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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.

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.

Kinase Inhibitors: Managing Adverse Effects in the Treatment of Metastatic Melanoma

Kinase Inhibitors: Managing Adverse Effects in the Treatment of Metastatic Melanoma

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Despite their efficacy in metastatic melanoma, KIs include risk of serious side effects in patients. This overview explains the effects and management recommendations for 4 agents used to treat metastatic melanoma.

Volunteer Programs Designed to Support Cancer Patients at the Very End of Life

Volunteer Programs Designed to Support Cancer Patients at the Very End of Life

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NODA and V3 are volunteer programs that provide a compassionate presence for patients who are alone in their final hours.

Managing Adverse Effects From Oral Kinase Inhibitors in Patients With Hematologic Cancers

Managing Adverse Effects From Oral Kinase Inhibitors in Patients With Hematologic Cancers

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Ibrutinib, idelalisib, ponatinib, and ruxolitinib are each associated with a variety of potential adverse effects and oncology nurses must be aware of these to successfully monitor for them.

GARD: A Move Toward Precision Radiation Therapy

GARD: A Move Toward Precision Radiation Therapy

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A new tool may enable oncologists to deliver radiation therapy targeted to a tumor's biology and radiosensitivity, similar to how anticancer agents target specific tumor mutation-affected gene pathways.

Therapeutic Writing in Group Work For Patients With Cancer

Therapeutic Writing in Group Work For Patients With Cancer

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Journaling can offer patients with cancer a safe space to express and process emotions without fear of judgment or risk of burdening loved ones.

Support Organization Rocks Age-Appropriate Cancer Care for AYA Patients

Support Organization Rocks Age-Appropriate Cancer Care for AYA Patients

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Following the lead of a British cancer support organization, Teen Cancer America sponsors age-appropriate cancer center environments as well as peer and community support for adolescents and young adults with cancer.

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.

When Noncompliance With Cancer Treatment Isn't Really Noncompliance

When Noncompliance With Cancer Treatment Isn't Really Noncompliance

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The patient seemed to demonstrate typical noncompliance behaviors. Until one day her appearance suggested another explanation, prompting an investigation that revealed a surprising cause.

Hypnosis and Its Use in Cancer Treatment

Hypnosis and Its Use in Cancer Treatment

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A cursory look at hypnosis and where it may be used to offer an alternative and side-effect-free management of several aspects of care that can be beneficial to patients with cancer.

Escalating Drug Prices Central to Value Discussion of Cancer Treatment Regimens

Escalating Drug Prices Central to Value Discussion of Cancer Treatment Regimens

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In his plenary lecture at 2016 SABCS, Peter P. Bach, MD, MAPP, reviewed the factors contributing to escalating drug prices and the significance of drug prices in the value of a cancer treatment regimen.

Breast Cancer Follow-Up Care Recommendations: Considerations for a Growing Survivorship Population

Breast Cancer Follow-Up Care Recommendations: Considerations for a Growing Survivorship Population

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Women with a history of breast cancer face a wide variety of challenges as they transition from the role of "patient" to "survivor".

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