Online Program Aims to Assist With Clinical Trial Enrollment for Hematologic Cancers

A newly developed web site, described in a presentation at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress, aims to help nurses and patients explore clinical trial options for patients with hematologic cancers.

Education May Better Equip Nurses to Hold End-of-Life Conversations in Advanced Cancer

That better informed patients can make better end-of-life decisions is well-known; however, nurse perception may be a barrier to earlier discussions. This project, presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress, sought to determine the effect of better informed nurses.

Skipping the SICU Post Head and Neck Cancer Surgery May Improve Outcomes

A study presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress explored whether patients can safely bypass SICU after HNC surgery, transferring directly from PACU to a specialized unit within the SO.

Internal Benchmarking Improves Nurse Workflow, Staffing in Radiation Oncology

A review of oncology radiation nurse workload led to new benchmarks for staffing and reduced over/under staffing, according to a presentation at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress.

Flu, Pneumonia Vaccination Rates in Cancer Patients Improved With Nurse-Driven Protocol

A nurse-drive protocol tackled the influenza and pneumococcal vaccine uptake rates at an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center, according to a presentation at 2018 ONS Annual Congress.

Accurate Understanding of Capacity May Improve Workflow, Efficiency in Infusion Suite

A nursing staff workflow and capacity study resulted in an overhaul of nurse scheduling in an infusion clinic. Results were presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress.

Scalp Cooling With Dignicap May Reduce Alopecia During Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

A study results presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress demonstrated that incorporating scalp cooling with the Dignicap device prior to chemotherapy for breast cancer may reduce treatment-related alopecia.

Developing Multidisciplinary Algorithm for AML Induction in Elderly Benefits Nurses

Teaming up with multiple specialists to create an algorithm for managing AML in older patients improved clinician knowledge as well as provided patient-centered care, a presentation at 2018 ONS Annual Congress has shown.

Reflexology, Aromatherapy May Reduce Pain, Anxiety of Brachytherapy for Cervical Cancer

A study presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress explored whether aromatherapy and reflexology can ease anxiety and pain for patients undergoing brachytherapy for cervical cancer.

Low Level Laser Therapy May Prevent Oral Mucositis During HSCT Conditioning

Researchers assessed the effectiveness of low level laser therapy in preventing or minimizing oral mucositis in patients with hematologic cancers preparing to undergo HSCT. Results were presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress.

Impact of CONNECT Intervention on Nurses' Experiences in Palliative Care

Nurses who completed training and practiced CONNECT were interviewed to glean their perspective of the intervention on their personal and professional fulfillment. Results were presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress.

Oncology Extended Care Clinic Reduced Urgent Cancer-Related ED Visits

Oncology extended care clinics were shown to significantly improve urgent care needs of patients with cancer without unnecessarily burdening the ED or compromising patient care, according to a presentation at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress.

Posttreatment Visual Function, Ocular Symptoms Impact QOL in Head and Neck Cancer

A link between visual function, ocular symptoms, and quality of life was found in cross-sectional study of patients who underwent radiotherapy for head and neck cancers, according to a presentation at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress.

Symptoms, Quality of Life May Improve During Hospitalization for Acute Leukemia

Results of a prospective, longitudinal study presented at 2018 ONS Congress demonstrate improvement from baseline to discharge patients with acute leukemia who receive induction chemotherapy in hospital.

Electronic Self-Report Assessment-Cancer May Preserve Physical Function in Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

Research presented at the 2018 ONS Congress reported on the effectiveness of ESRA-C, a web-based assessment and self-care intervention program, in the management of CIPN in patients receiving platinum and/or taxane-based chemotherapy.

Understanding Nurses' Knowledge, Beliefs, Skills in Caring for LGBT Patients

Researchers at an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center measured nurses' knowledge, beliefs, and skills regarding caring for LGB and transgender patients as a step toward improving health care for this patient population. Their results were presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress.

Dedicated End-of-Life Education Program Improves Nurses' Care, Patient and Family Satisfaction

A nurse-education program focused on end-of-life care that is compassionate for all involved in the cancer continuum — patients, their families, and the nurses — led to a hospital-wide educational program, introducing extensive changes and collaboration among nurses.

Class Preps Patients With AML for Successful At-Home Symptom Management and Self-Care

A presentation at 2018 ONS Congress described the success of a class focused on preparing patients and their families to management their care after discharge.

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