Patient Autonomy

Survivors Diagnosed at Young Age More Likely to be Financially Dependent

Survivors Diagnosed at Young Age More Likely to be Financially Dependent

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Younger cancer survivors in Norway were more likely to be financially dependent and unemployed than individuals without cancer.

Functional Status Linked to Treatment Choice for Prostate Cancer

Functional Status Linked to Treatment Choice for Prostate Cancer

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Functional status, a person's ability to perform normal activities of daily living, is associated with treatment choice for patients with prostate cancer.

Addressing HRQOL to Improve Outcomes in Older Cancer Patients

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Understanding the effect of cancer on health-related quality of life is vital for optimal patient care.

More patients with cancer assigning durable power of attorney

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In recent years, an increasing number of cancer patients were found to be assigning durable power of attorney.

Adoption poses challenges for cancer survivors

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A new study has examined the unique challenges facing cancer survivors that wish to adopt a child.

Patient involvement increases perception of cancer care quality

Patient involvement increases perception of cancer care quality

Patients who participate in their medical decisions have a better impression about their level of care, a new study suggests, but researchers still unclear as to whether shared decision-making results in better outcomes.

Bridging cancer care for the older adult patient

Bridging cancer care for the older adult patient

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The special needs of older adult patients and caregivers, who are usually also older persons, can be a nursing challenge. These tips will ensure you are communicating effectively with this patient population.

One in five cancer patients postpone doctor visit

One in five cancer patients postpone doctor visit

One in five cancer patients typically wait more than three months to check in with a doctor about potentially serious symptoms, according to a new study.

Shared decision-making improves patient satisfaction during radiation therapy

Shared decision-making improves patient satisfaction during radiation therapy

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Playing an active role in their radiation treatment decisions leaves patients with cancer feeling more satisfied with their care, and may even relieve psychologic distress around the experience, researchers reported.

Trends in cancer care: The power of the e-patient

Trends in cancer care: The power of the e-patient

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Not all e-patients are Internet savvy, but they are engaged, educated, equipped, and enabled to be experts and equal partners in their care.

Tablet-based system of care aids autonomy for patients on their journey to survivorship

Tablet-based system of care aids autonomy for patients on their journey to survivorship

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Novel program provides patients with a computer tablet preloaded with app and links to information, data, and providers specific to their care.

A partnership with cosmetics helps rebuild positive body images in patients with cancer

A partnership with cosmetics helps rebuild positive body images in patients with cancer

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These programs are designed to help patients rebuild a positive self body image and cope with the physical effects of cancer and treatments.

Survivorship care plans empower patients

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A majority of cancer survivors gave the information provided through care plans a favorable rating, according to a new study that examined the online LIVESTRONG Care Plan.

Early end-of-life talks mean less aggressive care later

Early end-of-life talks are associated with less aggressive care and greater use of hospice services when patients do reach their final days.

He had to climb Heartbreak Hill

He had to climb Heartbreak Hill

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The patient appeared to deny the inevitable course of his disease, and the nurse could only wait for him to reach his point of acceptance.

Patients Desire Involvement in Planning Breast CA Treatment

Patients Desire Involvement in Planning Breast CA Treatment

Preferences shift to wanting more say in decisions following breast cancer treatment consultation.

Cancer information on Wikipedia: surprisingly reliable, but not so readable

Cancer information on Wikipedia is similar in accuracy and depth to that found on a peer-reviewed, patient-oriented cancer Web site, but the latter presents simpler, shorter versions.

Cancer and the workplace

Many cancer patients continue to work during treatment. Available resources range from advice on talking with their supervisors to federal laws that protect their rights.

New cancer patients benefit from full access to medical records

Allowing full access to personal medical records increases satisfaction but not anxiety in people who have recently been diagnosed with cancer, according to the findings of a recent study.

Conquering low health literacy among your patients

Oncology nurses can improve communication with—and outcomes of—their elderly cancer patients by overcoming barriers to health literacy among these patients.

Portable glioblastoma treatment device receives approval

The FDA has approved a portable therapeutic system that can be used at home by adults who have glioblastoma that has recurred or progressed following chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

AICR "plates" new dietary guidelines

The American Institute for Cancer Research is urging people to think about how the famous USDA food pyramid should actually translate to the plate in order to fight cancer and other diseases.

Patient Advisor: New health Web site for consumers

Patient Advisor (www.MPRPatientAdvisor.com) is a collaboration of Monthly Prescribing Reference (MPR, published by Haymarket Media) and AnswersMedia, LLC.

When the patient decides: No more treatment

When the patient decides: No more treatment

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Clinicians are all too aware that chemotherapy can be either a friend or a foe. When it does become the enemy, supporting the patient's decision to stop treatment often means saying yes to compassionate care.

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