Patient Resources

Upgraded Prostate Cancer Risk Calculator 2.0, with emojis, is available online

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A calculator to help men and their doctors assess the risk of prostate cancer has had a major upgrade to enhance men's and their physicians' understanding of a man's risk of prostate cancer.

Wikipedia Drug Entries Often Not Up-to-Date

Wikipedia Drug Entries Often Not Up-to-Date

Patients frequently turn to digital media for drug information; however, many Wikipedia entries about medications aren't up-to-date and accurate.

Specialized apps extend the reach of community

Specialized apps extend the reach of community

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In Alabama, smartphone technology brings regional resources to patients with cancer; in New Jersey, it motivates adolescent survivors to exercise.

Statewide organization brings navigators together in a unified mission

Statewide organization brings navigators together in a unified mission

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The Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia is a unique statewide organization of people serving people with all types of cancer, at all stages, in all types of settings, with a diversity of education and training and a shared mission.

Developing an innovative online cancer information center

Developing an innovative online cancer information center

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An increasingly complex environment for cancer care and research highlights the need to streamline access to cancer information, especially clinical trials.

Majority of Wikipedia health articles contain errors

Majority of Wikipedia health articles contain errors

Ninety percent of health articles on Wikipedia contain errors, new study finds.

Website information on colon cancer too complex and misses key concerns

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Popular web information on colorectal cancer is too difficult for most lay people to read and does not address the appropriate concerns of patients, suggests a new study.

Disclosing a diagnosis to children: Tell or not tell?

Disclosing a diagnosis to children: Tell or not tell?

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A significant part of counseling patients with cancer is offering guidance on when and how to tell their children about their diagnosis.

Patients now allowed to access lab test results

Patients now allowed to access lab test results

Final rule relating to HIPAA allows patient or personal representative to access results directly from the laboratory.

Tablet-based system of care aids autonomy for patients on their journey to survivorship

Tablet-based system of care aids autonomy for patients on their journey to survivorship

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Novel program provides patients with a computer tablet preloaded with app and links to information, data, and providers specific to their care.

Easing patients' transition to survivorship

Easing patients' transition to survivorship

Survivorship plans should be based on patients' answers to these basic questions about their goals and wishes after treatment ends.

Nurses can validate patient navigation programs

Nurses can validate patient navigation programs

Demonstrating the value of patient navigation programs is essential for sustaining these initiatives in community cancer centers, and nurses play a key role.

Psychosocial support: Meeting the standard for quality patient care

Psychosocial support: Meeting the standard for quality patient care

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Clinicians and even patients themselves tend to undervalue the need for help with nonclinical concerns.

Skin cancer self-detection aided by visual aids

Skin cancer self-detection aided by visual aids

The most effective images for skin self-examination are mole-mapping diagrams, baseline and lesions changing over time photographs.

Interactive tool from FDA educates patients about drug development

Interactive tool from FDA educates patients about drug development

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced the launch of a new interactive tool for educating patients, their advocates, and consumers about the processes involved in medication development.

Research findings show how rural hospitals can make cancer care more accessible

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Significant portions of Iowa's population were found to be an excessive distance from full-service cancer care centers, according to a recent study. However, that number drops significantly if visiting consultant clinics in rural hospitals are taken into consideration.

Dietary information for patients undergoing chemotherapy

Dietary information for patients undergoing chemotherapy

Is there an evidence-based booklet on cancer and diet available for patients undergoing chemotherapy? Is there any evidence that sugar causes cancer?

Ingredients to look for in a sunscreen

Ingredients to look for in a sunscreen

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What are the two most important ingredients to look for in sunscreen?

Drug allocation during a shortage

Drug allocation during a shortage

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What criteria are used at facilities to determine which patients receive drugs during an extreme drug shortage when only a limited supply is available within the facility? How is this issue communicated to patients, if at all?

Financial support and 
resources are essential
 to cancer care

Financial support and 
resources are essential
 to cancer care

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The financial burden of a cancer diagnosis can be significant. Oncology nurses should familiarize themselves with the organizations that can help patients.

Intervention helps mothers of children diagnosed with cancer

Intervention helps mothers of children diagnosed with cancer

Bright IDEAS problem-solving skills training improves mood, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress in mothers of children recently diagnosed with cancer.

Consejos para los proveedores de cuidado: ¿Cómo puede ayudarse usted mismo? (Caring Advice for Caregivers: How Can You Help Yourself?)

Consejos para los proveedores de cuidado: ¿Cómo puede ayudarse usted mismo? (Caring Advice for Caregivers: How Can You Help Yourself?)

This fact sheet offers Spanish-speaking caregivers tips about how to take time to care for themselves.

Diagnostic Tests for Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Diagnostic Tests for Early-Stage Breast Cancer

This fact sheet provides an overview to patients of the general diagnostic tests that are used to determine their tumor type.

Living with Grief: How Can You Help Yourself?

Living with Grief: How Can You Help Yourself?

The death of a loved one is life-changing. This fact sheet offers tips to caregivers and loved ones focused around caring for themselves during this difficult time.

Helping Teenagers Who Have Lost a Parent

Helping Teenagers Who Have Lost a Parent

This fact sheet offers tips for helping teenagers cope with the loss of a parent to cancer.

Toolkit helps manage life after cancer treatment

Toolkit helps manage life after cancer treatment

A new Survivorship Toolkit offers patients posttreatment self-care plans, wallet-sized information cards, and a calendar for keeping track of appointments.

Finding Emotional Support for Long-Term Illness

Finding Emotional Support for Long-Term Illness

Patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia can use these tips to help manage the emotional challenges of coping with a long-term disease.

Tips for Managing Nausea and Increasing Appetite During Cancer Treatment

Tips for Managing Nausea and Increasing Appetite During Cancer Treatment

This fact sheet contains tips for patients dealing with nausea and loss of appetite resulting from cancer treatment.

If You've Just Been Diagnosed

If You've Just Been Diagnosed

These tips can help new cancer patients understand treatment options, learn about side effects, and address any concerns they may have.

ONS Connections: Participatory nutrition education effective for patients with gastrectomy

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A nutritional education program for patients with gastrectomy improved knowledge, oral intake, adherence to diet guidelines, and patient satisfaction compared with patients who received usual nutrition education.

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