Patient Counseling & Support
Use of therapy dogs could help encourage cancer patients to continue treatment and provide emotional comfort.
The first clinical study documenting the benefits of animal-assisted therapy in adult cancer patients has yielded evidence that therapy dogs are indeed beneficial for some cancer patients.
How men perceive their role within their family dynamic or social circles may impact how they respond to a cancer diagnosis. Often they retreat or shut down, further challenging the efforts of their oncology care providers and loved ones to help them cope.
Many U.S. survivors have unresolved physical, mental health issues long after cancer treatment ends.
Using war metaphors when speaking with cancer patients about their health struggles or motivation may not be the best approach, research suggests.
The author learned to fully appreciate the significance of inflection and tone, hallmarks of spoken communication, when she faced a new challenge: counseling a deaf patient and his wife, who also is deaf.
Many physicians cite a lack of knowledge as a primary reason for not discussing supplements, survey finds.
Researchers in Germany interviewed more than 2,000 patients with cancer to gather epidemiologic data on mental health of patients with cancer.
A new digital program using a Web site and social media aims to meet the unique support needs of women younger than 40 years with breast cancer.
Are there tips nurses can share with patients on avoiding oral therapy-related side effects associated with drugs such as everolimus?
Effective weight management can enhance cancer treatment, improve patient outcomes, and reduce incidence of recurrence and mortality. As with encouraging smoking cessation, oncologists should talk to patients about achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
Patients may need help talking about their cancer diagnosis with their families, especially their children. The Pillow Talk Care package is an at-home activity kit that helps facilitate this difficult discussion.
Telephone counseling after genetic testing was found just as effective as in-person counseling in many respects, according to new study.
Participants in prosocial versus standard group have higher level of depression, anxiety after intervention.
Psychosocial decline occurs in an estimated one-third of patients undergoing radiotherapy for cancer. These declines may sometimes be ameliorated by vigilant recognition of the need to refer patients for psychosocial support interventions.
Reduction in distress, unmet information needs with telephone-based, peer-support program
A video-based educational tool increased comprehension of prostate health terms in patients with a mean literacy level of 7th grade or higher.
Active smokers more knowledgeable than former smokers or nonsmokers, and often cite urologist as source of information.
What is the rationale for why a patient on bortezomib (Velcade) therapy should avoid green tea?
Patients diagnosed with breast cancer, head and neck cancer, and malignant melanoma are particularly at risk for disorders such as anxiety or depression.
Oncology Nurse Advisor talks to Peter Goldbach, MD, chief medical officer of Health Dialog, about encouraging men to be more informed participants in their health care decisions.
Frank dela Rama, a new member of the Oncology Nurse Advisor editorial board, talks about helping men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer learn about and prepare to cope with their disease.
Animal assisted interventions such as visits from therapy dogs and patients' pets are proven to improve patient outcomes.
As consumers take on more costs of care, access to data for informed decisions is deemed crucial.
Women overdue for mammogram respond better to postcard plus reminder letter from family physician.
A novel study examines perceptions of the role of the hospital chaplain. What do they do? When should they be called in?
Counseling from a health care professional trained in genetics before genetic testing takes place may improve the quality of health care.
The transition to a primary care provider after completing cancer treatment should begin with a plan that documents treatments and follow-up care.
Writing down fears, emotions, and the benefits of a cancer diagnosis may improve health outcomes for Asian American survivors of breast cancer, according to a new study. The research investigated methods of reducing the psychological burden among minority patients, particularly among breast cancer survivors.
A novel program helps patients with cancer eat better by helping them grow their own fruits and vegetables.
- Psychological Stress and Cancer (Fact Sheet)
- Colorectal cancer incidence is increasing among young adults
- Study examines vaccine therapy in prostate cancer with rising prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels
- Nutrition education may help prevent breast cancer recurrence
- Higher vitamin D levels associated with markedly improved survival in advanced colorectal cancer
- Oncology patient navigation: Bringing this crucial role to the forefront
- Radiation plus hormone therapy prolongs survival for older men with prostate cancer
- Mistletoe: The holiday plant is making headlines as an alternative cancer treatment
- Using genomic correlates of radiotoxicity to predict patient outcomes
- Therapy dogs may encourage cancer patient to persevere with treatment
- Effectiveness of nanoparticle drugs was hindered by tumor microenvironment in triple-negative breast cancer
- Cancer diagnoses diminishes adherence to diabetes medications
- Consideration of comorbidity in cancer treatment decision-making in multidisciplinary team meetings
- Moderate lifetime marijuana smoking not associated with lung function decline
- E-cigarettes declared a health threat by California health officials
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