Patient Counseling & Support

What Does It Take to Make a Miracle Happen?

What Does It Take to Make a Miracle Happen?

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Reflecting on the 2 meanings of this simple word helps explain the nuances of communicating with cancer patients and their families at pivotal points of care.

Cancer Patients and Oncologists Often Disagree on Prognosis

Cancer Patients and Oncologists Often Disagree on Prognosis

Those with advanced disease are likely to be more optimistic than their oncologist regarding their prognosis.

Patient Navigation Improves Cancer Screening Rates in Targeted Patient Groups

Patient Navigation Improves Cancer Screening Rates in Targeted Patient Groups

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Patient navigators may improve rates of comprehensive cancer screening among low-income and ethnic minority populations. These patients were more likely to adhere to cancer-screening guidelines when assisted by patient navigators.

Palliative Care-Led Support vs Usual Care: Not Significantly Different for Anxiety and Depression in Cancer Patients' Family Members

Palliative Care-Led Support vs Usual Care: Not Significantly Different for Anxiety and Depression in Cancer Patients' Family Members

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Palliative care-led informational and emotional support meetings do not reduce anxiety or depression symptoms and may increase posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in family members of patients with chronic critical illness.

50,000th Flight: Corporate Angel Network Marks a Milestone in Service for Patients With Cancer

50,000th Flight: Corporate Angel Network Marks a Milestone in Service for Patients With Cancer

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A mostly volunteer organization arranges flights for patients with cancer who need to travel to distant treatment centers on corporate jets with empty seats that are flying the same route.

Patient Stress Level Influences Best Type of Couples' Therapy for Patients With Breast Cancer and Their Partners

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Distressed patients with breast cancer benefit most from a couple-focused supportive group therapy, while less distressed patients benefit more from a structured, skills-based, couples-focused group therapy.

ASCO: Smartphone App May Help Lung Cancer Patients Live Longer

ASCO: Smartphone App May Help Lung Cancer Patients Live Longer

Researchers found tracking symptoms and alerting doctors to problems early led to longer survival for patients with lung cancer.

Study Finds Racial Disparities in Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Management

Study Finds Racial Disparities in Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Management

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Disparities in cancer risk management among BRCA carriers across a diverse sample of young black, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic white breast cancer survivors underscores that "the benefit from genetic testing comes from acting on the test results," not just the testing itself, a study presented at the ASCO 2016 Annual Meeting concluded.

Telephone Disclosure of Genetic Tests for Cancer Susceptibility Can Increase Satisfaction

Telephone Disclosure of Genetic Tests for Cancer Susceptibility Can Increase Satisfaction

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Results showed that telephone disclosure was not worse than in-person disclosure for general and state anxiety.

Patient Illness Understanding Is Influenced by Recent Prognosis and Life Expectancy Discussions With Oncology Clinicians

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Patients with advanced cancer have a better understanding of the terminal nature of their illnesses if they have had recent discussions with their oncologists about prognosis/life expectancy.

Implementing a Distress Screening Process for Cancer Patients

Implementing a Distress Screening Process for Cancer Patients

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Highest points of distress experienced by patients with cancer at 1 institution are identified in this study to better implement distress screening.

Socioeconomic Benefits of Marriage Improve Survival Among Married Patients

Socioeconomic Benefits of Marriage Improve Survival Among Married Patients

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A recent study confirms the benefits of marriage on patients with cancer, including socioeconomic status, psychosocial support, and a higher regard for health-related self care.

Effect of Childbirth on Risk of Ovarian Cancer Diminishes With Age, But Effect of Oral Contraceptive Use Is Constant

Effect of Childbirth on Risk of Ovarian Cancer Diminishes With Age, But Effect of Oral Contraceptive Use Is Constant

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Prior oral contraceptive use is associated with reduced risk for ovarian cancer among women of all ages; however, risk reductions associated with childbirth wane as women age

The First Call: The Importance of an Initial Assessment

The First Call: The Importance of an Initial Assessment

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Accepting the need for counseling or support services may be difficult for many patients. Clinicians need to be attuned to specific clues during a first contact to make an accurate initial assessment.

Overall Benefits of Vaporized Nicotine Products Outweigh Harms, Says International Panel of Experts

Overall Benefits of Vaporized Nicotine Products Outweigh Harms, Says International Panel of Experts

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E-cigarettes have a strong potential to improve population health by reducing or displacing cigarette use. A team of international experts urged the US FDA to have a broad perspective when it comes to regulating e-cigarettes.

Use of Emotional Support and Acceptance Coping Strategies Lead to Better QOL and Mood in Patients With Incurable Cancer

Use of Emotional Support and Acceptance Coping Strategies Lead to Better QOL and Mood in Patients With Incurable Cancer

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Patients with newly diagnosed, incurable cancer who use emotional support and acceptance coping strategies experience better quality of life (QOL) and mood; denial and self-blame strategies correlate negatively with these outcomes.

Offer Smoking Cessation Help With Lung Cancer Screening for Patients Who Smoke

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Smokers who visit a clinician for lung cancer screening should also be encouraged to quit smoking at that visit. Evidence-based behavioral strategies should be used, at each visit, to motivate smokers to quit.

To What End? Helping Patients and Families Face a Juncture in the Cancer Care Continuum

To What End? Helping Patients and Families Face a Juncture in the Cancer Care Continuum

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Are the difficult questions easier to answer when the patient still has treatment options available? Ann Brady talks about helping patients and families navigate the changes in disease and care.

Family-focused Therapy Improves Grieving and Coping in Families at High Risk for Dysfunction

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Severity of complicated grief and risk of prolonged grief disorder are reduced in high-risk families that receive family-focused therapy during palliative care and into bereavement.

Telephone Follow-Up Effective for Stage I Endometrial Cancer

Telephone Follow-Up Effective for Stage I Endometrial Cancer

Nurse-based telephone follow-up was as effective as traditional hospital based follow-up for for stage I endometrial cancer.

The Role of Physical Therapy in the Continuum of Cancer Care

The Role of Physical Therapy in the Continuum of Cancer Care

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Oncology rehabilitation is cost-effective; it lowers both direct and indirect health care costs and improves physical and psychological quality of life for patients with cancer.

Cancer Care and Fertility Info Improves Patient Satisfaction

Cancer Care and Fertility Info Improves Patient Satisfaction

Almost all males and females who received and read the fertility information materials found them helpful.

Advice for Patients With CML Traveling While On Oral Chemotherapy

Advice for Patients With CML Traveling While On Oral Chemotherapy

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During the summer, many patients with CML who are taking oral chemotherapy drugs have questions about taking their drugs while traveling. What advice can we give them regarding this?

Social Media Has Unrealized Potential for Clinical Trial Communication and Recruitment

Social Media Has Unrealized Potential for Clinical Trial Communication and Recruitment

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The social media platform Twitter could develop into a useful tool for communicating with the public about cancer clinical trials and for recruiting participants.

Preexisting Financial Stress Increases Symptom Burden and Lowers Quality of Life for Patients With Cancer

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Patients with cancer who have limited financial reserves are more likely to have a higher burden of symptoms and a lower quality of life.

Coloring as a Relaxation Tool

Coloring as a Relaxation Tool

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The simple childhood pleasure of a coloring book and crayons—or colored pencils, as in this case—provide the foundation of a unique support group for patients with cancer and their families.

Most Patients With Locally Advanced Head and Neck Cancer Use Life-altering Strategies to Cope With Treatment Costs

Most Patients With Locally Advanced Head and Neck Cancer Use Life-altering Strategies to Cope With Treatment Costs

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Cost-coping strategies that alter lifestyle are used by most patients with LAHNC. In addition, perceived social isolation, or lack of social support coupled with increased loneliness, was identified as a risk factor for suboptimal medication adherence and health care utilization during treatment.

Young Adults With Cancer Are Prone to Experience Severe Financial Toxicity

Young Adults With Cancer Are Prone to Experience Severe Financial Toxicity

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Immense financial challenges confront young adults with cancer. As a result of medical bills and the loss of savings, these patients may forgo recommended medications and/or follow-up appointments.

Survivorship Information Is Scarce for Longer-term Survivors of Cancer

Survivorship Information Is Scarce for Longer-term Survivors of Cancer

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Unmet health information needs, even nearly a decade after a cancer diagnosis, were a key finding of a study of the needs of cancer survivors who are at least 9 years beyond an initial diagnosis.

Families of Patients With Cancer Seek Information More Than Support on Internet

Families of Patients With Cancer Seek Information More Than Support on Internet

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Families of patients with cancer are more likely to seek information online than support.

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