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Oncology Nursing Challenges for Young Adult Couples Facing a Cancer Diagnosis

Challenges for Young Adult Couples Facing a Cancer Diagnosis

A cancer diagnosis can alter life plans for a young adult couple, completely upending their carefully thought out plans. Understanding their unique challenges can ensure oncology nurses are prepared to help these patients and their partners face an uncertain future.

Genitourinary Cancer Testicular Cancer Treatment May Increase Risk for Heart Disease in Survivors

Testicular Cancer Treatment May Increase Risk for Heart Disease in Survivors

Recent research shows that although testicular cancer survivors do not totally conform to the criteria for metabolic syndrome, past treatment with platinum-based chemotherapy increases its prevalence among survivors and may lead to a greater risk for heart disease in this patient population.

Breast Cancer Does Better Breast Imaging Lead to Improved Outcomes or Increased Overdiagnosis?

Does Better Breast Imaging Lead to Improved Outcomes or Increased Overdiagnosis?

Advances in breast imaging such as DBT offer better, clearer images of breast tissue that can identify even low-grade DCIS tumors. But will more sensitive imaging lead to improved outcomes or increased overtreatment?

Navigator Notes Spousal, Partner Perception of Coping Affects Adjustments in Breast Cancer

Spousal, Partner Perception of Coping Affects Adjustments in Breast Cancer

Male spouse or partner perspectives on a female patient's ability to cope was found to have a positive effect on her ability to cope and adjust to her disease. Unfortunately, this effect remains rarely researched and poorly understood among patients with breast cancer in same sex relationships.

Head and Neck Cancer Overtreatment a Concern With RAI for Well-Differentiated Thyroid Cancer

Overtreatment a Concern With RAI for Well-Differentiated Thyroid Cancer

In a study from the Cleveland Clinic, researchers investigated the association between well-differentiated thyroid cancer and risk for AML or CML in those patients treated with radioactive iodine.

Oncology Nursing Letter-Writing Project Communicates Care Wishes to Healthcare Team, Family

Letter-Writing Project Communicates Care Wishes to Healthcare Team, Family

What matters most to me, who matters most to me, and what do I want in my last days? Letter-writing project is a tool for patients to communicate their wishes for their last days.

Oncology Nursing Medical Terms in Patient Education: Using the Confusing to Explain the Complicated

Medical Terms in Patient Education: Using the Confusing to Explain the Complicated

Medical terminology can be a foreign language — or confusing, at the least — for many patients. Ann Brady uses a patient encounter to illustrate the potential miscommunication inherent in using "medicalese" in patient communication.

Oncology Nursing A Witness to Letting Go: Nursing Care at the End of Life

A Witness to Letting Go: Nursing Care at the End of Life

A new oncology nurse reflects on the first time she provided comfort care for a patient at the end of life and her family.

Side-Effect Management Managing Chemo Brain in Pediatric Survivors of Childhood Cancer

Managing Chemo Brain in Pediatric Survivors of Childhood Cancer

Reintegration to the general environment, particularly to school, can be challenging for survivors of childhood cancers. This review discusses how adverse effects such as chemo brain may present extra challenges for these patients and what can be done to ease patients' anxiety.

Side-Effect Management Advances in Prevention, Treatment of RT-Associated Radiodermatitis Hold Promise

Advances in Prevention, Treatment of RT-Associated Radiodermatitis Hold Promise

This review of radiodermatitis, a common adverse effect of radiation therapy, discusses preventive and treatment options available that reduce and/or minimize symptoms of the condition.

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