Patient Counseling & Support

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.

Managing Pain in the Crosshairs of an Opioid Crisis and HCAHPS-related Demands

Managing Pain in the Crosshairs of an Opioid Crisis and HCAHPS-related Demands

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Patient expectations, clinician perception, and institutional objectives create a perfect storm of conflicting interests regarding pain management, especially given the current trend to control opioid use.

Survivorship Care Plans Specific to Head and Neck Cancers Enable Transition to Posttreatment Care

Survivorship Care Plans Specific to Head and Neck Cancers Enable Transition to Posttreatment Care

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Disease-specific survivorship care plans (SCPs) for head and neck cancer support a successful transition to a healthy lifestyle after curative intent therapy of larynx and oral cavity/pharynx cancer.

Improving Patient Satisfaction With Pain Management in Multidisciplinary Radiation Oncology Setting

Improving Patient Satisfaction With Pain Management in Multidisciplinary Radiation Oncology Setting

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Nurse-led project at an urban outpatient radiation oncology center not only achieved improved patient satisfaction regarding pain management.

Putting a Name on the Impact of Cancer Treatment Costs

Putting a Name on the Impact of Cancer Treatment Costs

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I hear the term "financial toxicity" used more and more when people are discussing the cost of cancer treatments. What exactly is financial toxicity?

Distress Management Tool Gets an Update, Patient Version

Distress Management Tool Gets an Update, Patient Version

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A review of the updated NCCN Guidelines is presented with a look at the newly published Guideline for Patients.

Beans, Whole Grains in Diet Beneficial for Colorectal Cancer Survivors

Beans, Whole Grains in Diet Beneficial for Colorectal Cancer Survivors

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Including beans and whole grains such as rice in the diet is associated with a reduced burden of CRC in survivors.

Tissue Biobank Procurement Consent Should Include Discussion of Confidentiality Risks

Tissue Biobank Procurement Consent Should Include Discussion of Confidentiality Risks

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Results from a small survey suggest a need to include risk of confidentiality breach in consent discussions.

Including Informal Caregivers of Elderly in Discharge Process Reduces Readmission Risk

Including Informal Caregivers of Elderly in Discharge Process Reduces Readmission Risk

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A meta-analysis of elderly patient discharge practices found that including informal caregivers in discharge planning reduces risks of readmission.

Physical Activity Improves Outcomes for Patients with Breast Cancer and Survivors

Physical Activity Improves Outcomes for Patients with Breast Cancer and Survivors

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Physical activity is proven to improve both physical and mental effects of cancer diagnosis and treatment, even if the activity needs to be modified to fit the patient's current abilities.

Disparities Growing in Prescreening Discussions About Prostate-Specific Antigen Testing

Disparities Growing in Prescreening Discussions About Prostate-Specific Antigen Testing

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Conversations about benefits and drawbacks of PSA testing improved after the USPSTF updated its recommendations on PSA testing; however, some disparities in quality of these discussions increased.

A Navigator's Take: Developing Cancer Screening Programs in Your Community

A Navigator's Take: Developing Cancer Screening Programs in Your Community

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A review of the importance of cancer screening programs and the important role of the oncology nurse navigator/care coordinator in developing them.

Nurses Promote Community Health Through Formal and Informal Work

Nurses Promote Community Health Through Formal and Informal Work

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A workforce survey revealed that nearly all nurses are involved in volunteer work that enhance community health, with most choosing activities not related to their jobs.

Characteristics of Clinical Trials and Barriers to Patient Enrollment Identified

Characteristics of Clinical Trials and Barriers to Patient Enrollment Identified

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Study identifies characteristics of clinical trials and barriers to patient accrual.

Nurse-Calling Program Improves Retention Rates From First Treatment Visit

Nurse-Calling Program Improves Retention Rates From First Treatment Visit

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Patients who speak to an oncology nurse prior to their first appointment are significantly more likely to be retained for their treatment.

Report Suggests Clinicians Should Advise Patients on Exercise

Report Suggests Clinicians Should Advise Patients on Exercise

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The researchers concluded that physical activity should be routinely assessed and that clinicians should collaborate with their patients to design a physical activity plan.

Addressing Numeracy Levels in Patients With Cancer

Addressing Numeracy Levels in Patients With Cancer

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Numeracy is the ability to understand and use numbers and researchers have found that there are better ways to present numeric information about health risks and benefits so that all patients can take part in shared decision-making.

VBPWPs Can Compliment Patient Management in Clinical Trials

VBPWPs Can Compliment Patient Management in Clinical Trials

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Video Based Personal Webpages (VBPWP) Can Be Used as a Compliment to Clinical Trial Patient Management

Patients With Urologic Cancer Need Psycho-oncologic Support to Manage High Stress

Patients With Urologic Cancer Need Psycho-oncologic Support to Manage High Stress

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Patients with urologic cancer should be offered psycho-oncologic support to manage effects of emotional stressors.

Volunteer Programs Designed to Support Cancer Patients at the Very End of Life

Volunteer Programs Designed to Support Cancer Patients at the Very End of Life

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NODA and V3 are volunteer programs that provide a compassionate presence for patients who are alone in their final hours.

Culturally Appropriate Cancer Patient Navigator Pilot Program Helps American Indians/Alaska Natives Secure Diagnoses, Care

Culturally Appropriate Cancer Patient Navigator Pilot Program Helps American Indians/Alaska Natives Secure Diagnoses, Care

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American Indians/Alaska Natives may face barriers to cancer diagnosis and care that can be overcome via cultural navigation services.

Focus on Treatment Options Diminishes Patients' Understanding of Poor Prognosis

Focus on Treatment Options Diminishes Patients' Understanding of Poor Prognosis

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The simple question: "Would you like to talk about what this means?" can lead to more thorough discussions about scan results and prognoses, better preparing patients to make informed treatment decisions.

Therapeutic Writing in Group Work For Patients With Cancer

Therapeutic Writing in Group Work For Patients With Cancer

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Journaling can offer patients with cancer a safe space to express and process emotions without fear of judgment or risk of burdening loved ones.

A Call for Greater Scrutiny of Industry-sponsored Patient Advocacy Groups

A Call for Greater Scrutiny of Industry-sponsored Patient Advocacy Groups

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Questions over potential bias in the activities of industry-supported patient advocacy groups spark the call for closer review and transparency.

Lay Navigation Associated With Lower Medicare Costs, Health Care Use

Lay Navigation Associated With Lower Medicare Costs, Health Care Use

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The Patient Care Connect Program lowers Medicare costs and provides other benefits, research indicates.

Technology Issues, Price Are Obstacles to Real-time Reporting of Cancer Symptoms

Technology Issues, Price Are Obstacles to Real-time Reporting of Cancer Symptoms

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Real-time reporting and integration of patient symptom reports into clinical practice could benefit patients, but practical obstacles remain.

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