Survivorship

Adult survivors of childhood eye cancer experience few cognitive or social setbacks

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Adult survivors of retinoblastoma, a type of eye cancer that usually develops in early childhood, are typically free from long-lasting effects, a new study shows.

Researchers suggest new follow-up model for breast cancer patients

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The surveillance and follow-up of breast cancer survivors has the potential to improve, from the perspective of both patients and the health system.

Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia benefits cancer survivors

Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia benefits cancer survivors

Significant and durable improvements in insomnia and sleep quality, with and without armodafinil

Personalized genetic test predicts recurrence risk for prostate cancer

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A genetic test has been developed to identify which men are at higher risk for prostate cancer recurrence after localized treatment with surgery or radiotherapy.

Exercise therapy benefits breast cancer survivors

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Exercise offers several benefits for breast cancer survivors, including reduced symptoms of lymphedema, according to a new study.

Navigation and survivorship: Rationalizing your program costs

Navigation and survivorship: Rationalizing your program costs

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The cost of nonbillable nursing hours needed for these programs may hinder compliance. The right technology can link treatment silos and lower this cost.

Variation seen in number of cancer survivors undergoing HIV testing

Variation seen in number of cancer survivors undergoing HIV testing

Proportion undergoing testing varies by demographic and health-related factors, and by state, a study found.

ONA Interview: Breaking the barriers to effective palliative care

ONA Interview: Breaking the barriers to effective palliative care

Oncology Nurse Advisor talked with Diane Meier, MD, about the components of quality palliative care. Dr. Meier is director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care and vice-chair for Public Policy and a professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City; she is also the co-author of a new book on palliative care.

Chest radiation to treat childhood Wilms tumor increases breast cancer risk

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A new study has found that patients who received chest radiation for Wilms tumor may be more susceptible to breast cancer later in life, due to their radiation exposure.

An episode of sudden-onset jaundice signaled pancreatic cancer in a healthy man

An episode of sudden-onset jaundice signaled pancreatic cancer in a healthy man

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After surviving pancreatic cancer, a patient learns the disease metastasized to his liver. But this patient was not ready to give up. With the support of a liver surgeon, he underwent surgery and beat his disease.

Now what? Aiding patients in planning for cancer survival

Now what? Aiding patients in planning for cancer survival

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The transition to a primary care provider after completing cancer treatment should begin with a plan that documents treatments and follow-up care.

Expressive writing improves health outcomes for breast cancer survivors

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Writing down fears, emotions, and the benefits of a cancer diagnosis may improve health outcomes for Asian American survivors of breast cancer, according to a new study. The research investigated methods of reducing the psychological burden among minority patients, particularly among breast cancer survivors.

Unhealthy habits double metabolic syndrome risk for childhood cancer survivors

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By failing to follow a heart-healthy lifestyle, 73% of adult survivors of childhood cancer more than doubled their risk of developing metabolic syndrome and related health problems, according to a new study.

Healthy lifestyle reduces metabolic syndrome risk for cancer survivors

Healthy lifestyle reduces metabolic syndrome risk for cancer survivors

Reduced risk of metabolic syndrome (MetS) has been observed in male and female childhood cancer survivors who adhere to WCRF/AICR guidelines.

Shingles vaccine found to be safe and effective after chemotherapy

Shingles vaccine found to be safe and effective after chemotherapy

The herpes zoster vaccine continues to be effective in protecting older adults against shingles, even after they undergo chemotherapy, according to a recent study.

Fewer cardiac scans in low-risk childhood cancer survivors can safely reduce costs

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A less frequent screening schedule would both reduce health care charges and still protect low-risk childhood cancer survivors from heart ailments caused by drug therapy, according to recently published findings.

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.

Robot-assisted surgery effective in controlling prostate cancer for 10 years

Robot-assisted surgery effective in controlling prostate cancer for 10 years

Results of a new study show that robot-assisted surgery to remove cancerous prostate glands is effective in controlling the disease for 10 years.

Risk of hospitalization increased for childhood cancer survivors, even years after treatment

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Survivors of childhood cancers were hospitalized more often and had longer hospital admissions many years after cancer treatment was completed, compared with the general population.

'Financial Toxicity' tool created to assist cancer patients

'Financial Toxicity' tool created to assist cancer patients

A four-step process involving 155 patients with cancer was used to develop patient-reported outcome measure.

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.

Growing pains noted in survey on moving toward quality patient-centered care

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In order to meet new cancer program accreditation standards, institutions have placed new focus on patient navigation, psychosocial distress screening, and survivorship care plans.

Patient navigation: Is it a process or person?

Patient navigation: Is it a process or person?

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Optimum, risk-based survivorship health care is a provision of lifelong care that integrates cancer and survivorship experiences in survivors' overall health care needs.

Integrative model of nurse navigation enhances survivorship care

Integrative model of nurse navigation enhances survivorship care

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A new cancer diagnosis encompasses multiple physician visits and procedures, and can produce overwhelming stress for all involved.

Survivorship program helps patients embrace life after treatment ends

Survivorship program helps patients embrace life after treatment ends

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Nurses at a community cancer center in Minneapolis described the Celebration of Life Cancer Survivorship Evening Program they developed in a presentation at the 2014 NCONN Conference.

ACS predicts that cancer survivors will number nearly 19 million by 2024

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The number of cancer survivors in the United States, currently estimated at 14.5 million, will grow to almost 19 million by 2024, according to an updated report by the American Cancer Society.

New care guidelines issued for prostate cancer survivors

New care guidelines issued for prostate cancer survivors

New guidelines have been developed for clinical follow-up care for prostate cancer survivors. Issues addressed include health promotion, surveillance for recurrence, and new primaries.

MRI catches breast cancer early in at-risk survivors of childhood Hodgkin lymphoma

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The largest clinical study to evaluate breast cancer screening of female survivors of childhood Hodgkin lymphoma, showed that MRI detected invasive breast tumors at very early stages, when cure rates are expected to be excellent.

ACS Releases Long-Term Primary Care Guidelines for Prostate Cancer Survivors

ACS Releases Long-Term Primary Care Guidelines for Prostate Cancer Survivors

The American Cancer Society released a set of guidelines addressing the long-term primary care for survivors of prostate cancer. The guidelines outline follow-up care, monitoring for recurrence, and screening for secondary primary cancers. They also reiterate the need to educate survivors about physical exercise and smoking cessation.

Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors Report Cognitive, Sexual Late Effects

Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors Report Cognitive, Sexual Late Effects

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Adult and young adult cancer survivors face cognitive and sexual late effects from cancer and its treatment, according to data compiled from an online cancer survivorship care planning tool presented at the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting.

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