Patient Counseling & Support

Unique goals for research and treatment of breast cancer in younger women are needed

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Breast cancer that occurs in younger women is likely to be more aggressive and to require more intensive therapies, with increased risk of long-term side effects.

Coping with the loss of fertility after cancer

Coping with the loss of fertility after cancer

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The inability to have children as a result of cancer treatment can be a significant loss for patients and their caregivers. These tips can help nurses guide patients as they learn to cope.

Confirmation bias: Managing patient denial and disbelief

Confirmation bias: Managing patient denial and disbelief

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If it sounds like denial, it is denial. Right? This patient's preconceived notion of what lung cancer should be appeared to hinder her accepting her diagnosis. But she agreed to treatment, so is it still denial?

Previvorship: Managing Cancer Risk Decisions in Unaffected BRCA-positive Women

Previvorship: Managing Cancer Risk Decisions in Unaffected BRCA-positive Women

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Four major themes characterize the experience of cancer risk management for women who are positive for BRCA genetic mutations.

New Instrument Assesses Caregiver Knowledge of Cancer Treatment Symptoms

New Instrument Assesses Caregiver Knowledge of Cancer Treatment Symptoms

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Nursing Assessment of Family Caregiver Knowledge and Action Tool (NAFCKAT) may aid caregivers who need additional support.

Comprehensive Preservation Program Maximizes Fertility Opportunities in Cancer Patients

Comprehensive Preservation Program Maximizes Fertility Opportunities in Cancer Patients

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Comprehensive program is addressing the nationally identified lack of discussion about the infertility risks of chemotherapy.

Are decisions on treatment choices for prostate cancer shared by doctor and patient?

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Truly shared decision-making is possible only when the patient understands everything the treatment options entail, and the doctor understands the patient's personal situation and desires.

Strategies improve colorectal screening rates in low-income and minority populations

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A recent study examined why individuals do not always follow through with colorectal cancer screening.

Breast cancer patients want, but may not get, genetic risk discussion

Breast cancer patients want, but may not get, genetic risk discussion

Although many patients with breast cancer are concerned about genetic risk for other cancer types, almost half don't have conversation with doctor about potential for future problems.

Text message reminders boost breast cancer screening attendance

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A text reminder can help increase breast cancer screening attendance, study data shows.

Mobile health app use on the increase

Mobile health app use on the increase

More than one-third of doctors recommended mobile health apps to their patients in past year.

Unique challenges confront patients with lung cancer

Unique challenges confront patients with lung cancer

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The stigma of smoking as a cause of cancer can add to a patient's difficulty in coping with lung cancer, even for patients who never smoked cigarettes.

Smoking cessation: Helping patients with cancer quit

Smoking cessation: Helping patients with cancer quit

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The NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology for Smoking Cessation can help you plan a successful quit program for your patients who smoke.

Patients expect more information regarding radiation-related tests

Patients expect more information regarding radiation-related tests

A gap exists between patient expectations and current practices for provision of information about radiation use.

Counseling cancer patients on effective nutritional practices

Counseling cancer patients on effective nutritional practices

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Patients with GI cancer may struggle to maintain nutritional status; therefore, nurses should be ready to step in with information and interventions.

Disparities in adherence to breast cancer care linked to net worth

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Household net worth can be linked to adherence to hormonal therapy among breast cancer patients and partially explains racial disparities in quality of care.

Cervical cancer survivors benefit from psychosocial phone counseling

Cervical cancer survivors benefit from psychosocial phone counseling

A psychosocial telephone counseling (PTC) intervention for cervical cancer survivors can yield improvements in depression and lasting improvement in gynecologic and cancer-specific concerns.

Psychosocial challenges of pregnancy-associated breast cancer (PABC)

Psychosocial challenges of pregnancy-associated breast cancer (PABC)

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Breast cancer during pregnancy presents additional psychosocial challenges as patients cope with a devastating diagnosis during a time of hope and promise for the future.

Research examines patient perception of clinician compassion

Research examines patient perception of clinician compassion

Patients perceive higher level of compassion among physicians who provide a more optimistic message, research shows.

Screening for psychosocial distress: A review

Screening for psychosocial distress: A review

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Distress screening at pivotal points in care helps nurses identify which patients need additional support as they cope with their disease and treatments.

Study identifies signs suggesting impending death in patients with advanced cancer

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A new study has uncovered a number of specific physical signs that signal an impending death from cancer.

Hair dye use during chemotherapy

Hair dye use during chemotherapy

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Is it safe to use hair dyes concurrently with chemotherapy?

Patient treatment: The constancy of vulnerability

Patient treatment: The constancy of vulnerability

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Transitions from one stage of cancer care to another are pivotal points of vulnerability for patients. The most significant point comes at the end of treatment, as patients face life forever changed.

Patient engagement initiatives can benefit outcomes and lower costs

Patient engagement initiatives can benefit outcomes and lower costs

Initiatives can decrease hospital visits, cut morbidity and mortality, and up treatment adherence.

Cancer diagnosis impacts patient adherence to diabetes meds

Cancer diagnosis impacts patient adherence to diabetes meds

When diagnosed with cancer, individuals with diabetes are less likely to take their diabetes medication, especially in cases of a poor cancer prognosis.

Many breast cancer patients lack basic knowledge about their disease

Many breast cancer patients lack basic knowledge about their disease

Many women with breast cancer lack basic knowledge about their disease, and the problem is more pronounced among minority women.

Therapy dogs may encourage cancer patient to persevere with treatment

Therapy dogs may encourage cancer patient to persevere with treatment

Use of therapy dogs could help encourage cancer patients to continue treatment and provide emotional comfort.

Animal-assisted therapy benefits adult cancer patients

Animal-assisted therapy benefits adult cancer patients

The first clinical study documenting the benefits of animal-assisted therapy in adult cancer patients has yielded evidence that therapy dogs are indeed beneficial for some cancer patients.

Understanding the male patient with cancer

Understanding the male patient with cancer

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How men perceive their role within their family dynamic or social circles may impact how they respond to a cancer diagnosis. Often they retreat or shut down, further challenging the efforts of their oncology care providers and loved ones to help them cope.

Providers urged to address post-cancer concerns

Providers urged to address post-cancer concerns

Many U.S. survivors have unresolved physical, mental health issues long after cancer treatment ends.

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