Patient Education

Video Tool to Increase Breast Cancer Clinical Trial Participation Among Black Women

Video Tool to Increase Breast Cancer Clinical Trial Participation Among Black Women

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A new tool may show promise for improving clinical trial participation among black women with breast cancer, according to a study presented at the 2016 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS).

Latina Breast Cancer Survivors Experience Gaps in Survivorship Care

Latina Breast Cancer Survivors Experience Gaps in Survivorship Care

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A study using focus groups identifies barriers that impact the quality of survivorship care for Latina women with breast cancer.

Decision Aids Help Patients Understand Lung Cancer Screening

Decision Aids Help Patients Understand Lung Cancer Screening

Patient understanding of lung cancer screening increased after participation in focus groups.

New CRC Screening Option Opens the Door for New Conversations

New CRC Screening Option Opens the Door for New Conversations

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A new colorectal cancer (CRC) screening test that can be done in the privacy of patients' homes, at their convenience, and with no prep needed may help patients overcome their reticence.

Patients' and Caregivers' Misperceptions Continue to Stigmatize Palliative Care

Patients' and Caregivers' Misperceptions Continue to Stigmatize Palliative Care

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Oncology nurses face a difficult challenge in getting patients to consider palliative care because despite knowing that palliative care is comfort care, many patients and caregivers still equate it with end of life.

Social Media Platforms Assist Cancer Patients During Treatment Journey in Many Ways

Social Media Platforms Assist Cancer Patients During Treatment Journey in Many Ways

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Social media has become a mainstay of day-to-day life. For patients with cancer, it can be a lifeline to unprecedented support that is unique to their needs.

Decision Support and Shared Decision Making Help Patients Choose Plan for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer

Decision Support and Shared Decision Making Help Patients Choose Plan for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer

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Using an online decision-support tool led to most men with low-risk prostate cancer choosing active surveillance with less conflict about their decision.

Significant Increase in US Cancer Center Advertising Seen in Past Decade

Significant Increase in US Cancer Center Advertising Seen in Past Decade

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US cancer centers have dramatically increased their spending on advertising to promote their services, and the bulk of this spending was by for-profit organizations.

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.

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.

Barriers to Understanding Pancreatic Cancer Can Be Overcome With Improvements to Online Health Information

Barriers to Understanding Pancreatic Cancer Can Be Overcome With Improvements to Online Health Information

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Available information on pancreatic cancer was written at too high a level and contained inaccuracies regarding alternative therapies, a recent study has shown.

Precision Medicine Resource Center Improves Patient Education

Precision Medicine Resource Center Improves Patient Education

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A nurse-managed precision cancer treatment education resource center may improve information dissemination about genomic health and targeted therapy.

Central Venous Catheter Self-management Education Program Effective

Central Venous Catheter Self-management Education Program Effective

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A central venous catheter self-management education program is an effective nursing intervention to promote long-term self-management of a CVC for discharged patients with cancer.

Retooled Patient Medication Education in Oncology Improves HCAHPS Survey Scores

Retooled Patient Medication Education in Oncology Improves HCAHPS Survey Scores

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Patient responses to the medication questions on the HCAHPS survey demonstrate improved understanding of their medications after implementation of an improved patient education process.

Patient Satisfaction Improves With Nurse-led Response to Patient Feedback

Patient Satisfaction Improves With Nurse-led Response to Patient Feedback

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A nurse-directed independent survey for patient feedback can inform measurable improvements in patient education and satisfaction survey scores.

Including Information on Breast Reconstruction Options Help Women Make Better Treatment Decisions

Including Information on Breast Reconstruction Options Help Women Make Better Treatment Decisions

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Comprehensive patient education that includes information on breast reconstruction, with photos, can help women with breast cancer make more informed decisions about their treatment options.

AYA Patient Survivorship Program Created to Improve Quality of Life

AYA Patient Survivorship Program Created to Improve Quality of Life

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An AYA patient survivorship program jointly designed by a cancer institute and a community organization educates patients about their oncologic history and the effects of therapy, as well as provides resources to improve quality of life.

Home Visits From Promotora Increased Breast Cancer Screening Rates Among Latinas

Home Visits From Promotora Increased Breast Cancer Screening Rates Among Latinas

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Latina women in the United States nearly doubled their rate of screening for breast cancer after visits from a health-promoting promotora.

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.

Patient Education Prior to Oncologist Visit Improves Knowledge and Attitude Toward Clinical Trials

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Patient education on clinical trials prior to the first oncologic visit improves knowledge, attitudes, and preparation for decision making about clinical trials.

Patients With Advanced Breast Cancer Address an International Conference About Misleading Disease-Specific Messages

Patients With Advanced Breast Cancer Address an International Conference About Misleading Disease-Specific Messages

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Patients with advanced breast cancer spoke out about the damaging messages some organizations issue about advanced breast cancer. They need to be identified and educated to change the way they talk about the disease.

Communication Practices of Many US Physicians May Be Discouraging HPV Vaccination

Communication Practices of Many US Physicians May Be Discouraging HPV Vaccination

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Many pediatricians and primary care physicians reported communicating about HPV vaccination with parents in ways that likely discourage them from having their children vaccinated.

Understanding the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Patient: Tips and Tools for Health Care Professionals

Understanding the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Patient: Tips and Tools for Health Care Professionals

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Although treatment options are different and recurrence rates higher for triple negative breast cancer, patients with this subtype of the disease can be hopeful for good treatment outcomes.

Training for Patients with Melanoma and Their Partners on Skin Examinations

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Skin self-examination (SSE) training to aid early detection of melanoma recurrence is beneficial for patients with melanoma and their partners, and has additional benefits for those who report having low relationship quality because it gives them activities to do together.

Health literacy and older adults: Strategies for integration

Health literacy and older adults: Strategies for integration

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Age-related decline in older patients further complicates their ability to maintain an adequate health literacy level. This discussion presents key points to help nurses improve the health literacy of their older patients.

Counseling cancer survivors on family building options

Counseling cancer survivors on family building options

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A leading cancer institute developed an online course that teaches oncology nurses about cancer survivors' fertility options and prospects for adoption.

Many young cancer patients may have limited awareness of fertility preservation options

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A new study points to the need for increased awareness of fertility preservation options for young patients with cancer.

Understanding the stress of Latina cancer patients

Understanding the stress of Latina cancer patients

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Cultural differences in the Latino community result in unique stressors for these patients after a cancer diagnosis. This study identified some of those stressors.

Navigators have a key role in using genetics and genomics for cancer risk identification

Navigators have a key role in using genetics and genomics for cancer risk identification

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DENVER, CO—The nurse navigator's role in cancer risk identification is three-fold. Despite the changes brought on by genetic/genomics, aspects of the nursing role are consistent with the essential competencies required of all professional nurses, according to a presentation at the 2015 Oncology Nurse Advisor Navigation Summit.

Attitudes and beliefs drive use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among cancer patients

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A new study explored the reasons why cancer patients use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

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