Patient Counseling & Support

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.

Shared decision making lacking in cancer screening discussions

Shared decision making lacking in cancer screening discussions

A national survey of patients reveals that physicians don't always fully discuss the risks and benefits of cancer screening, reports a new study.

The importance of patient education in prostate cancer care

The importance of patient education in prostate cancer care

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Male patients with prostate cancer, and patients with other genitourinary cancers, need information on how their cancer and its treatment will affect their life.

Helping patients cope with a lung cancer diagnosis

Helping patients cope with a lung cancer diagnosis

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Thoracic oncology navigation involves directing patients to resources, providing education about the disease, coordinating patient care, and more.

Integrative model of nurse navigation enhances survivorship care

Integrative model of nurse navigation enhances survivorship care

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A new cancer diagnosis encompasses multiple physician visits and procedures, and can produce overwhelming stress for all involved.

Survivorship program helps patients embrace life after treatment ends

Survivorship program helps patients embrace life after treatment ends

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Nurses at a community cancer center in Minneapolis described the Celebration of Life Cancer Survivorship Evening Program they developed in a presentation at the 2014 NCONN Conference.

New clinical guidelines developed for cancer-related fatigue

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Fatigue is a debilitating problem for cancer patients undergoing treatment, and it also can significantly affect quality of life after treatment.

New care guidelines issued for prostate cancer survivors

New care guidelines issued for prostate cancer survivors

New guidelines have been developed for clinical follow-up care for prostate cancer survivors. Issues addressed include health promotion, surveillance for recurrence, and new primaries.

The Healing Arts Program at Montefiore: A collaboration that heals patients and nurses

The Healing Arts Program at Montefiore: A collaboration that heals patients and nurses

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A major medical center in New York City uses a program of arts and music to help patients through their treatments. The program is even being used to give nurses a chance to de-stress.

ACS Releases Long-Term Primary Care Guidelines for Prostate Cancer Survivors

ACS Releases Long-Term Primary Care Guidelines for Prostate Cancer Survivors

The American Cancer Society released a set of guidelines addressing the long-term primary care for survivors of prostate cancer. The guidelines outline follow-up care, monitoring for recurrence, and screening for secondary primary cancers. They also reiterate the need to educate survivors about physical exercise and smoking cessation.

Book Offers Information for Women about Breast Cancer

Book Offers Information for Women about Breast Cancer

Although most women are aware of breast cancer and know someone who has battled the disease, hearing the words "You have cancer" can be a traumatic experience. They can be easily overwhelmed by the information presented during a consult with their doctor. This new book can help them manage their cancer care.

Navigator Notes: The role of the navigator and its effect on health care reform

Navigator Notes: The role of the navigator and its effect on health care reform

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Nurse navigators can offer more than just helping patients keep their appointments and maintain their lives. Navigators can help the health care system function more effectively.

Patients' symptom concerns before anticancer treatment predict symptom burdens

Patients' symptom concerns before anticancer treatment predict symptom burdens

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Patients who express pretreatment concern about treatment symptoms such as nausea and memory problems tend to suffer higher symptom burdens during and after anticancer treatment, suggests research.

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