chemotherapy for incurable cancers may not understand that the treatment is unlikely to be curative.
Self-care is an essential part of treating patients with lymphedema, with full-body exercise and complete decongestive therapy being the best ways to minimize symptoms and maintain quality of life.
I knew Sam's joking was not a sign of joy or happiness but his way of coping, maybe the only way he knew how.
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