Patient Counseling & Support

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

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.

War metaphors for cancer hurt certain prevention behaviors

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Using war metaphors when speaking with cancer patients about their health struggles or motivation may not be the best approach, research suggests.

Patient education with subtitles

Patient education with subtitles

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The author learned to fully appreciate the significance of inflection and tone, hallmarks of spoken communication, when she faced a new challenge: counseling a deaf patient and his wife, who also is deaf.

Few oncologists discuss supplement use with patients

Few oncologists discuss supplement use with patients

Many physicians cite a lack of knowledge as a primary reason for not discussing supplements, survey finds.

Quantifying mental disorders in patients with cancer

Quantifying mental disorders in patients with cancer

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Researchers in Germany interviewed more than 2,000 patients with cancer to gather epidemiologic data on mental health of patients with cancer.

Mobile support system keeps up with a younger generation of breast cancer survivors

Mobile support system keeps up with a younger generation of breast cancer survivors

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A new digital program using a Web site and social media aims to meet the unique support needs of women younger than 40 years with breast cancer.

Reducing side effects of everolimus administration

Reducing side effects of everolimus administration

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Are there tips nurses can share with patients on avoiding oral therapy-related side effects associated with drugs such as everolimus?

Managing obesity should be part of cancer care

Managing obesity should be part of cancer care

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Effective weight management can enhance cancer treatment, improve patient outcomes, and reduce incidence of recurrence and mortality. As with encouraging smoking cessation, oncologists should talk to patients about achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

Conversations about cancer: A tool to help families communicate

Conversations about cancer: A tool to help families communicate

Patients may need help talking about their cancer diagnosis with their families, especially their children. The Pillow Talk Care package is an at-home activity kit that helps facilitate this difficult discussion.

Counseling over the phone provides access to genetic testing for women in rural areas

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Telephone counseling after genetic testing was found just as effective as in-person counseling in many respects, according to new study.

Prosocial Internet support group not proving beneficial for breast cancer survivors

Prosocial Internet support group not proving beneficial for breast cancer survivors

Participants in prosocial versus standard group have higher level of depression, anxiety after intervention.

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.

Telephone Support Intervention Beneficial for <i>BRCA</i> Carriers

Telephone Support Intervention Beneficial for <i>BRCA</i> Carriers

Reduction in distress, unmet information needs with telephone-based, peer-support program

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

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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.

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