Patient Counseling & Support

Developing as a navigator: From novice to expert

Developing as a navigator: From novice to expert

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Navigation, much like a nurse's career, evolves from a novice role that follows a set guideline for tasks to an integral part of the continuum of cancer care.

Growing up with cancer: Understanding the challenges to adolescents and young adults (AYAs) coping with cancer

Growing up with cancer: Understanding the challenges to adolescents and young adults (AYAs) coping with cancer

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DENVER, CO—The emotional trajectory of the cancer experience compounds the emotional pendulum adolescents and young adults (AYAs) are already experiencing as their cognition, hormones, and emotions mature. Delivery of high-quality cancer care for these patients requires understanding the behavior, social, and environmental context of their lives, according to a presentation at the 2015 Oncology Nurse Advisor Navigation Summit.

Navigators have a key role in using genetics and genomics for cancer risk identification

Navigators have a key role in using genetics and genomics for cancer risk identification

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DENVER, CO—The nurse navigator's role in cancer risk identification is three-fold. Despite the changes brought on by genetic/genomics, aspects of the nursing role are consistent with the essential competencies required of all professional nurses, according to a presentation at the 2015 Oncology Nurse Advisor Navigation Summit.

Pilot program coordinates palliative care and support for rural communities

Pilot program coordinates palliative care and support for rural communities

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Effective patient-centered palliative care is contingent on access to supportive care, which may be lacking in rural areas. In this pilot program, researchers demonstrated a model that bridges that gap.

Lifestyle intervention trial produces posttreatment weight loss in patients with breast cancer

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The presence of extra body fat causes increased risk of diabetes and heart disease, and also increases the chances for breast cancer recurrence.

Spouses' mood may impact the well-being of cancer survivors

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The emotional state and health of a cancer survivor's spouse can affect their own well being, a recent study indicates.

Attending breast cancer screening reduces risk of death from breast cancer by 40%

Attending breast cancer screening reduces risk of death from breast cancer by 40%

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Women ages 50 to 69 years who attend mammography screening reduce their risk of dying from breast cancer by 40% compared with women who are not screened, according to the latest evidence.

Providing psychosocial care when the patient is a child

Providing psychosocial care when the patient is a child

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Use of straightforward, age-appropriate language is essential to communicating with pediatric oncology patients about their cancer and treatments, and gaining their trust in the medical team.

Cancer survivors have evolving information needs

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Depending on the type of cancer faced, the needs of survivors can vary.

Removing the Obstacles Associated With Survivorship Care

Removing the Obstacles Associated With Survivorship Care

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As of 2012 in the U.S. there were 14 million cancer survivors, a number that is expected to grow to 18 million by 2022.

The nurse-patient relationship: When it's time to be brave enough to let go

The nurse-patient relationship: When it's time to be brave enough to let go

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Patients at a crossroads in their care may struggle with the decision to change the course of their care. Nurses need to find the balance between offering support and letting the patient go forward.

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.

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