Patient Counseling & Support
Distress screening at pivotal points in care helps nurses identify which patients need additional support as they cope with their disease and treatments.
A new study has uncovered a number of specific physical signs that signal an impending death from cancer.
Is it safe to use hair dyes concurrently with chemotherapy?
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.
Initiatives can decrease hospital visits, cut morbidity and mortality, and up treatment adherence.
When diagnosed with cancer, individuals with diabetes are less likely to take their diabetes medication, especially in cases of a poor cancer prognosis.
Many women with breast cancer lack basic knowledge about their disease, and the problem is more pronounced among minority women.
Use of therapy dogs could help encourage cancer patients to continue treatment and provide emotional comfort.
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.
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.
Many U.S. survivors have unresolved physical, mental health issues long after cancer treatment ends.
Using war metaphors when speaking with cancer patients about their health struggles or motivation may not be the best approach, research suggests.
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.
Many physicians cite a lack of knowledge as a primary reason for not discussing supplements, survey finds.
Researchers in Germany interviewed more than 2,000 patients with cancer to gather epidemiologic data on mental health of patients with cancer.
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.
Are there tips nurses can share with patients on avoiding oral therapy-related side effects associated with drugs such as everolimus?
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.
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.
Telephone counseling after genetic testing was found just as effective as in-person counseling in many respects, according to new study.
Participants in prosocial versus standard group have higher level of depression, anxiety after intervention.
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.
Reduction in distress, unmet information needs with telephone-based, peer-support program
A video-based educational tool increased comprehension of prostate health terms in patients with a mean literacy level of 7th grade or higher.
Active smokers more knowledgeable than former smokers or nonsmokers, and often cite urologist as source of information.
What is the rationale for why a patient on bortezomib (Velcade) therapy should avoid green tea?
Patients diagnosed with breast cancer, head and neck cancer, and malignant melanoma are particularly at risk for disorders such as anxiety or depression.
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.
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 interventions such as visits from therapy dogs and patients' pets are proven to improve patient outcomes.
- Drug combination suppresses growth of late-stage prostate cancer tumors
- Ultrasound helps determine which breast cancer patients need lymph nodes removed
- California breast density law slow to have an impact
- Epigenetic signatures differentiate triple negative breast cancers
- New treatment method shrinks ovarian cancer tumors and improves chemotherapy effectiveness
- What determines cost-effectiveness of targeted anticancer therapies?
- Physician-controlled decisions in cancer care linked to lower quality rating
- Transfusion Indications for Patients With Cancer
- Lung cancer may be treatable with use of SapC-DOPS technology
- What autism can teach us about brain cancer
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