Patient Preferences

Second Opinions Rarely Change Prostate Cancer Decisions

Second Opinions Rarely Change Prostate Cancer Decisions

The impact of additional opinions on patient decision-making is limited.

An App for Intubated Cancer Patients: Giving Voice to the Voiceless

An App for Intubated Cancer Patients: Giving Voice to the Voiceless

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A nurse develops a tablet app that helps intubated patients communicate with their nurses, caregivers, and families.

Study Suggests More Men With Prostate Cancer Would Choose Active Surveillance if it Were Offered

Study Suggests More Men With Prostate Cancer Would Choose Active Surveillance if it Were Offered

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Researchers analyzed data from the NPCR of Sweden to determine whether more US men with prostate cancer would choose active surveillance if it were presented as a treatment option.

POLST Programs Can Benefit from the Relationship Between Patients and Nurse Practitioners

POLST Programs Can Benefit from the Relationship Between Patients and Nurse Practitioners

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POLST Programs Can Benefit From the APRN-Patient Relationship

Novel Colonoscopy Prep Is Poised to Improve Screening Rates for Colon Cancer

Novel Colonoscopy Prep Is Poised to Improve Screening Rates for Colon Cancer

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Novel preparation formulation is as effective and safe as current colon prep for colonoscopy. Plus, study participants gave the prep experience a high satisfaction rating.

Cancer Patients Have Unrealistic Hopes When Entering Clinical Trials

Cancer Patients Have Unrealistic Hopes When Entering Clinical Trials

Questionnaires completed by patients with cancer considering enrollment in early-stage clinical trials indicate they may have unrealistic expectations.

Sexual Dissatisfaction Prevalent Among Cancer Survivors, Especially in Women

Sexual Dissatisfaction Prevalent Among Cancer Survivors, Especially in Women

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Older cancer survivors' self-reports of sexual activity and functioning are comparable to age-matched people without cancer; despite this, sexual dissatisfaction is more prevalent among cancer survivors than age-matched cancer-free persons.

Distress Increases Likelihood of Choosing Surgery for Localized Prostate Cancer

Distress Increases Likelihood of Choosing Surgery for Localized Prostate Cancer

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Emotional distress is associated with an increased likelihood of opting for surgery among men with localized prostate cancer.

Predictors Identified for Switching to Active Treatment in Prostate Cancer

Predictors Identified for Switching to Active Treatment in Prostate Cancer

Ethnicity influences patient decision to pursue active treatment and serial biopsies in active surveillance

Quality of Life Not Affected by Active Surveillance of Prostate Cancer

Quality of Life Not Affected by Active Surveillance of Prostate Cancer

Choosing no treatment and regular check-ups didn't seem to stress men with low-risk disease

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.

How Can We Have a Cancer Cure Moonshot if We're Short of Fuel?

How Can We Have a Cancer Cure Moonshot if We're Short of Fuel?

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Cancer research relies of patients with cancer to participate in clinical trials. However, many patients cite various fears and misconceptions — some supported by physicians - as reasons for why they decline to participate in clinical trials.

Health Care Reform Has No Impact on Role of Safety-Net Hospitals in Providing Care to Minority Patient Populations

Health Care Reform Has No Impact on Role of Safety-Net Hospitals in Providing Care to Minority Patient Populations

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After implementation of health insurance reforms in Massachusetts that also expanded access to care to non-safety-net hospitals, researchers found that minority-serving hospitals are vital to providing care for these patient populations.

Adhering to Patient Preferences Improves Patient Comfort During Skin Cancer Screening

Adhering to Patient Preferences Improves Patient Comfort During Skin Cancer Screening

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To improve patient comfort during full-body skin cancer screenings, dermatologists should respect patients' preferences for the gender of the examining clinician and for how the genital area is examined.

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.

Significant Rise in Preventive Mastectomies for U.S. Women Over Past Decade

Significant Rise in Preventive Mastectomies for U.S. Women Over Past Decade

Patients with breast cancer increasingly opt to have the healthy breast removed, despite limited benefit.

Opting for Active Surveillance Increasing Among Men With Low-grade Prostate Cancer

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Patients with slow-growing prostate cancer are increasingly opting for active surveillance and only changing treatment plan if the disease changes to a higher risk form to avoid unnecessary and potentially toxic treatments.

Few Patients Wish to Receive Skin Cancer Biopsy Results in Person

Few Patients Wish to Receive Skin Cancer Biopsy Results in Person

Patients with suspected malignant melanoma or squamous cell carcinoma prefer other means to receive their biopsy results than face-to-face.

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.

Satisfaction With Navigators Associated With Satisfaction With Cancer-related Care

Satisfaction With Navigators Associated With Satisfaction With Cancer-related Care

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A new study has linked satisfaction with nurse navigators to satisfaction with cancer-related care.

Patients and Families Cite Value of Nurse Practitioners

Patients and Families Cite Value of Nurse Practitioners

Patients and their families believe that teams that include nurse practitioners are more effective, according to recent research.

Patient Satisfaction With Doctors Increasing

Patient Satisfaction With Doctors Increasing

Physician's expertise, time spent in exam room, and online access to info were key factors in trend.

Complementary and Integrative Health Therapies Are Commonly Used by Hospitalized Patients With Cancer

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More than 95% of hospitalized patients with cancer express interest in complementary and integrative health (CIH) approaches if these therapies are offered to them during their hospital stay.

Lower-Income Cancer Patients Show Decreased Trial Participation

Lower-Income Cancer Patients Show Decreased Trial Participation

Cancer trial participation decreases with decreasing annual household income, according to recent data.

Adolescent Stem Cell Donors: Benefits, Burdens, and Risks of Being a Lifeline for a Sibling

Adolescent Stem Cell Donors: Benefits, Burdens, and Risks of Being a Lifeline for a Sibling

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Psychosocial support for donor siblings of bone marrow transplant patients is a significant part of the care provided by the transplant team.

They Asked You: Conversations at the Cancer Patient's Bedside

They Asked You: Conversations at the Cancer Patient's Bedside

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Patients' constant proximity to nurses gives them opportunities and the ease of familiarity to ask difficult questions. When answering, nurses should remember that part of the answer is the patient's choice of who to ask.

Dedicated Discovery

Dedicated Discovery

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After undergoing seven cancer-related surgeries, this survivor used her experience to develop a product that makes acute postsurgical period easier for patients.

DNR Orders Often Do Not Align With Poor Prognosis

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Although do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders after in-hospital cardiac arrest were generally aligned with patients' likelihood of favorable neurological survival, almost two-thirds of patients with the worst prognosis did not have DNR orders, according to a new study.

New risk score for colorectal cancer could guide selection of screening tests

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A new risk assessment scoring system could help physicians determine which patients can forgo invasive colonoscopy for cancer screening and which patients should undergo the procedure.

Religion, physicians, and surrogate decision-makers in the ICU

Religion, physicians, and surrogate decision-makers in the ICU

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Religious or spiritual considerations were discussed in 16% of family meetings in ICUs, but health care professionals only rarely explored the patient's or family's religious or spiritual ideas.

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