Patient Counseling & Support

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.

Navigation Program Tackles Cancer Care on Two Fronts

Navigation Program Tackles Cancer Care on Two Fronts

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In a novel 2-year fellowship, senior college students serve as lay-navigators then continue on to work solutions to the challenges facing cancer patients.

Understanding the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Patient: Tips and Tools for Health Care Professionals

Understanding the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Patient: Tips and Tools for Health Care Professionals

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Although treatment options are different and recurrence rates higher for triple negative breast cancer, patients with this subtype of the disease can be hopeful for good treatment outcomes.

Many Lung and Colorectal Cancer Patients Believe Surgery to Be Curative

Many Lung and Colorectal Cancer Patients Believe Surgery to Be Curative

Findings even among patients with stage IV lung, colorectal cancer show the belief that surgery is curative.

Training for Patients with Melanoma and Their Partners on Skin Examinations

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Skin self-examination (SSE) training to aid early detection of melanoma recurrence is beneficial for patients with melanoma and their partners, and has additional benefits for those who report having low relationship quality because it gives them activities to do together.

USPSTF suggests doctors talk to patients about tobacco use

USPSTF suggests doctors talk to patients about tobacco use

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) urges PCPs to offer interventions to help adults, including pregnant women, stop smoking.

Social factors may impact survival among young patients with leukemia

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A new study reveals that insurance status, marital status, and county-level income may affect survival for younger patients with AML, indicating that efforts are needed to address social factors that impact critical aspects of health.

Health literacy and older adults: Strategies for integration

Health literacy and older adults: Strategies for integration

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Age-related decline in older patients further complicates their ability to maintain an adequate health literacy level. This discussion presents key points to help nurses improve the health literacy of their older patients.

ACP supportive of expanded role for telemedicine

ACP supportive of expanded role for telemedicine

The American College of Physicians (ACP) Health and Public Policy Committee Responsible takes the position that telemedicine can be beneficial when a physician-patient relationship has been established.

Counseling cancer survivors on family building options

Counseling cancer survivors on family building options

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A leading cancer institute developed an online course that teaches oncology nurses about cancer survivors' fertility options and prospects for adoption.

Clinicians are rallied to view emotional harm as the new 'human' error in health care

Clinicians are rallied to view emotional harm as the new 'human' error in health care

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Following the call to arms of the Institute of Medicine's landmark report on the impact of medical errors, a multidisciplinary team of health care providers turn the focus toward emotional harms to patients.

Supporting the cancer patient's long-distance caregiver

Supporting the cancer patient's long-distance caregiver

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Providing care for a loved one with cancer is even more difficult for long-distance caregivers. In this column, an oncology social worker offers tips on helping caregivers overcome these challenges.

Many young cancer patients may have limited awareness of fertility preservation options

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A new study points to the need for increased awareness of fertility preservation options for young patients with cancer.

Understanding the stress of Latina cancer patients

Understanding the stress of Latina cancer patients

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Cultural differences in the Latino community result in unique stressors for these patients after a cancer diagnosis. This study identified some of those stressors.

Universal health literacy precautions recommended to assist patient understanding

Universal health literacy precautions recommended to assist patient understanding

Universal health literacy precautions should be used to provide understandable information for all patients.

Developing as a navigator: From novice to expert

Developing as a navigator: From novice to expert

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Navigation, much like a nurse's career, evolves from a novice role that follows a set guideline for tasks to an integral part of the continuum of cancer care.

Growing up with cancer: Understanding the challenges to adolescents and young adults (AYAs) coping with cancer

Growing up with cancer: Understanding the challenges to adolescents and young adults (AYAs) coping with cancer

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DENVER, CO—The emotional trajectory of the cancer experience compounds the emotional pendulum adolescents and young adults (AYAs) are already experiencing as their cognition, hormones, and emotions mature. Delivery of high-quality cancer care for these patients requires understanding the behavior, social, and environmental context of their lives, according to a presentation at the 2015 Oncology Nurse Advisor Navigation Summit.

Navigators have a key role in using genetics and genomics for cancer risk identification

Navigators have a key role in using genetics and genomics for cancer risk identification

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DENVER, CO—The nurse navigator's role in cancer risk identification is three-fold. Despite the changes brought on by genetic/genomics, aspects of the nursing role are consistent with the essential competencies required of all professional nurses, according to a presentation at the 2015 Oncology Nurse Advisor Navigation Summit.

Pilot program coordinates palliative care and support for rural communities

Pilot program coordinates palliative care and support for rural communities

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Effective patient-centered palliative care is contingent on access to supportive care, which may be lacking in rural areas. In this pilot program, researchers demonstrated a model that bridges that gap.

Lifestyle intervention trial produces posttreatment weight loss in patients with breast cancer

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The presence of extra body fat causes increased risk of diabetes and heart disease, and also increases the chances for breast cancer recurrence.

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