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Acupuncture May Improve Fatigue in Patients with Lung Cancer

Acupuncture May Improve Fatigue in Patients with Lung Cancer

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Acupuncture was found to improve cancer-related fatigue in patients with lung cancer in as little as 2 weeks, according to results of a double-blind randomized clinical study.

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.

Long Term Survivors of Prostate Cancer Express Treatment Decision Regret for Up to 15 Years

Long Term Survivors of Prostate Cancer Express Treatment Decision Regret for Up to 15 Years

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Study results show that patients with prostate cancer express treatment decision regret, with concerns regarding sexual function, bowel function, and PSA most commonly associated with regret.

Counseling Regarding Genetic Testing in Breast Cancer Lacking, Yet Many Still Undergo BLM

Counseling Regarding Genetic Testing in Breast Cancer Lacking, Yet Many Still Undergo BLM

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Many women with breast cancer with genetic VUS undergo testing and bilateral mastectomy (BLM) without ever receiving genetic counseling.

The Great Cancer Masquerade: When Grief Manifests as Anxiety, Control, Anger

The Great Cancer Masquerade: When Grief Manifests as Anxiety, Control, Anger

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Grief over a loved one's impending death may manifest as other emotions or difficult-to-manage behavior. This month's column describes how families may express their grief as anxiety about their loved one's care, an attempt to take control of the situation, or anger toward the clinicians involved in their loved one's care.

Teens and Young Adults with Cancer and Survivors Express Use of Digital Resources

Teens and Young Adults with Cancer and Survivors Express Use of Digital Resources

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Teenagers and young adults with cancer rated digital resources such as email, online information resources, and communication tools as critical to their lives. These patients would also utilize additional resources such as chat rooms and online counseling and support.

Survivorship Care Plans: Providing A Blueprint for Health Care After Cancer

Survivorship Care Plans: Providing A Blueprint for Health Care After Cancer

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Survivorship care plans can ensure that cancer survivors know their cancer and treatment history, and are equipped to maintain proper follow-up care.

Oral Therapies: Strategies to Ensure Adherence

Oral Therapies: Strategies to Ensure Adherence

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Oral therapy brings new challenges to oncology practices, because more responsibility of adherence is placed under patient and caregiver control.

Oral Cancer Medications: New Paradigm Brings New Challenges

Oral Cancer Medications: New Paradigm Brings New Challenges

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Nurse navigators are charged with finding the method that suits a patient best to ensure adherence to oral cancer therapy regimens and monitor for adverse effects.

Multifaceted Role of the Nurse Navigator Includes Palliative, Supportive Care

Multifaceted Role of the Nurse Navigator Includes Palliative, Supportive Care

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Nurse navigators have the education, experience, and skill set to provide patients with effective palliative care, and to provide the family with the support they need.

Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Nurse Navigation Survey

Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Nurse Navigation Survey

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A patient survey was designed to examine patient views of their initial breast cancer diagnosis process and care management.

Feasibility of a Lay Cancer Patient Navigation Program to Meet The Needs of Cancer Patients

Feasibility of a Lay Cancer Patient Navigation Program to Meet The Needs of Cancer Patients

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Lay cancer patient navigators can address barriers to care such as financial burden and psychosocial distress, and can help reduce disparities across the continuum of care.

Navigating Colorectal and Pancreatic Cancer Patients in a Multidisciplinary Cancer Center

Navigating Colorectal and Pancreatic Cancer Patients in a Multidisciplinary Cancer Center

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By identifying incidence, prevalence, and risk factors for colorectal and pancreatic cancer in our communities, nurse navigators can develop screening and prevention programs to better serve these populations.

Lay Navigation Program Improves Health Care, Health System Use, Costs for Older Cancer Survivors

Lay Navigation Program Improves Health Care, Health System Use, Costs for Older Cancer Survivors

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Survivorship care plan successfully improves the overall survivorship care of older cancer survivors using lay navigators.

Personalized Medicine and the Role of the Oncology Navigator

Personalized Medicine and the Role of the Oncology Navigator

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As molecular testing becomes the standard of care for many cancers, nurse navigators have an important role to play ensuring molecular testing of suitable patients, providing patient education, and managing of patient expectations.

Nurse-Led Psychological Intervention Beneficial in Breast Cancer

Nurse-Led Psychological Intervention Beneficial in Breast Cancer

Participants with high risk of depression reported lower mood disturbance, anxiety, depression following intervention.

Self-Reports on Adverse Effects From Younger Patients Are Reliable, Accurate

Self-Reports on Adverse Effects From Younger Patients Are Reliable, Accurate

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Children and adolescent patients with cancer are able to accurately report subjective adverse events (AEs) they experience during their cancer treatment, and they are willing to do so.

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.

Adherence to Geriatric Assessment-Based Recommendations Probed

Adherence to Geriatric Assessment-Based Recommendations Probed

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Older patients with cancer most frequently adhere to recommendations to see a dietitian for nutritional issues.

Interactive Tool Improves Breast Cancer Treatment Decision-Making

Interactive Tool Improves Breast Cancer Treatment Decision-Making

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A tool called iCanDecide prepares patients for making decision about treatment better than static online information, study finds.

Palliative Care Improves Coping in Patients With Incurable Cancers

Palliative Care Improves Coping in Patients With Incurable Cancers

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Active coping is associated with a better quality of life and a decrease in depression symptoms, study finds.

Mobile App May Improve Oral Chemotherapy Adherence

Mobile App May Improve Oral Chemotherapy Adherence

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Patients with adherence problems were more likely to take their pills compared with those who received standard care.

Brief Intervention Eases Distress in Patients With Advanced Cancer

Brief Intervention Eases Distress in Patients With Advanced Cancer

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Called CALM, the psychological intervention tries to help patients live with their disease rather than just prepare them for the end of life.

Cancer Recurrence Fear Reduced by Novel Psychological Intervention

Cancer Recurrence Fear Reduced by Novel Psychological Intervention

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'Conquer Fear' decreased fear among survivors of breast and colorectal cancer and melanoma compared with relaxation techniques.

Stem Cell Transplant Patients Benefit From Inpatient Palliative Care

Stem Cell Transplant Patients Benefit From Inpatient Palliative Care

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Palliative care added to transplant care improved relief from depression and PTSD symptoms following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

Education, Counseling on Caregiving Role for Spouses Improves Outcomes for Women With Breast Cancer

Education, Counseling on Caregiving Role for Spouses Improves Outcomes for Women With Breast Cancer

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An educational counseling intervention delivered by nurses directly to spouses of women with breast cancer improved marital communications and patients' appraisal of their spouse's interpersonal support.

Patients Often Prescribed Ineffectual Drugs in Last Months of Life

Patients Often Prescribed Ineffectual Drugs in Last Months of Life

Researchers find many still prescribed long-term disease-preventing medications

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.

Journaling Improves Adherence to Skin Self-Care During Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer

Journaling Improves Adherence to Skin Self-Care During Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer

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Weekly journaling with oncology nurse review ensures adherence to skin self-care in women undergoing radiation therapy for 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.

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