Patient Counseling & Support

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.

Intervention Reduces Fear of Recurrence for Breast Cancer Survivors

Intervention Reduces Fear of Recurrence for Breast Cancer Survivors

The Attention and Interpretation Modification for Fear of Breast Cancer Recurrence (AIM-FBCR) intervention helped reduce health worries for survivors of breast cancer.

When Noncompliance With Cancer Treatment Isn't Really Noncompliance

When Noncompliance With Cancer Treatment Isn't Really Noncompliance

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The patient seemed to demonstrate typical noncompliance behaviors. Until one day her appearance suggested another explanation, prompting an investigation that revealed a surprising cause.

Lung Cancer Navigator App Aims to Help Patients Understand Disease

Lung Cancer Navigator App Aims to Help Patients Understand Disease

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Lung Cancer Navigator, a mobile, customizable app from LUNGEVITY, helps patients with lung cancer better understand their disease, manage medications, track symptoms, and access support.

Direct-to-Consumer Cancer Risk Tests Prompt Few Changes in Exercise, Diet, Cancer Screening

Direct-to-Consumer Cancer Risk Tests Prompt Few Changes in Exercise, Diet, Cancer Screening

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The majority of consumers do not change their health-related behaviors in the wake of personal genomic test results.

Peer Navigation Program Helpful for Patients With Hereditary Cancers

Peer Navigation Program Helpful for Patients With Hereditary Cancers

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Participants in a peer navigation program for patients at risk for HBOC were surveyed regarding the usefulness of the information provided, patient education, and their peer navigator. Survey results were presented at the 2016 SABCS.

Latina Breast Cancer Survivors Experience Gaps in Survivorship Care

Latina Breast Cancer Survivors Experience Gaps in Survivorship Care

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A study using focus groups identifies barriers that impact the quality of survivorship care for Latina women with breast cancer.

Tips for Culturally Sensitive Communications With Hispanic Patients and Caregivers

Tips for Culturally Sensitive Communications With Hispanic Patients and Caregivers

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Culturally sensitive communications with Hispanic patients can help them understand their cancer diagnosis and treatment options.

How We Developed a New Protocol for Treatment of Urethral Carcinoma

How We Developed a New Protocol for Treatment of Urethral Carcinoma

Faced with a harsh treatment option, a patient with genitourinary cancer helps create a treatment plan that preserves his self-image.

Making End of Life Discussions Easier on Patients and Caregivers

Making End of Life Discussions Easier on Patients and Caregivers

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A new card game helps patients and caregivers broach the difficult subject of end-of-life wishes and prioritize what's most important in their planning.

An App for Intubated Cancer Patients: Giving Voice to the Voiceless

An App for Intubated Cancer Patients: Giving Voice to the Voiceless

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A nurse develops a tablet app that helps intubated patients communicate with their nurses, caregivers, and families.

Study Suggests More Men With Prostate Cancer Would Choose Active Surveillance if it Were Offered

Study Suggests More Men With Prostate Cancer Would Choose Active Surveillance if it Were Offered

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Researchers analyzed data from the NPCR of Sweden to determine whether more US men with prostate cancer would choose active surveillance if it were presented as a treatment option.

Educational Program Improves Opioid Use Safety, Storage, and Disposal

Educational Program Improves Opioid Use Safety, Storage, and Disposal

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This study assessed whether the implementation of a patient educational program would improve patterns in the use, storage, and disposal of opioids among cancer outpatients.

How Physical Changes From Breast Cancer Affect Self-Image: Considerations for Clinicians

How Physical Changes From Breast Cancer Affect Self-Image: Considerations for Clinicians

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Cancers that cause more readily noticeable physical changes can produce self-image challenges for patients. This discussion reviews what interventions can help validate patients' self-image concerns.

Doctor Assessment of Drug Importance Doesn't Affect Adherence

Doctor Assessment of Drug Importance Doesn't Affect Adherence

About 20 percent of drugs considered important by physicians were not taken correctly by patients.

Smartphone Apps Help Patients Reach Health and Fitness Goals

Smartphone Apps Help Patients Reach Health and Fitness Goals

Smartphones can motivate patients to stay on track with lifestyle changes.

Patients' and Caregivers' Misperceptions Continue to Stigmatize Palliative Care

Patients' and Caregivers' Misperceptions Continue to Stigmatize Palliative Care

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Oncology nurses face a difficult challenge in getting patients to consider palliative care because despite knowing that palliative care is comfort care, many patients and caregivers still equate it with end of life.

Dating Challenges Throughout the Cancer Journey

Dating Challenges Throughout the Cancer Journey

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The decision to resume or begin dating after a cancer diagnosis can be particularly stressful.

Social Media Platforms Assist Cancer Patients During Treatment Journey in Many Ways

Social Media Platforms Assist Cancer Patients During Treatment Journey in Many Ways

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Social media has become a mainstay of day-to-day life. For patients with cancer, it can be a lifeline to unprecedented support that is unique to their needs.

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