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Opioid Epidemic Response May Be Limiting Cancer-Related Pain Management

Opioid Epidemic Response May Be Limiting Cancer-Related Pain Management

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A report on current legislation and practice trends regarding opioids and how they are affecting cancer patients' ability to manage their pain.

Colorectal Cancer and Dietary Fiber: Source Is More Important Than Amount

Colorectal Cancer and Dietary Fiber: Source Is More Important Than Amount

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New research on the benefits of high-fiber diets for CRC survivors took its findings one step further and identified the type of fiber consumed and which provided better benefits.

Online Learning Modules Improve Exercise Counseling, But Not Participation

Online Learning Modules Improve Exercise Counseling, But Not Participation

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Researchers evaluated the effectiveness of online learning modules on physical activity counseling for oncology nurses. Although the modules improved nurses' counseling practices, they did not resolve the issue of physical activity in survivors.

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.

A Rare Case of Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma 10 Years After Liver Transplantation

A Rare Case of Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma 10 Years After Liver Transplantation

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This case describes management of a 61-year-old male with a history of chronic liver diseases and COPD who developed a posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorder 10 years after a liver transplant.

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.

What SUPPORT Can Do for Families Coping With Cancer During the Holidays

What SUPPORT Can Do for Families Coping With Cancer During the Holidays

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As the holidays approach, offering these SUPPORT tips can help caregivers of patients with cancer make the most of the seasonal activities and the time with their loved ones.

Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factors: Use, Administration, Adverse Effects

Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factors: Use, Administration, Adverse Effects

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A review of granulocyte colony-stimulating factors, dosage and administration, adverse effects, and nurse management steps is presented.

Critical Thinking Key to Effective Management of Adverse Effects in Lymphoma

Critical Thinking Key to Effective Management of Adverse Effects in Lymphoma

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Nurses' critical thinking perspective is key to recognizing and managing adverse effects in patients with lymphoma, and staying ahead of the curve in a rapidly changing clinical setting.

Statins, Antihypercholesterolemic Drugs Show Potential as Anticancer Agents

Statins, Antihypercholesterolemic Drugs Show Potential as Anticancer Agents

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Study results demonstrate that statins have antitumor activity in various solid-tumor cancers and leukemia; however, experts offer these caveats on using them to treat cancer — at least for now.

WWW: Navigating Complex Conversations Regarding Patients With Advanced Disease

WWW: Navigating Complex Conversations Regarding Patients With Advanced Disease

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WWW is not for the world-wide web, but it is an easy way to remember the 3 w's of communication with patients with advanced disease: wish, worry, wonder.

A Case of Immunotherapy-Induced Myocarditis Concomitant to MG in Lung Cancer

A Case of Immunotherapy-Induced Myocarditis Concomitant to MG in Lung Cancer

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In this case, a female patient with advanced lung cancer experiences a rare episode of nivolumab-induced Herzmyasthenie, emphasizing the need to be aware of the potential for rapid myocarditis concomitant with MG in patients undergoing treatment with anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibodies.

Navigating the Transition From Treatment to Breast Cancer Survivor

Navigating the Transition From Treatment to Breast Cancer Survivor

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The transition from active treatment to survivorship for patients with breast cancer can be as complex as the disease. An oncology social worker discusses the challenges of this "new unknown" in the continuum of care.

Combining Radiation, Immunotherapy: An Emerging Challenge for Oncology Nursing

Combining Radiation, Immunotherapy: An Emerging Challenge for Oncology Nursing

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Combining radiotherapy and immunotherapy has shown early promise against some advanced cancers, but oncology nurses need to be wary of potential overlapping toxicity profiles from each of these treatment modalities.

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.

Breast Cancer Recurrence Not a Deterrent for Survivors Who Wish to Conceive

Breast Cancer Recurrence Not a Deterrent for Survivors Who Wish to Conceive

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This study explored the potential for pregnancy and breastfeeding among women who survived breast cancer, particularly those with ER-positive disease, and the impact of pregnancy on disease recurrence.

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.

No Benefit to Extensive Cancer Screening in Unprovoked Venous Thromboembolism

No Benefit to Extensive Cancer Screening in Unprovoked Venous Thromboembolism

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Although unprovoked VTE may be a sign of occult cancer, results of a meta-analysis showed no benefit to extensive cancer screening in these patients.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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