Patient Counseling & Support

Monitoring psychosocial function in radiotherapy

Monitoring psychosocial function in radiotherapy

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Psychosocial decline occurs in an estimated one-third of patients undergoing radiotherapy for cancer. These declines may sometimes be ameliorated by vigilant recognition of the need to refer patients for psychosocial support interventions.

Video-based tool informs patients about prostate health

Video-based tool informs patients about prostate health

A video-based educational tool increased comprehension of prostate health terms in patients with a mean literacy level of 7th grade or higher.

Urologists key to informing patients of tobacco-bladder cancer link

Urologists key to informing patients of tobacco-bladder cancer link

Active smokers more knowledgeable than former smokers or nonsmokers, and often cite urologist as source of information.

Polyphenols in green tea may interfere with this cancer therapy

Polyphenols in green tea may interfere with this cancer therapy

What is the rationale for why a patient on bortezomib (Velcade) therapy should avoid green tea?

Cancer diagnosis often adversely affects mental health

Cancer diagnosis often adversely affects mental health

Patients diagnosed with breast cancer, head and neck cancer, and malignant melanoma are particularly at risk for disorders such as anxiety or depression.

ONA Interview: Educating men about prostate cancer

ONA Interview: Educating men about prostate cancer

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Oncology Nurse Advisor talks to Peter Goldbach, MD, chief medical officer of Health Dialog, about encouraging men to be more informed participants in their health care decisions.

Facing prostate cancer—but not alone

Facing prostate cancer—but not alone

Frank dela Rama, a new member of the Oncology Nurse Advisor editorial board, talks about helping men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer learn about and prepare to cope with their disease.

Animal assisted therapy enhances cancer care

Animal assisted therapy enhances cancer care

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Animal assisted interventions such as visits from therapy dogs and patients' pets are proven to improve patient outcomes.

Market changes needed as patients take on greater care costs

Market changes needed as patients take on greater care costs

As consumers take on more costs of care, access to data for informed decisions is deemed crucial.

ASCO: Family doctors can improve mammogram return rates

ASCO: Family doctors can improve mammogram return rates

Women overdue for mammogram respond better to postcard plus reminder letter from family physician.

Navigating nonclinical patient care: A review of chaplaincy

Navigating nonclinical patient care: A review of chaplaincy

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A novel study examines perceptions of the role of the hospital chaplain. What do they do? When should they be called in?

Genetics training improves care and reduces unnecessary testing

Genetics training improves care and reduces unnecessary testing

Counseling from a health care professional trained in genetics before genetic testing takes place may improve the quality of health care.

Now what? Aiding patients in planning for cancer survival

Now what? Aiding patients in planning for cancer survival

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The transition to a primary care provider after completing cancer treatment should begin with a plan that documents treatments and follow-up care.

Expressive writing improves health outcomes for breast cancer survivors

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Writing down fears, emotions, and the benefits of a cancer diagnosis may improve health outcomes for Asian American survivors of breast cancer, according to a new study. The research investigated methods of reducing the psychological burden among minority patients, particularly among breast cancer survivors.

A novel way to get patients to eat their fruits and vegetables: Have them grow their own!

A novel way to get patients to eat their fruits and vegetables: Have them grow their own!

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A novel program helps patients with cancer eat better by helping them grow their own fruits and vegetables.

Breast cancer survivors benefit from writing about their experiences

Breast cancer survivors benefit from writing about their experiences

A new study demonstrated that writing about emotionally difficult events, such as a cancer diagnosis, might improve outcomes for some breast cancer survivors.

Tool Assesses Psychosocial Problems in Genetic Counseling

Tool Assesses Psychosocial Problems in Genetic Counseling

A questionnaire can help counselors address psychosocial issues in genetic counseling for cancer.

Gynecologists advised on the effects of specific cancer treatments

Gynecologists advised on the effects of specific cancer treatments

Cancer and its treatment may have an immediate or delayed impact on reproductive health.

Poor parent-provider communication seen in advanced pediatric cancer

Poor parent-provider communication seen in advanced pediatric cancer

For pediatric patients with advanced cancer, parent-provider concordance is poor regarding prognosis and goals of care, according to a study.

YouTube allows for public education on skin cancer topics

YouTube allows for public education on skin cancer topics

A study published in the Dermatology Online Journal shows that YouTube effectively allows researchers, journals, and health advocates to connect directly with the public on topics of skin cancer and prevention.

Bridging cancer care for the older adult patient

Bridging cancer care for the older adult patient

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The special needs of older adult patients and caregivers, who are usually also older persons, can be a nursing challenge. These tips will ensure you are communicating effectively with this patient population.

Telephone call is effective support when breast cancer treatment includes weight loss

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A series of simple telephone calls can make a profound difference in helping women with breast cancer to meet their treatment goals for weight loss.

New tool predicts financial toxicity for cancer patients

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Cancer care has a new side effect: patients face anxiety and distress when faced with large, unpredictable costs from their cancer treatment.

Outreach doubles at-home CRC screening in low-income and minority communities

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Low cost strategies for annual colorectal cancer screening in vulnerable populations can be facilitated by health information technology, with dramatic improvements in screening rates.

Fear, not information, motivates sunscreen users

Fear, not information, motivates sunscreen users

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Experts often say that worrying may be harmful to your health. However, when it comes to preventing skin cancer, a little fear may be good for you.

Family dysfunction is a strong predictor of children ability to cope with parents' cancer

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Children of cancer patients may be at risk for emotional and behavioral problems after learning of a parent's cancer diagnosis.

'Financial Toxicity' tool created to assist cancer patients

'Financial Toxicity' tool created to assist cancer patients

A four-step process involving 155 patients with cancer was used to develop patient-reported outcome measure.

Phone intervention helps women with breast cancer lose weight

Phone intervention helps women with breast cancer lose weight

Among postmenopausal women receiving letrozole as adjuvant therapy for breast cancer, a telephone-based weight loss intervention was effective in promoting weight loss.

Reminders increase colorectal screening rates for vulnerable populations

Reminders increase colorectal screening rates for vulnerable populations

Low-cost interventions relying upon mailings, text messages, and phone calls can increase adherence to colorectal cancer screening with fecal immunochemical tests among vulnerable populations.

ONA Interview: Integrating nursing care with the nutrition support team

ONA Interview: Integrating nursing care with the nutrition support team

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Noreen Luszcz, RD, MBA, CNSC, nutrition program director for Walgreens Infusion Services, answers questions about nutrition therapy for patients with cancer.

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