Patient Counseling & Support

More awareness of sexual dysfunction in lung cancer patients is needed

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Many lung cancer patients experience difficulties with sexual expression and intimacy, a topic that has long been ignored by doctors and researchers.

Nurses' choices

Nurses' choices

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The author prided herself on her professional nursing skills. But a trip to the other side of the nurse-patient relationship changed how she provides care.

Conflicts in spirituality: Why me versus why not me

Conflicts in spirituality: Why me versus why not me

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Understanding how patients' use their spiritual beliefs can help you determine which patients may be more likely to develop depressive symptoms.

Nail care tips for patients undergoing chemotherapy

Nail care tips for patients undergoing chemotherapy

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Are there any evidence-based practices for managing changes to nails during chemotherapy?

Navigator Notes: Distress screening and support

Navigator Notes: Distress screening and support

As patients and oncology care teams strive to keep up with complex treatment plans, symptoms of distress in the patient may be missed. Distress screening tools can help nurse navigators identify which patients may need a referral for psychosocial support.

A 40-foot colon and 10 years of Colondars celebrate cancer awareness

A 40-foot colon and 10 years of Colondars celebrate cancer awareness

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An organization dedicated to increasing awareness of colon cancer achieves its goal by creating unique educational experiences for clinicians and patients.

Double mastectomy halves death risk for women with BRCA-related breast cancer

Double mastectomy halves death risk for women with BRCA-related breast cancer

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Women with BRCA-related breast cancer who have a double mastectomy are nearly 50% less likely to die of breast cancer within 20 years of diagnosis compared with women who have a single mastectomy.

Disclosing a diagnosis to children: Tell or not tell?

Disclosing a diagnosis to children: Tell or not tell?

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A significant part of counseling patients with cancer is offering guidance on when and how to tell their children about their diagnosis.

Telephone genetic counseling as effective as in-person counseling

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Genetic counseling delivered over the telephone is as effective as face-to-face counseling, finds the largest randomized study to date.

First- and second-generation family cancer history essential

First- and second-generation family cancer history essential

Researchers note that a minimum adequate family history should include a history of cancer in first- and second-degree relatives.

The waiting game

The waiting game

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Some patients seem to circumnavigate their way to an answer to your questions. Ann Brady explains why you should WAIT it out instead of pushing the patient toward a quick answer.

Web-based tool reduces cancer symptom distress

Web-based tool reduces cancer symptom distress

The intervention reduces Symptom Distress Scale-15; benefit strongest for those over 50 years of age.

Palliative care clinicians explain 10 points about the value of palliative care

Palliative care clinicians explain 10 points about the value of palliative care

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Both patients and clinicians often confuse palliative care and hospice care. Palliative care clinicians offer 10 points to help explain the purpose of the former.

Nurse navigator intervention beneficial for early cancer care

Nurse navigator intervention beneficial for early cancer care

For patients with early cancer, a nurse navigator intervention can improve patient experience and reduce problems with care, according to a study published online Nov. 25 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

What I did not say: Patient communication challenges

What I did not say: Patient communication challenges

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How patients' fears manifest in communications can frustrate nurses. The best response may be a simple question that allows the person to voice their concerns.

Creating effective navigation tools for patients

Creating effective navigation tools for patients

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What are the characteristics of successful navigation tools for patients?

Integrating CAM therapies into oncology care

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This primer on complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies can help you talk to patients about nontraditional medicine.

Online support groups: A psychosocial network

Online support groups: A psychosocial network

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Online cancer support groups and programs offer patients a chance to connect with people who understand their journey.

Patient assistance programs of value for women with breast cancer

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Patient assistance programs can help breast cancer patients meet a variety of needs. When these needs are unmet, they can interfere with getting recommended adjuvant therapies such as radiation, chemotherapy, and hormonal treatments.

Building a bridge between oncology and physical therapy

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Cancer-specific physical therapy can provide closure to cancer treatment and offers patients a link to their pretreatment physical baseline.

Addressing the psychological impact of BRCA testing

Addressing the psychological impact of BRCA testing

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A genetic predisposition to cancer is not the same as having cancer. Support for patients with the BRCA gene mutation should meet these unique needs.

Health literacy: A missing piece of the puzzle in cancer care

Health literacy: A missing piece of the puzzle in cancer care

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Measuring how much of your instructions your patients understand can be a very difficult task. Nurses need to look for the signs of low literacy level.

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.

Handling of GYN cancer diagnosis disclosure important

Handling of GYN cancer diagnosis disclosure important

Physician communication, environmental, and patient-centered factors can improve patient satisfaction.

Breast density laws addressed by experts

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A website has been developed to help navigate the new challenges posed by breast-density notification laws, according to a recent special report.

Phone calls improve health behaviors in colorectal cancer survivors

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A telephone-delivered program, CanChange, helped survivors of colorectal cancer be more physically active, maintain their body weight, and have a healthier diet, according to a new study.

How to have a comfortable discussion on sexuality

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Do you squirm when patients ask about the affects of cancer on their sexuality? A therapist explains how to talk with cancer patients about sexuality.

Survivorship care planning

Survivorship care planning

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Do nurses participate in survivorship care planning?

ONS engages distress screening

ONS engages distress screening

The Oncology Nursing Society has released a joint position statement on key issues surrounding the implementation of screening programs for psychosocial distress in cancer centers.

Terminology for DCIS influences patient choices

Terminology for DCIS influences patient choices

Patients more likely to choose nonsurgical option when DCIS is described as breast lesion or abnormal cells.

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