Reflections

Managing obesity should be part of cancer care

Managing obesity should be part of cancer care

Effective weight management can enhance cancer treatment, improve patient outcomes, and reduce incidence of recurrence and mortality. As with encouraging smoking cessation, oncologists should talk to patients about achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

Achieving clinical trial participation through cooperative networks

Achieving clinical trial participation through cooperative networks

Clinical trials could benefit from a greater number of participants with a dedicated cooperative network to support rural community cancer centers.

Out of Africa: Lessons on being a nurse

Out of Africa: Lessons on being a nurse

After participating in a mission trip, an oncology nurse realizes she got more out of her African adventure than she gave to the children of the small village outside Nairobi, Kenya.

Who called this code?

Who called this code?

Have you ever felt the lasting effect of overhearing an offhand criticism about a clinical decision you made? This nurse reminds her colleagues that they need to advocate for their care as well as their patients.

Medical futility: Turning 
to the ethics committee

Medical futility: Turning 
to the ethics committee

End-of-life care and decisions can be difficult for health care providers. Consulting the ethics committee can provide needed support for the final decision.

An extraordinary nursing moment to remember

An extraordinary nursing moment to remember

An opportunity to put basic clinical skills to the test demonstrates the depth of nursing skills for this nurse.

Seeing the forest for the trees

Seeing the forest for the trees

The search for the cause of a patient's fatigue and shortness of breath reminded a nurse to remember the little details in the big picture.

Our pal Joey

Our pal Joey

A young boy is determined to get the answers to questions about his father's radiation treatments, and the treatment team is happy to oblige.

Mr. B.—or why I became an oncology nurse

Mr. B.—or why I became an oncology nurse

A new nurse welcomed the challenge of providing care and compassion to a difficult patient. The experience shed light on why she chose this career.

A human touch can have lasting effects

A human touch can have lasting effects

Past and present come together when, after 20 years, the wfie of a former patient contacts the author with a special request.

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