February 2013 Issue of ONA

February 2013 Issue of ONA

February 2013

Continuing Education

Managing chemotherapy side effects: Tumor lysis syndrome

Patients undergoing chemotherapy for hematologic cancers are at risk for this complication. The review can help you learn how to assess their risk.


ACS introduces lung cancer screening guidelines

Clinicians should recommend annual lung cancer screening with low-dose CT for certain high-risk patients, according to new American Cancer Society screening guidelines.

Leukemia arsenal has new drugs

Ponatinib (Iclusig), bosutinib (Bosulif), and omacetaxine (Synribo) are enhancing treatment for persons with certain forms of leukemia.

Diet can thwart prostate 
cancer progression

Men with early-stage prostate cancer may be able to inhibit tumor growth and progression by following a high-fiber diet.

ONS addresses cancer genetics in oncology nursing

A new position statement from the Oncology Nursing Society urges oncology nurses to incorporate new genomic information into practice and patient education.

Advisor Forum

Drug allocation during a shortage

What criteria are used at facilities to determine which patients receive drugs during an extreme drug shortage when only a limited supply is available within ...

Ingredients to look for in a sunscreen

What are the two most important ingredients to look for in sunscreen?

Dietary information for patients undergoing chemotherapy

Is there an evidence-based booklet on cancer and diet available for patients undergoing chemotherapy? Is there any evidence that sugar causes cancer?


Large-volume IM injections: 
A review of best practices

Intramuscular injections offer improved treatment adherence, ease in 
monitoring of adverse effects, and multiple administration sites.

Issues in Cancer Survivorship

Study results support patient concerns about a controversial side effect of therapy

A posttreatment assessment of men who underwent treatment for prostate cancer revealed a side effect that has a significant impact on patients.

Radiation and Your Patient

Assessing and treating 

A common side effect of cancer treatment, including radiotherapy, is diarrhea. Treatment is based on its cause and severity.

Communication Challenges

Warrior princess

As a nurse, what do you do when you have no things you can do to help your patient? Ann Brady reflects on a patient ...

From Cancer Care

Financial support and 
resources are essential
 to cancer care

The financial burden of a cancer diagnosis can be significant. Oncology nurses should familiarize themselves with the organizations that can help patients.

Ask a Pharmacist

Defining the schedules for controlled substances

How are drugs classified as controlled substances?

The Total Patient

Building special memories with their loved ones may be the best medicine

Families coping with cancer need a break from stress and its impact on their lives. These organizations help them enjoy happy times together.


Medical futility: Turning 
to the ethics committee

End-of-life care and decisions can be difficult for health care providers. Consulting the ethics committee can provide needed support for the final decision.

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