Patient Counseling & Support

Implementing a Distress Screening Process for Cancer Patients

Implementing a Distress Screening Process for Cancer Patients

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Highest points of distress experienced by patients with cancer at 1 institution are identified in this study to better implement distress screening.

Socioeconomic Benefits of Marriage Improve Survival Among Married Patients

Socioeconomic Benefits of Marriage Improve Survival Among Married Patients

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A recent study confirms the benefits of marriage on patients with cancer, including socioeconomic status, psychosocial support, and a higher regard for health-related self care.

Effect of Childbirth on Risk of Ovarian Cancer Diminishes With Age, But Effect of Oral Contraceptive Use Is Constant

Effect of Childbirth on Risk of Ovarian Cancer Diminishes With Age, But Effect of Oral Contraceptive Use Is Constant

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Prior oral contraceptive use is associated with reduced risk for ovarian cancer among women of all ages; however, risk reductions associated with childbirth wane as women age

The First Call: The Importance of an Initial Assessment

The First Call: The Importance of an Initial Assessment

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Accepting the need for counseling or support services may be difficult for many patients. Clinicians need to be attuned to specific clues during a first contact to make an accurate initial assessment.

Overall Benefits of Vaporized Nicotine Products Outweigh Harms, Says International Panel of Experts

Overall Benefits of Vaporized Nicotine Products Outweigh Harms, Says International Panel of Experts

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E-cigarettes have a strong potential to improve population health by reducing or displacing cigarette use. A team of international experts urged the US FDA to have a broad perspective when it comes to regulating e-cigarettes.

Use of Emotional Support and Acceptance Coping Strategies Lead to Better QOL and Mood in Patients With Incurable Cancer

Use of Emotional Support and Acceptance Coping Strategies Lead to Better QOL and Mood in Patients With Incurable Cancer

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Patients with newly diagnosed, incurable cancer who use emotional support and acceptance coping strategies experience better quality of life (QOL) and mood; denial and self-blame strategies correlate negatively with these outcomes.

Offer Smoking Cessation Help With Lung Cancer Screening for Patients Who Smoke

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Smokers who visit a clinician for lung cancer screening should also be encouraged to quit smoking at that visit. Evidence-based behavioral strategies should be used, at each visit, to motivate smokers to quit.

To What End? Helping Patients and Families Face a Juncture in the Cancer Care Continuum

To What End? Helping Patients and Families Face a Juncture in the Cancer Care Continuum

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Are the difficult questions easier to answer when the patient still has treatment options available? Ann Brady talks about helping patients and families navigate the changes in disease and care.

Family-focused Therapy Improves Grieving and Coping in Families at High Risk for Dysfunction

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Severity of complicated grief and risk of prolonged grief disorder are reduced in high-risk families that receive family-focused therapy during palliative care and into bereavement.

Telephone Follow-Up Effective for Stage I Endometrial Cancer

Telephone Follow-Up Effective for Stage I Endometrial Cancer

Nurse-based telephone follow-up was as effective as traditional hospital based follow-up for for stage I endometrial cancer.

The Role of Physical Therapy in the Continuum of Cancer Care

The Role of Physical Therapy in the Continuum of Cancer Care

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Oncology rehabilitation is cost-effective; it lowers both direct and indirect health care costs and improves physical and psychological quality of life for patients with cancer.

Cancer Care and Fertility Info Improves Patient Satisfaction

Cancer Care and Fertility Info Improves Patient Satisfaction

Almost all males and females who received and read the fertility information materials found them helpful.

Advice for Patients With CML Traveling While On Oral Chemotherapy

Advice for Patients With CML Traveling While On Oral Chemotherapy

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As summer approaches, many patients with CML who are taking oral chemotherapy drugs have questions about taking their drugs while traveling. What advice can we give them regarding this?

Social Media Has Unrealized Potential for Clinical Trial Communication and Recruitment

Social Media Has Unrealized Potential for Clinical Trial Communication and Recruitment

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The social media platform Twitter could develop into a useful tool for communicating with the public about cancer clinical trials and for recruiting participants.

Preexisting Financial Stress Increases Symptom Burden and Lowers Quality of Life for Patients With Cancer

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Patients with cancer who have limited financial reserves are more likely to have a higher burden of symptoms and a lower quality of life.

Coloring as a Relaxation Tool

Coloring as a Relaxation Tool

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The simple childhood pleasure of a coloring book and crayons—or colored pencils, as in this case—provide the foundation of a unique support group for patients with cancer and their families.

Most Patients With Locally Advanced Head and Neck Cancer Use Life-altering Strategies to Cope With Treatment Costs

Most Patients With Locally Advanced Head and Neck Cancer Use Life-altering Strategies to Cope With Treatment Costs

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Cost-coping strategies that alter lifestyle are used by most patients with LAHNC. In addition, perceived social isolation, or lack of social support coupled with increased loneliness, was identified as a risk factor for suboptimal medication adherence and health care utilization during treatment.

Young Adults With Cancer Are Prone to Experience Severe Financial Toxicity

Young Adults With Cancer Are Prone to Experience Severe Financial Toxicity

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Immense financial challenges confront young adults with cancer. As a result of medical bills and the loss of savings, these patients may forgo recommended medications and/or follow-up appointments.

Survivorship Information Is Scarce for Longer-term Survivors of Cancer

Survivorship Information Is Scarce for Longer-term Survivors of Cancer

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Unmet health information needs, even nearly a decade after a cancer diagnosis, were a key finding of a study of the needs of cancer survivors who are at least 9 years beyond an initial diagnosis.

Families of Patients With Cancer Seek Information More Than Support on Internet

Families of Patients With Cancer Seek Information More Than Support on Internet

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Families of patients with cancer are more likely to seek information online than support.

Risk Factors of Suicidal Ideation in Patients With Brain Tumors

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A past history of psychiatric disorders has been linked to suicidal ideation in patients with brain tumors.

Understanding Participation Factors Related to Web- and Phone-based Tobacco Cessation Programs

Understanding Participation Factors Related to Web- and Phone-based Tobacco Cessation Programs

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A recent study examined factors that impact patient preferences for web- and phone-based tobacco cessation programs.

Telemedicine of Benefit to Intensive Care Nurses

Telemedicine of Benefit to Intensive Care Nurses

Use of telemedicine allows nurses to accomplish tasks more quickly, increases both collaboration and communication.

Connecting With One's Spiritual Identity in the Face of a Cancer Diagnosis

Connecting With One's Spiritual Identity in the Face of a Cancer Diagnosis

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Attending to a patient's spiritual needs is an important aspect of oncology care, but this can also be a challenging topic to broach. This guide helps nurses chart a course for this essential conversation.

Pain Management: Listen to and Learn From Your Patient

Pain Management: Listen to and Learn From Your Patient

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Providing your patient with the opportunity to tell his or her story helps to ensure that the goals of treatment are defined and met.

Telephone Counseling Beneficial for Breast Cancer Survivors

Telephone Counseling Beneficial for Breast Cancer Survivors

Telephone counseling is similarly effective to in-person counseling for overweight breast cancer survivors.

Surviving Cancer Does Not Encourage Healthier Diets In Patients

Surviving Cancer Does Not Encourage Healthier Diets In Patients

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Dietary habits have a profound impact on cancer survivorship. A recent study found that unfortunately many survivors do not adhere to healthy dietary guidelines, and those who smoke are even less likely to follow the guidelines.

CDC: Not Enough Male Adolescents Receiving HPV Vaccine

CDC: Not Enough Male Adolescents Receiving HPV Vaccine

Physicians failing to recommend it or adequately explain its benefits to parents could be a factor.

Patients With Lower Income Less Likely to Participate in Clinical Trials

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Patients with newly diagnosed cancer were less likely to participate in clinical trials if their annual household income was less than $50,000.

Many Doctors Not Consistent With HPV Vaccine Recommendations

Many Doctors Not Consistent With HPV Vaccine Recommendations

A sizable minority of doctors does not strongly endorse HPV vaccination nor deliver timely recommendations.

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