December 2012 Issue of ONA

December 2012 Issue of ONA

December 2012

In the News

ONS defines nurse leadership skills

The ONS Leadership Competencies provides a means for self-assessment and a foundation for future leadership education.

Toolkit helps manage life after cancer treatment

A new Survivorship Toolkit offers patients posttreatment self-care plans, wallet-sized information cards, and a calendar for keeping track of appointments.

ASCO updates breast cancer follow-up guidelines

These guidelines are the first clinical practice guidelines issued by ASCO since 2006.

Social-network quality improves breast cancer survival

Investigators reported that levels of support within relationships were important risk factors for breast cancer mortality.

FDA Update November/December 2012

Paclitaxel protein-bound particles for injectable suspension, 90-minute infusion of rituximab, omacetaxine mepesuccinate receive FDA approval

Continuing Education

Meeting the billing challenges inherent with clinical trials

A primer on what nurses need to know when scheduling items and services for patients participating in clinical trials.


Oral therapy: Managing side effects can aid adherence

Diligent patient education that addresses adherence and persistence issues can optimize outcomes in patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumors.

Issues in Cancer Survivorship

First a patient, now a patient advocate, Dave Dubin is more than a cancer survivor

This third-generation cancer patient chose to fight his cancer with education and advocacy for cancer awareness.

Radiation and Your Patient

ASTRO vs CMS: The battle 
for radiation 

Proposed reductions in radiotherapy prompted a joint reaction from ASTRO and other cancer care organizations.

Communication Challenges

Intractable denial

We care for patients by helping fix what is bothering them. But is denial really a problem that needs fixing?

From Cancer Care

Caring for the caregiver during special occasions and holidays

Family events and celebrations can create additional stressors for caregivers. Nurses should take time to remind caregivers about their own needs.

Ask a Pharmacist

Corticosteroids for infusion reactions

Methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol) and hydrocortisone (Solu-Cortef) are used to treat infusion reactions to chemotherapy and other anticancer treatments. Some clinicians seem to favor one over the ...

Cautions for folic acid use

Folic acid can interfere with certain chemotherapy drugs. Is there an acceptable level of folic acid or should it be avoided completely?

The Total Patient

Cards of hope and strength sent to cancer patients are 
a family's tribute to Mom

A family keeps their matriarch's legacy alive through an organization that tends to the spirit of survival.

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