Patient Counseling & Support

Patient Support Program Provides Diversions During Chemotherapy Infusions

Patient Support Program Provides Diversions During Chemotherapy Infusions

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A kind gesture toward friends during their chemotherapy infusions developed into a support organization that helps patients pass the time during their treatment.

When There Are No Words: Interpreting Patients' and Families' Subtle Messages

When There Are No Words: Interpreting Patients' and Families' Subtle Messages

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Although many physical expressions are universal, oncology nurses may be challenged to catch notice of more subtle body language from patients or a family member.

Urine Drug Testing Policy Can Assist Opioid Treatment Decisions

Urine Drug Testing Policy Can Assist Opioid Treatment Decisions

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Clinicians should use immunoassay screens and urine drug tests to determine compliance with chronic opioid therapy.

Identifying the Psychosocial Needs of Young Adults With Metastatic Cancer

Identifying the Psychosocial Needs of Young Adults With Metastatic Cancer

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A cancer diagnosis is wrought with challenges for young adults. This article identifies the unique support needs for patients aged 20 to 39 years with cancer.

Monetary Incentives Improve Quit Attempts in Mentally Ill Smokers

Monetary Incentives Improve Quit Attempts in Mentally Ill Smokers

Abstinence-contingent incentives improved smoking cessation outcomes among economically disadvantaged smokers with mental illness.

Incidence of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder High Among Patients With Cancer

Incidence of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder High Among Patients With Cancer

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Study evaluates the incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder in patients with cancer from diagnosis through survivorship.

Nurses Must Be Experienced, Feel Competent When Providing End-of-Life Care

Nurses Must Be Experienced, Feel Competent When Providing End-of-Life Care

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An analysis of select responses to a survey conducted by researchers from the College of Nursing at South Dakota State University identified oncology nurses' comfort level in handling end-of-life care and patient education.

Bacteria in Probiotics Carry Potential Risks for Immunocompromised Patients

Bacteria in Probiotics Carry Potential Risks for Immunocompromised Patients

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Should patients receiving chemotherapy take probiotics?

MOCHA App Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Achieve Weight-Loss Goals

MOCHA App Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Achieve Weight-Loss Goals

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A team from Methodist Hospital Cancer Center discuss an app developed at the facility that helps breast cancer survivors with nutrition and physical activity at SABCS 2017.

EMBRACE at Dana-Farber Improves Care in Metastatic Breast Cancer

EMBRACE at Dana-Farber Improves Care in Metastatic Breast Cancer

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A team from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute describe EMBRACE, their comprehensive care program for patients with metastatic breast cancer at SABCS 2017.

Bio-individualized Diet Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Stabilize Weight, Glucose

Bio-individualized Diet Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Stabilize Weight, Glucose

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Novel weight reduction plan helps breast cancer survivors achieve and maintain a healthy weight and glucose level, according to a presentation at SABCS 2017.

Balancing Early Palliative Care With Active Treatment in Advanced Breast Cancer

Balancing Early Palliative Care With Active Treatment in Advanced Breast Cancer

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An approach for incorporating palliative care into oncologic care early after diagnosis is explained in an education session at the 2017 SABCS.

Bundling Interventions Bridges Gender Gap in AYA Cancer Fertility Discussions

Bundling Interventions Bridges Gender Gap in AYA Cancer Fertility Discussions

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In this companion piece to our November column, we discuss the unique challenges to preserving the fertility of female patients with cancer and current options.

Opioid Epidemic Response May Be Limiting Cancer-Related Pain Management

Opioid Epidemic Response May Be Limiting Cancer-Related Pain Management

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A report on current legislation and practice trends regarding opioids and how they are affecting cancer patients' ability to manage their pain.

The Role of the Oncology Nurse in an Effective Palliative Care Family Meeting

The Role of the Oncology Nurse in an Effective Palliative Care Family Meeting

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A palliative care family meeting is an opportunity for the significant players in a patient's cancer journey to discuss the care plan. The oncology nurse has a pivotal role in ensuring the meeting effectively addresses any potential needs of the patient, caregiver, or family.

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.

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