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.
A significant part of counseling patients with cancer is offering guidance on when and how to tell their children about their diagnosis.
Genetic counseling delivered over the telephone is as effective as face-to-face counseling, finds the largest randomized study to date.
Researchers note that a minimum adequate family history should include a history of cancer in first- and second-degree relatives.
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.
The intervention reduces Symptom Distress Scale-15; benefit strongest for those over 50 years of age.
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.
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.
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.
What are the characteristics of successful navigation tools for patients?
This primer on complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies can help you talk to patients about nontraditional medicine.
Online cancer support groups and programs offer patients a chance to connect with people who understand their journey.
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.
Cancer-specific physical therapy can provide closure to cancer treatment and offers patients a link to their pretreatment physical baseline.
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.
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.
Novel program provides patients with a computer tablet preloaded with app and links to information, data, and providers specific to their care.
Physician communication, environmental, and patient-centered factors can improve patient satisfaction.
A website has been developed to help navigate the new challenges posed by breast-density notification laws, according to a recent special report.
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.
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.
Do nurses participate in survivorship care planning?
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.
Patients more likely to choose nonsurgical option when DCIS is described as breast lesion or abnormal cells.
Patients' questions and concerns about their cancer future and their life after treatment can cause a "pile-up effect" that overwhelms them.
Despite taking a tailored risk assessment that factored in family history and personal habits, nearly 20% of women did not believe their breast cancer risk, according to a new study.
Have you ever recognized your own behavior in a caregiver's actions? What do you do to apply professional lessons from personal experiences?
Clinicians must be able to identify persons who are at high risk for dying and who need to determine their goals of care, according to a review that provides structured guidance, specific advice, and practical tools for health care providers.
Take-home booklet promotes patient involvement in treatment decisions and reduces decision regret relating to surgery.
Clinicians and even patients themselves tend to undervalue the need for help with nonclinical concerns.
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