Patient Counseling & Support

Navigating Patients with Hematologic Malignancies

Navigating Patients with Hematologic Malignancies

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Patients with hematologic cancers often require a combination of inpatient and outpatient care. The oncology nurse navigator is an ideal care provider to help patients manage their care and transitions between care settings, according to a presentation at the 2018 ONA Navigation Summit.

Navigating Patients With Gastrointestinal Cancer

Navigating Patients With Gastrointestinal Cancer

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The unique challenges that face both oncology nurse navigators specializing in gastrointestinal cancer and patients with these diseases are reviewed in a presentation at the 2018 ONA Navigation Summit.

Developing a Specialty Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic

Developing a Specialty Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic

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Creating a multidisciplinary breast clinic can ensure that patients with breast cancer receive care that is timely, effective, and efficient, according to a presentation at the 2018 ONA Navigation Summit.

Development of App Aimed at Improving Patient Navigation Services in Underserved Populations

Development of App Aimed at Improving Patient Navigation Services in Underserved Populations

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The technology will facilitate data entry for patient navigation activities, evaluation of one or more patient navigators (PNs), and generate reports.

The Health Care Mortgage: Understanding the Complexities of Financial Toxicity

The Health Care Mortgage: Understanding the Complexities of Financial Toxicity

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Cost of cancer care is more than co-pays for medications and treatment. Cancer can affect a patient's ability to work compounding the financial costs of their care, as described in this presentation at the 2018 ONA Navigation Summit.

AMA Guide Highlights Importance of Caring for Caregivers

AMA Guide Highlights Importance of Caring for Caregivers

Clinicians have an important role to play in providing support and guidance for caregivers.

From Disparities to Disclosure: A Discussion on Lesbians and Breast Cancer

From Disparities to Disclosure: A Discussion on Lesbians and Breast Cancer

Marissa Fors, director of CancerCare's Susan G. Komen® Breast Care Helpline, talked with Dr Penelope Damaskos, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, about breast cancer risk and related challenges for women who identify as lesbian and their healthcare providers.

Muscle Loss Not Always Correlated With Loss of Function, Strength in Cancer Cachexia

Muscle Loss Not Always Correlated With Loss of Function, Strength in Cancer Cachexia

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Interventions specifically designed to target cachexia in patients with thoracic or gastrointestinal cancer and established cachexia were effective in helping patients preserve functional stability and rehabilitation potential.

Intervention With Lay Health Workers Has Positive Effect on Cancer Patients' Experience

Intervention With Lay Health Workers Has Positive Effect on Cancer Patients' Experience

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An intervention utilizing lay health workers supervised by NPs lowered health care costs and improved patient satisfaction.

Art as Palliative Care: Bedside Intervention Improves Pain, Anxiety, Mood in Hospitalized Cancer Patients

Art as Palliative Care: Bedside Intervention Improves Pain, Anxiety, Mood in Hospitalized Cancer Patients

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Results from a study on an innovative program from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, demonstrates the potential positive effects of providing hospitalized patients with brief one-on-one art lessons.

Mindfulness Training May Improve End-of-Life Conversations in Advanced Cancer

Mindfulness Training May Improve End-of-Life Conversations in Advanced Cancer

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Study presented at 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting determined the feasibility of using a mindfulness intervention to improve quality of life and confidence in advance care planning discussions among patient-family caregiver dyads.

Palliative Issues Inadequately Addressed Among Hospitalized Cancer Patients

Palliative Issues Inadequately Addressed Among Hospitalized Cancer Patients

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Consultations for palliative care for hospitalized highly symptomatic patients with cancer is low regardless of curability or whether patient has hematologic or solid cancer, a study presented at 2018 ASCO has shown.

Patient-Provider Conversations Regarding Financial Impact of Cancer Therapy Lacking

Patient-Provider Conversations Regarding Financial Impact of Cancer Therapy Lacking

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Survey results presented at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting demonstrated the effects of financial toxicity on patients with early stage breast cancer.

Unprotected Sex After Chemotherapy

Unprotected Sex After Chemotherapy

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How long after receiving chemotherapy should patients wait to have unprotected sex?

Avoiding the ED: Planned Strategies for Unplanned Urgent Cancer Care

Avoiding the ED: Planned Strategies for Unplanned Urgent Cancer Care

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Results of a literature review highlighted 5 strategies for improving the management of urgent care situations in patients with cancer.

Coordinating Roles of ONNs, OSWs on Multidisciplinary Cancer Care Team

Coordinating Roles of ONNs, OSWs on Multidisciplinary Cancer Care Team

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Please clarify the role and responsibilities of oncology nurse navigators (ONNs) vs those of the oncology social workers (OSWs).

Clinical Research Nursing Staff an Important Part of Oncology Clinical Trial Programs

Clinical Research Nursing Staff an Important Part of Oncology Clinical Trial Programs

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The importance of oncology clinical research nurses in the clinical trial process was explored in a study presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress.

Online Program Aims to Assist With Clinical Trial Enrollment for Hematologic Cancers

Online Program Aims to Assist With Clinical Trial Enrollment for Hematologic Cancers

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A newly developed web site, described in a presentation at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress, aims to help nurses and patients explore clinical trial options for patients with hematologic cancers.

Education May Better Equip Nurses to Hold End-of-Life Conversations in Advanced Cancer

Education May Better Equip Nurses to Hold End-of-Life Conversations in Advanced Cancer

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That better informed patients can make better end-of-life decisions is well-known; however, nurse perception may be a barrier to earlier discussions. This project, presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress, sought to determine the effect of better informed nurses.

Understanding Nurses' Knowledge, Beliefs, Skills in Caring for LGBT Patients

Understanding Nurses' Knowledge, Beliefs, Skills in Caring for LGBT Patients

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Researchers at an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center measured nurses' knowledge, beliefs, and skills regarding caring for LGB and transgender patients as a step toward improving health care for this patient population. Their results were presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress.

Dedicated End-of-Life Education Program Improves Nurses' Care, Patient and Family Satisfaction

Dedicated End-of-Life Education Program Improves Nurses' Care, Patient and Family Satisfaction

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A nurse-education program focused on end-of-life care that is compassionate for all involved in the cancer continuum — patients, their families, and the nurses — led to a hospital-wide educational program, introducing extensive changes and collaboration among nurses.

An Unusual Lesson on Informing a Shared Decision

An Unusual Lesson on Informing a Shared Decision

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The use of a contractor to make home repairs offers an interesting analogy to the shared decision-making experience.

Intervention Improves Body Image-Related Distress in Survivors of Breast Cancer

Intervention Improves Body Image-Related Distress in Survivors of Breast Cancer

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A randomized study assessed the effectiveness of an Internet-based psychological intervention in helping women survivors of breast cancer cope with the changes brought by their disease and treatment.

Too Much Information: When Prognosis Breaks Down Patient Communications

Too Much Information: When Prognosis Breaks Down Patient Communications

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Overwhelmed by her poor prognosis, a patient with a newly diagnosed advanced cancer cuts off communicating with her health care team.

Support for Exercise Programs During, After Cancer Treatment

Support for Exercise Programs During, After Cancer Treatment

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Which organizations recommend incorporating physical activity into cancer care and why?

Challenges for Young Adult Couples Facing a Cancer Diagnosis

Challenges for Young Adult Couples Facing a Cancer Diagnosis

A cancer diagnosis can alter life plans for a young adult couple, completely upending their carefully thought out plans. Understanding their unique challenges can ensure oncology nurses are prepared to help these patients and their partners face an uncertain future.

Following ACS Guidelines Shown to Improve Outcomes for Colon Cancer Survivors

Following ACS Guidelines Shown to Improve Outcomes for Colon Cancer Survivors

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A prospective study assessing the outcomes of a cohort of participants in the CALGB 89803 study determined the effect of following the American Cancer Society guidelines on survival for persons with colon cancer.

Spousal, Partner Perception of Coping Affects Adjustments in Breast Cancer

Spousal, Partner Perception of Coping Affects Adjustments in Breast Cancer

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Male spouse or partner perspectives on a female patient's ability to cope was found to have a positive effect on her ability to cope and adjust to her disease. Unfortunately, this effect remains rarely researched and poorly understood among patients with breast cancer in same sex relationships.

Accountable Care Organizations linked to modest increase in appropriate cancer screening

1. Enrollment in Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) was associated with a decrease in breast cancer screening, increase in colorectal cancer screening, and decreased prostate cancer screening, reflecting more appropriate utilization of screening tests. 2. Changes in breast and colon cancer screening were strongly influenced by participant age. Evidence Rating Level: []

Colorectal Cancer Screening Rate Increased by Digital Self-Ordering

Colorectal Cancer Screening Rate Increased by Digital Self-Ordering

Fifty-three percent of intervention participants used app to self-order a colorectal screening test.

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