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Navigating Patients with Hematologic Malignancies

Navigating Patients with Hematologic Malignancies

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Patients with hematologic cancers often require a combination of inpatient and outpatient care. The oncology nurse navigator is an ideal care provider to help patients manage their care and transitions between care settings, according to a presentation at the 2018 ONA Navigation Summit.

Lung Cancer: What Nurse Navigators Need to Know in 2018

Lung Cancer: What Nurse Navigators Need to Know in 2018

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There have been many recent changes in lung cancer, including updated early detection possibilities and changes in diagnostic procedures, reporting, and treatment options. These are reviewed in a presentation at the 2018 ONA Navigation Summit.

Navigating the Benefits and Challenges of Immunotherapy

Navigating the Benefits and Challenges of Immunotherapy

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A review of immunotherapy — what they are, how they work, and what to watch for — was presented at the 2018 ONA Navigation Summit.

Difficult Conversations: The Role of Nurse Navigator

Difficult Conversations: The Role of Nurse Navigator

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Suggestions for communication points that improve the experience of patients with cancer through nurse navigation were presented at the 2018 ONA Navigation Summit.

Navigating Patients With Gastrointestinal Cancer

Navigating Patients With Gastrointestinal Cancer

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The unique challenges that face both oncology nurse navigators specializing in gastrointestinal cancer and patients with these diseases are reviewed in a presentation at the 2018 ONA Navigation Summit.

Navigating Patients With Head and Neck Cancer: Important Roles and Responsibilities of the Oncology Nurse Navigator

Navigating Patients With Head and Neck Cancer: Important Roles and Responsibilities of the Oncology Nurse Navigator

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The head and neck oncology nurse navigator (ONN) is a unique and critical position to help patients, their families, and their caregivers as they face their diagnosis and undergo treatment.

Developing a Specialty Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic

Developing a Specialty Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic

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Creating a multidisciplinary breast clinic can ensure that patients with breast cancer receive care that is timely, effective, and efficient, according to a presentation at the 2018 ONA Navigation Summit.

Development of App Aimed at Improving Patient Navigation Services in Underserved Populations

Development of App Aimed at Improving Patient Navigation Services in Underserved Populations

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The technology will facilitate data entry for patient navigation activities, evaluation of one or more patient navigators (PNs), and generate reports.

The Health Care Mortgage: Understanding the Complexities of Financial Toxicity

The Health Care Mortgage: Understanding the Complexities of Financial Toxicity

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Cost of cancer care is more than co-pays for medications and treatment. Cancer can affect a patient's ability to work compounding the financial costs of their care, as described in this presentation at the 2018 ONA Navigation Summit.

Building a Navigation Program: A Review of the Key Components

Building a Navigation Program: A Review of the Key Components

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A discussion and review of how to develop a successful nurse or patient navigation program is presented at the 2018 ONA Navigation Summit.

Advanced Concepts in Oncology Navigation

Advanced Concepts in Oncology Navigation

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Now well established within the cancer care continuum, this presentation at the 2018 ONA Navigation Summit discussed the forces expanding the use of oncology navigation as well as the evolving role of the oncology nurse navigator.

The Importance of Self Care for Oncology Nurse Navigators: Resilience and Empowerment

The Importance of Self Care for Oncology Nurse Navigators: Resilience and Empowerment

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Oncology nurse navigators tend to forget the most important person in the cancer care continuum: themselves. In this keynote presentation at the 2018 ONA Navigation Summit, Deborah Boyle, RN, MSN, AOCNS®, FAAN, talks about the importance of self care.

Association Between Multiple Myeloma With VTE and Increased Mortality at 2, 5 Years

Association Between Multiple Myeloma With VTE and Increased Mortality at 2, 5 Years

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A study presented at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting investigated the mortality risk for patients with multiple myeloma who develop VTE.

Weekend Admission for Acute Leukemia Negatively Affects Mortality Rate

Weekend Admission for Acute Leukemia Negatively Affects Mortality Rate

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An assessment of more than 71,000 patients with leukemia demonstrated the difference in outcomes for patients admitted to hospital on the weekend vs weekday. Findings were presented at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting.

Intervention With Lay Health Workers Has Positive Effect on Cancer Patients' Experience

Intervention With Lay Health Workers Has Positive Effect on Cancer Patients' Experience

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An intervention utilizing lay health workers supervised by NPs lowered health care costs and improved patient satisfaction.

Head and Neck Cancer Survival Improved When irAEs Occur During Anti-PD-1 Therapy

Head and Neck Cancer Survival Improved When irAEs Occur During Anti-PD-1 Therapy

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Researchers evaluated whether the development of irAEsc among patients with metastatic head and neck cancer who have failed platinum-based chemotherapy could improve patient outcomes.

Dexrazoxane May Reduce Cardiotoxicity in Pediatric AML

Dexrazoxane May Reduce Cardiotoxicity in Pediatric AML

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Children's Oncology Group study reported on the effect of dexrazoxane on cardiotoxicity of anthracycline-containing regimens in pediatric patients with AML at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting.

Walking Program Improved Physical Function, But Not Fatigue, After RT for Breast Cancer

Walking Program Improved Physical Function, But Not Fatigue, After RT for Breast Cancer

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In a multicenter phase 2 study, the Walk With Ease program was evaluated for its effectiveness in reducing radiotherapy-associated fatigue vs usual care in older patients with breast cancer. Results were presented at 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting.

Overall Survival Benefit With Prostate Cancer Vaccine Not Duplicated in Phase 3 Trial

Overall Survival Benefit With Prostate Cancer Vaccine Not Duplicated in Phase 3 Trial

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Latest findings do not confirm an overall survival (OS) benefit found in a previous randomized phase 2 trial.

Mindfulness Training May Improve End-of-Life Conversations in Advanced Cancer

Mindfulness Training May Improve End-of-Life Conversations in Advanced Cancer

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Study presented at 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting determined the feasibility of using a mindfulness intervention to improve quality of life and confidence in advance care planning discussions among patient-family caregiver dyads.

Palliative Issues Inadequately Addressed Among Hospitalized Cancer Patients

Palliative Issues Inadequately Addressed Among Hospitalized Cancer Patients

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Consultations for palliative care for hospitalized highly symptomatic patients with cancer is low regardless of curability or whether patient has hematologic or solid cancer, a study presented at 2018 ASCO has shown.

Dose-Dense Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer May Impair Lung Function

Dose-Dense Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer May Impair Lung Function

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Long-term analysis determined the effect of postadjuvant dose-dense chemotherapy on DLCO among women with breast cancer.

Patient-Provider Conversations Regarding Financial Impact of Cancer Therapy Lacking

Patient-Provider Conversations Regarding Financial Impact of Cancer Therapy Lacking

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Survey results presented at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting demonstrated the effects of financial toxicity on patients with early stage breast cancer.

Severe Folate Deficiency Associated With Olaparib for Relapsed Ovarian Cancer

Severe Folate Deficiency Associated With Olaparib for Relapsed Ovarian Cancer

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In a case study, olaparib was found to induce folate deficiency in most patients with relapsed ovarian cancer. Researchers discuss the significance of this adverse effect and how it was managed.

Patient Advocacy, Questioning 'Status Quo,' Improves Safety in Ambulatory Infusion Setting

Patient Advocacy, Questioning 'Status Quo,' Improves Safety in Ambulatory Infusion Setting

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In fielding reports of CNS-related adverse effects from patients in the ambulatory infusion room, nurses were able to prompt a pharmacy practice review. The outcomes of the resulting switch in premedication for HSR was presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress.

NP-Led Clinics Improved Phase 1 Oncology Study Operations, Outcomes

NP-Led Clinics Improved Phase 1 Oncology Study Operations, Outcomes

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A clinic staffed with clinical research nurses provided needed care for patients in clinical trials who experienced adverse effects, and also ensured consistent documentation of treatment-related AEs, according to a presentation at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress.

Oncology Evaluation Center May Improve Health and Cost Outcomes in Cancer

Oncology Evaluation Center May Improve Health and Cost Outcomes in Cancer

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Researchers reported on their study that investigated the feasibility of operating a same-day clinic for urgent care for patients currently receiving cancer treatment. These results were presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress.

Clinical Research Nursing Staff an Important Part of Oncology Clinical Trial Programs

Clinical Research Nursing Staff an Important Part of Oncology Clinical Trial Programs

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The importance of oncology clinical research nurses in the clinical trial process was explored in a study presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress.

Multimodal Follow-up Improved Postradiotherapy Sexual Health in Lower GI, Gynecologic Cancers

Multimodal Follow-up Improved Postradiotherapy Sexual Health in Lower GI, Gynecologic Cancers

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Researchers sought to determine the effectiveness of a multimodal continuity of care program for women receiving radiation therapy for gynecologic or lower GI cancers. Their findings were presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress.

Lung Cancer Screening Program In Ambulatory Clinics May Improve Detection Rates

Lung Cancer Screening Program In Ambulatory Clinics May Improve Detection Rates

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A study presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress explored the feasibility of an advanced practice nurse-led lung cancer screening program at ambulatory outpatient clinics.

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