Patient Self-care

A novel way to get patients to eat their fruits and vegetables: Have them grow their own!

A novel way to get patients to eat their fruits and vegetables: Have them grow their own!

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A novel program helps patients with cancer eat better by helping them grow their own fruits and vegetables.

Lifestyle choices may lower metabolic syndrome risk of for cancer survivors

Lifestyle choices may lower metabolic syndrome risk of for cancer survivors

A study conducted by researchers based at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has determined that healthy lifestyle choices can help cancer survivors avoid the metabolic syndrome.

Book Offers Information for Women about Breast Cancer

Book Offers Information for Women about Breast Cancer

Although most women are aware of breast cancer and know someone who has battled the disease, hearing the words "You have cancer" can be a traumatic experience. They can be easily overwhelmed by the information presented during a consult with their doctor. This new book can help them manage their cancer care.

Trends in cancer care: The power of the e-patient

Trends in cancer care: The power of the e-patient

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Not all e-patients are Internet savvy, but they are engaged, educated, equipped, and enabled to be experts and equal partners in their care.

Home colon cancer test approval recommended by FDA

Home colon cancer test approval recommended by FDA

DNA analysis of stool boosts accuracy rate of Cologuard to more than 90 percent, researchers say.

AAD: Skin cancer self-treatment detrimental

AAD: Skin cancer self-treatment detrimental

Most self-treatments for skin cancer result in poor cosmoses, and extensive tissue damage is observed in more than one-third of such cases.

Out-of-pocket costs influence adherence to treatment

Out-of-pocket costs influence adherence to treatment

Many patients skip doses or stop taking medication entirely when their share of the costs becomes too high.

Out-of-pocket costs determine treatment adherence for cancer patients

Out-of-pocket costs determine treatment adherence for cancer patients

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When a patient's share of prescription costs becomes too high, many patients skip doses or stop taking medication entirely, according to new research.

Smart phone photos for easier detection of pediatric eye cancer

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Can parents use digital cameras and smart phones to potentially screen their children for the most common form of pediatric eye cancer? Researchers believe so.

Online communication can reduce depression in cancer

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Women with breast cancer felt less depressed after creating personal websites that allowed them to chronicle their cancer experiences online and stay in touch with their social networks.

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.

Study suggests 10-year colonoscopy rescreen not needed after first negative result

It may be reasonable to use methods other than colonoscopy to rescreen people who had negative results on their first screening colonoscopy.

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.

Remind patients that supplements can have adverse effects

Persons with cancer who use herbs or dietary supplements are at risk for harmful drug interactions, a new study has reiterated.

Lymphedema best managed through exercise and complete decongestive therapy

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Self-care is an essential part of treating patients with lymphedema, with full-body exercise and complete decongestive therapy being the best ways to minimize symptoms and maintain quality of life.

Aspirin helps in some cancers

Aspirin helps in some cancers

Differences in the impact of aspirin in various forms of cancer are highlighted in two studies recently published in the oncology literature.

Patients could use more pointed guidance on exercise

Patients could use more pointed guidance on exercise

Support from oncology clinicians can encourage people with cancer to adopt an exercise regimen that can help relieve their symptoms and improve their function.

Patient navigation services improve time to diagnosis and care for vulnerable patients

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For female patients with an abnormal breast or cervical cancer screening result, patient navigation services help to decrease the time to diagnosis and helps vulnerable populations get the care they need in a timely manner.

Memory and thought-process training promising for managing breast cancer symptoms

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Memory and thought-process speed may be improved in breast cancer survivors, who often complain of problems with memory or feelings of mental slowness. A memory training program can improve memory performance, according to a recent study.

Developing confidence keeps breast cancer survivors exercising

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Breast cancer survivors who develop such behavioral skills as self-confidence and motivation are much more likely to continue exercising on their own after leaving a supervised exercise program.

Direct-mail FOBT kits bridge colorectal screening gap

The mailing of fecal occult blood test (FOBT) kits boosted colorectal cancer screening rates in a low-income, racially diverse patient population.

Make November 15 
the first day of 
a smoke-free life

Make November 15 
the first day of 
a smoke-free life

Information and resources to help patients quit smoking and resources to help patients cope with lung cancer and its treatment.

MyCancerCircle creates a community of caregivers

MyCancerCircle creates a community of caregivers

People with cancer and their caregivers can turn to a new Web site to help answer the question from concerned relatives and friends, "What can I do to help?"

Psychosocial needs of young adults with cancer not being met

Persons with cancer aged 20 to 29 years were less likely than others to use mental health services and more likely to have unmet information needs.

The ONA interview: Coordinating with specialty pharmacies

ONA talked to an oncology nurse with Walgreens' cycle management program about how this novel program helps patients and clinicians better manage outpatient oral chemotherapy.

Colorectal risk defined for childhood cancer survivors

Childhood cancer survivors may need earlier colorectal cancer screening, especially if abdominal radiation was part of their treatment.

Coping With a Diagnosis of CLL

Coping With a Diagnosis of CLL

Patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia can use these tips to help manage practical and emotional concerns.

Filgrastim vs pegfilgrastim: A quality of life issue for children

Filgrastim vs pegfilgrastim: A quality of life issue for children

Administration, safety, and efficacy are similar in both agents. However, the frequency of administration makes a significant difference for patients.

Fertility preservation talks are more direct for men than for women

Fertility preservation talks are more direct for men than for women

Sperm banking is viewed as a routine part of oncology care for men, but few women discuss their fertility options at diagnosis.

CT lung screening useful for some smokers, but drawbacks remain

Annual lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography may benefit some smokers, but uncertainty exists as to the harms of screening.

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