Oncology Nursing

New Class of Clinical Trial Enhances Research on Cancer Care Delivery

New Class of Clinical Trial Enhances Research on Cancer Care Delivery

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What is a CCDR clinical trial and how does it differ from clinical trials that test new drugs?

Nurse Survey Identifies Adverse Events Related to Handling Chemotherapy

Nurse Survey Identifies Adverse Events Related to Handling Chemotherapy

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Using a 4-question survey, investigators determined oncology nurses' perception of their risks in handling and administering cytotoxic chemotherapy to patients.

You Don't Say: Knowing When to Just Listen to Patients, Families Trying to Cope

You Don't Say: Knowing When to Just Listen to Patients, Families Trying to Cope

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When patients and families are holding on to what you don't say, they may use combativeness and being argumentative to keep you — and your words — from bringing them to accept the unacceptable.

Early Recognition of Checkpoint Inhibitor-Related Pneumonitis Improves Outcomes

Early Recognition of Checkpoint Inhibitor-Related Pneumonitis Improves Outcomes

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As the use of checkpoint inhibitors increases in many types of cancer, oncology nurses need to learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of pneumonitis, a rare but life-threatening adverse effect of these agents.

Digital Recording in Skills Lab Beneficial for Nursing Students

Digital Recording in Skills Lab Beneficial for Nursing Students

The use of digital recording may aid in the transition from theory-based learning to practice.

Bullying Common to Nursing Students

Bullying Common to Nursing Students

Interviews with undergraduate nursing students revealed that many report bullying in both clinical and academic settings.

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.

Pain Management, Cancer Care at End-of-Life Improved by Caregiver Education, Training Intervention

Pain Management, Cancer Care at End-of-Life Improved by Caregiver Education, Training Intervention

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Novel intervention focuses on caregivers' beliefs, knowledge, and skills regarding home care for patients with cancer resulting in improved pain management and better overall care at the end of life.

Virtual Reality Offers New Experiences to Patients in Hospice

Virtual Reality Offers New Experiences to Patients in Hospice

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A London hospice facility's experiment with virtual reality offers patients at the end of life the chance to explore the world beyond their bed.

Treating the Other "Patient": Depressive Symptoms Are Predictive of Declining Physical Health in Caregivers

Treating the Other "Patient": Depressive Symptoms Are Predictive of Declining Physical Health in Caregivers

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The person with cancer is not always the oncology nurse's only patient. Caregivers should be assessed for depressive symptoms, which can indicate declining physical health in the caregiver, and receive appropriate treatment.

Understanding Your Patient: Keys to Outcomes Success

Understanding Your Patient: Keys to Outcomes Success

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Identifying which archetypical profile fits your patient can help oncology nurses individualize support and education needs to their patients.

Accurate View of Prognosis Ensures Terminally Ill Make Value-Consistent EOL-Care Decisions

Accurate View of Prognosis Ensures Terminally Ill Make Value-Consistent EOL-Care Decisions

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Most terminally ill patients have accurate prognostic awareness of their condition and tend to become more aware as their condition deteriorates.

The Great Cancer Masquerade: When Grief Manifests as Anxiety, Control, Anger

The Great Cancer Masquerade: When Grief Manifests as Anxiety, Control, Anger

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Grief over a loved one's impending death may manifest as other emotions or difficult-to-manage behavior. This month's column describes how families may express their grief as anxiety about their loved one's care, an attempt to take control of the situation, or anger toward the clinicians involved in their loved one's care.

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.

PHQ-9 and HADS-D May be Limited in Assessment of MDD in Patients With Cancer

PHQ-9 and HADS-D May be Limited in Assessment of MDD in Patients With Cancer

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Results of a recent study found that the effectiveness of the 9-item Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS-D) in screening for major depressive disorder (MDD) in patients with cancer was limited compared to the standardized diagnostic interview.

Evolving Education Initiative Keeps Nurses Up-to-Date on CAR T Cell Therapy Best Practices

Evolving Education Initiative Keeps Nurses Up-to-Date on CAR T Cell Therapy Best Practices

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A multidisciplinary education initiative was instrumental in preparing nursing and clinical staff for the challenges of managing care and follow-up of patients undergoing CAR-T therapy.

Nurse-Led Psychological Intervention Beneficial in Breast Cancer

Nurse-Led Psychological Intervention Beneficial in Breast Cancer

Participants with high risk of depression reported lower mood disturbance, anxiety, depression following intervention.

Rare Cancers Pose a Challenge for Patients, Clinicians

Rare Cancers Pose a Challenge for Patients, Clinicians

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A diagnosis of a rare cancer is compounded by a greater sense of isolation because patients often struggle to find "someone like me." Support measures need to provide a sense of inclusion as well as meet unique needs.

Significant Reductions in CLABSIs Achieved With Daily Chlorhexidine Bathing in Oncology Population

Significant Reductions in CLABSIs Achieved With Daily Chlorhexidine Bathing in Oncology Population

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Daily CHG bathing can safely reduce CLABSIs in oncology patients with central lines, with small variations in efficacy of the practice due to differences in patient population, work processes, and team engagement.

Guidelines Issued on Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Nurses

Guidelines Issued on Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Nurses

Health care facilities, nursing schools should adopt alternative-to-discipline approaches for treatment

The Impact of Minimizing a Cancer Diagnosis

The Impact of Minimizing a Cancer Diagnosis

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Seeing another patient's situation as worse may be a coping mechanism for some patients with cancer, but those patients need to be reminded not to diminish their own disease and treatment.

Standardized Assessment Tool Prevents Chemotherapy-Induced Neurotoxicity

Standardized Assessment Tool Prevents Chemotherapy-Induced Neurotoxicity

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Standardized tool improved efficiency and thoroughness of patient assessment and documentation of neurotoxicity caused by high-dose cytarabine.

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?

Including Informal Caregivers of Elderly in Discharge Process Reduces Readmission Risk

Including Informal Caregivers of Elderly in Discharge Process Reduces Readmission Risk

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A meta-analysis of elderly patient discharge practices found that including informal caregivers in discharge planning reduces risks of readmission.

Nurses Promote Community Health Through Formal and Informal Work

Nurses Promote Community Health Through Formal and Informal Work

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A workforce survey revealed that nearly all nurses are involved in volunteer work that enhance community health, with most choosing activities not related to their jobs.

Barriers to School Nurse-led Implementation of Obesity Guidelines Identified

Barriers to School Nurse-led Implementation of Obesity Guidelines Identified

Barriers to implementation of national guidelines for obesity identified at system, subject, and professional level.

Survey Reveals Research Priorities for Cancer Patients, Oncology Nurses

Survey Reveals Research Priorities for Cancer Patients, Oncology Nurses

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Palliative care and end-of-life care are top research priorities for oncology patients and nurses.

Ethical Framework Should Guide Nurses During Health Care Policy Changes

Ethical Framework Should Guide Nurses During Health Care Policy Changes

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NYU Dean of Rory Meyers College of Nursing reminds nurses that they have a Code of Ethics to help guide their practice decisions.

Helping Oncology Nurses Cope When Nothing More Can Be Done for the Patient

Helping Oncology Nurses Cope When Nothing More Can Be Done for the Patient

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A challenging patient case illustrates how caring for each other enables oncology nurses to provide better patient care.

Communication Technology Improves Treatment Burden, Patient Perspective of Oncology Care

Communication Technology Improves Treatment Burden, Patient Perspective of Oncology Care

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Communication technology improves treatment burden, patient perspectives on oncology care.

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