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Impact of Prostate Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment Choice on Quality of Life

Impact of Prostate Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment Choice on Quality of Life

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The impact of prostate cancer treatment is well documented; however, in this study, researchers sought to determine the effect on health-related quality of life for patients from diagnosis through treatment planning to initiation of treatment.

Fertility Preservation in Male Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer

Fertility Preservation in Male Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer

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Increasing survival rates for AYA patients with cancer have heightened the importance of discussing fertility preservation options. In this column, we review the options for male patients and the significance of including a discussion of them as part of treatment planning.

What SUPPORT Can Do for Families Coping With Cancer During the Holidays

What SUPPORT Can Do for Families Coping With Cancer During the Holidays

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As the holidays approach, offering these SUPPORT tips can help caregivers of patients with cancer make the most of the seasonal activities and the time with their loved ones.

Intervention Model Helps Cancer Survivors Overcome Fear of Recurrence

Intervention Model Helps Cancer Survivors Overcome Fear of Recurrence

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A randomized study assessed the impact of ConquerFear, a novel intervention developed from various models of cognitive therapy, and Taking-it-Easy, an intervention based on models that promote relaxation, on cancer survivors' ability to manage their fear of cancer recurrence.

70-Gene Signature Assay Impacts Treatment Decisions in Breast Cancer

70-Gene Signature Assay Impacts Treatment Decisions in Breast Cancer

The 70-GS was linked to change in treatment decisions for intermediate-risk patients based on 21-gene assay.

Using Nutrition-Based Strategies to Manage Adverse Effects of Cancer

Using Nutrition-Based Strategies to Manage Adverse Effects of Cancer

Patients and caregivers are sure to ask for tips and advice on nutrition practices that can improve their cancer journey. This articles reviews recommendations for nurses and patients.

Provider Advice Affects Breast Cancer Prevention Decisions

Provider Advice Affects Breast Cancer Prevention Decisions

The recommendation of an HCP is a key factor in the decision to employ selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) for patients at higher risk for breast cancer.

Specialized Interventions Reduce Aberrant Opioid Behaviors in Cancer Patients

Specialized Interventions Reduce Aberrant Opioid Behaviors in Cancer Patients

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Investigators the effectiveness of an intervention to reduce aberrant opioid-related behavior and use of opioids in patients with cancer receiving chronic opioid therapy.

Navigating the Transition From Treatment to Breast Cancer Survivor

Navigating the Transition From Treatment to Breast Cancer Survivor

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The transition from active treatment to survivorship for patients with breast cancer can be as complex as the disease. An oncology social worker discusses the challenges of this "new unknown" in the continuum of care.

Building an Optimal Cancer Awareness or Community Outreach Program

Building an Optimal Cancer Awareness or Community Outreach Program

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month has been celebrated in October since the early 1990s. In this column, Oncology Nurse Advisor asked 3 community education advocates to share their tips for a successful awareness event.

DVD Motivated Patients to Exercise for Managing Fatigue in Breast Cancer

DVD Motivated Patients to Exercise for Managing Fatigue in Breast Cancer

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Patients with breast cancer experiencing fatigue need to be encouraged to exercise. In this study, investigators measured the impact of enhancing oncologist recommendations with a yoga-based DVD.

Invisible Burdens: The Complex Needs of Caregivers of Patients With Brain Cancer

Invisible Burdens: The Complex Needs of Caregivers of Patients With Brain Cancer

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Caregivers of patients with malignant brain tumors often bear additional burdens in their role, as these patients often experience cognition-related adverse effects as well as the effects of their cancer and its treatment.

Educational Program Explains Biomarker Testing for Colorectal Cancer

Educational Program Explains Biomarker Testing for Colorectal Cancer

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A newly developed patient education resource helps nurses educate patients with colorectal cancer about biomarker testing and counsel them on the significance of the results.

Geriatric Consults Rare in Kidney Cancer Care

Geriatric Consults Rare in Kidney Cancer Care

Although use of medical co-management and rehabilitation services increasing for older patients with kidney cancer, consultation remains sparse for those undergoing surgery.

Acupuncture May Improve Fatigue in Patients with Lung Cancer

Acupuncture May Improve Fatigue in Patients with Lung Cancer

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Acupuncture was found to improve cancer-related fatigue in patients with lung cancer in as little as 2 weeks, according to results of a double-blind randomized clinical study.

Understanding Your Patient: Keys to Outcomes Success

Understanding Your Patient: Keys to Outcomes Success

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Identifying which archetypical profile fits your patient can help oncology nurses individualize support and education needs to their patients.

Long Term Survivors of Prostate Cancer Express Treatment Decision Regret for Up to 15 Years

Long Term Survivors of Prostate Cancer Express Treatment Decision Regret for Up to 15 Years

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Study results show that patients with prostate cancer express treatment decision regret, with concerns regarding sexual function, bowel function, and PSA most commonly associated with regret.

Counseling Regarding Genetic Testing in Breast Cancer Lacking, Yet Many Still Undergo BLM

Counseling Regarding Genetic Testing in Breast Cancer Lacking, Yet Many Still Undergo BLM

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Many women with breast cancer with genetic VUS undergo testing and bilateral mastectomy (BLM) without ever receiving genetic counseling.

The Great Cancer Masquerade: When Grief Manifests as Anxiety, Control, Anger

The Great Cancer Masquerade: When Grief Manifests as Anxiety, Control, Anger

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Grief over a loved one's impending death may manifest as other emotions or difficult-to-manage behavior. This month's column describes how families may express their grief as anxiety about their loved one's care, an attempt to take control of the situation, or anger toward the clinicians involved in their loved one's care.

Teens and Young Adults with Cancer and Survivors Express Use of Digital Resources

Teens and Young Adults with Cancer and Survivors Express Use of Digital Resources

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Teenagers and young adults with cancer rated digital resources such as email, online information resources, and communication tools as critical to their lives. These patients would also utilize additional resources such as chat rooms and online counseling and support.

Survivorship Care Plans: Providing A Blueprint for Health Care After Cancer

Survivorship Care Plans: Providing A Blueprint for Health Care After Cancer

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Survivorship care plans can ensure that cancer survivors know their cancer and treatment history, and are equipped to maintain proper follow-up care.

Oral Therapies: Strategies to Ensure Adherence

Oral Therapies: Strategies to Ensure Adherence

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Oral therapy brings new challenges to oncology practices, because more responsibility of adherence is placed under patient and caregiver control.

Oral Cancer Medications: New Paradigm Brings New Challenges

Oral Cancer Medications: New Paradigm Brings New Challenges

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Nurse navigators are charged with finding the method that suits a patient best to ensure adherence to oral cancer therapy regimens and monitor for adverse effects.

Multifaceted Role of the Nurse Navigator Includes Palliative, Supportive Care

Multifaceted Role of the Nurse Navigator Includes Palliative, Supportive Care

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Nurse navigators have the education, experience, and skill set to provide patients with effective palliative care, and to provide the family with the support they need.

Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Nurse Navigation Survey

Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Nurse Navigation Survey

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A patient survey was designed to examine patient views of their initial breast cancer diagnosis process and care management.

Feasibility of a Lay Cancer Patient Navigation Program to Meet The Needs of Cancer Patients

Feasibility of a Lay Cancer Patient Navigation Program to Meet The Needs of Cancer Patients

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Lay cancer patient navigators can address barriers to care such as financial burden and psychosocial distress, and can help reduce disparities across the continuum of care.

Navigating Colorectal and Pancreatic Cancer Patients in a Multidisciplinary Cancer Center

Navigating Colorectal and Pancreatic Cancer Patients in a Multidisciplinary Cancer Center

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By identifying incidence, prevalence, and risk factors for colorectal and pancreatic cancer in our communities, nurse navigators can develop screening and prevention programs to better serve these populations.

Lay Navigation Program Improves Health Care, Health System Use, Costs for Older Cancer Survivors

Lay Navigation Program Improves Health Care, Health System Use, Costs for Older Cancer Survivors

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Survivorship care plan successfully improves the overall survivorship care of older cancer survivors using lay navigators.

Personalized Medicine and the Role of the Oncology Navigator

Personalized Medicine and the Role of the Oncology Navigator

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As molecular testing becomes the standard of care for many cancers, nurse navigators have an important role to play ensuring molecular testing of suitable patients, providing patient education, and managing of patient expectations.

Nurse-Led Psychological Intervention Beneficial in Breast Cancer

Nurse-Led Psychological Intervention Beneficial in Breast Cancer

Participants with high risk of depression reported lower mood disturbance, anxiety, depression following intervention.

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