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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.

Risk of Some Cancers Higher in Women With a History of Periodontal Disease

Risk of Some Cancers Higher in Women With a History of Periodontal Disease

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A study on a cohort of women enrolled in the WHI-OS shows that those with a history of periodontal disease had a higher risk for developing some cancers.

Optimal Treatment Regimens for Oldest Patients Is an Emerging Challenge for Radiation Oncology

Optimal Treatment Regimens for Oldest Patients Is an Emerging Challenge for Radiation Oncology

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A look at the significant influence of age-adjusted prognoses and treatment priorities for radiation therapy in the oldest patients with cancer.

Preventing Body-Trauma Triggers During Radiation Therapy for Cancer

Preventing Body-Trauma Triggers During Radiation Therapy for Cancer

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Some patients undergoing radiation therapy may experience traumatic symptoms if they had a prior experience that triggered their "fight, flight, or freeze" response. Somatic experiencing may help these patients manage their symptoms during their radiation treatments.

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.

Gay Men and the Stigma of a Cancer Diagnosis

Gay Men and the Stigma of a Cancer Diagnosis

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A cancer diagnosis often further stigmatizes gay men, particularly those who have not revealed their sexual orientation to others. In this review, CancerCare's Bill Goeren discusses the psychosocial challenges inherent to cancer care for gay men.

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.

Novel 3D Marker Reduces Radiation, Improves Cosmesis in Breast Conserving Surgery

Novel 3D Marker Reduces Radiation, Improves Cosmesis in Breast Conserving Surgery

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Two recent studies examined the benefits of using a 3D bioabsorbable marker to indicate the tumor bed in women with breast cancer who underwent breast conserving surgery (BCS).

Taxane-based Chemotherapy May Diminish Balance, Gait in Breast Cancer Survivors

Taxane-based Chemotherapy May Diminish Balance, Gait in Breast Cancer Survivors

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Breast cancer survivors who received taxane-based chemotherapy for their disease are at increased risk for falls due to CIPN and treatment-associated effects on balance and gait.

Improved Outcomes in Lung Cancer With Hyperfractionated Chemoradiation Therapy

Improved Outcomes in Lung Cancer With Hyperfractionated Chemoradiation Therapy

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Twice daily radiation therapy with chemotherapy may improve survival times in patients with some advanced head and neck cancers, a new study confirms.

Program Focuses on How to 'Look Good Feel Better' During Cancer Treatment

Program Focuses on How to 'Look Good Feel Better' During Cancer Treatment

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American Cancer Society (ACS) program teaches patients with cancer how to repair their physical image when faced with the changes in their appearance brought on by cancer treatments.

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.

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.

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.

Mastectomy vs BCT: Understanding Women's Treatment Choice for Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Mastectomy vs BCT: Understanding Women's Treatment Choice for Early-Stage Breast Cancer

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Canadian investigators sought to understand the factors that influence the treatment choices of women with early-stage breast cancer.

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.

Managing Pain in the Crosshairs of an Opioid Crisis and HCAHPS-related Demands

Managing Pain in the Crosshairs of an Opioid Crisis and HCAHPS-related Demands

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Patient expectations, clinician perception, and institutional objectives create a perfect storm of conflicting interests regarding pain management, especially given the current trend to control opioid use.

Rolapitant Eases CINV in Patients Receiving Highly, Moderately Emetogenic Chemotherapy

Rolapitant Eases CINV in Patients Receiving Highly, Moderately Emetogenic Chemotherapy

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Long-acting NK-1 receptor antagonist rolapitant demonstrates significant efficacy in managing CINV in patients receiving HEC or MEC for cancer.

Distress Management Tool Gets an Update, Patient Version

Distress Management Tool Gets an Update, Patient Version

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A review of the updated NCCN Guidelines is presented with a look at the newly published Guideline for Patients.

Physical Activity Improves Outcomes for Patients with Breast Cancer and Survivors

Physical Activity Improves Outcomes for Patients with Breast Cancer and Survivors

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Physical activity is proven to improve both physical and mental effects of cancer diagnosis and treatment, even if the activity needs to be modified to fit the patient's current abilities.

Optimal Management of Myeloma With Bortezomib

Optimal Management of Myeloma With Bortezomib

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In this review of the role of bortezomib in the treatment of multiple myeloma, the researchers explain what nurses need to watch for in patients taking this drug.

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.

Updated ASTRO Guideline Bolsters Safety, Efficacy of Palliative RT for Bone Metastases

Updated ASTRO Guideline Bolsters Safety, Efficacy of Palliative RT for Bone Metastases

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Palliative radiotherapy for bone metastases is safe, effective — but controversy persists for single-fraction treatment.

The Integration of Cannabis in Oncologic Care

The Integration of Cannabis in Oncologic Care

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Despite recent new legislation, medical marijuana as an adjunct to palliative and end-of-life care remains controversial. But a greater acceptance within both the medical community and the lay public is prompting research on how it can be integrated into standard care.

Risk of Second Cancers Increased in Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivors

Risk of Second Cancers Increased in Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivors

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Hodgkin lymphoma survivors are at higher risk of second cancers, and that risk is even higher in those with a first-degree relative with cancer.

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.

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