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Pivot Nurse Improves Patients' Navigation Through Lung Cancer Care

Pivot Nurse Improves Patients' Navigation Through Lung Cancer Care

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Researchers in Montreal presented results of a study on the effects of using a pivot nurse in oncology (PNO) on continuity of care, outcomes, and quality of life for patients with lung cancer at the 2018 European Lung Cancer Congress.

Spousal, Partner Perception of Coping Affects Adjustments in Breast Cancer

Spousal, Partner Perception of Coping Affects Adjustments in Breast Cancer

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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.

Nursing Model of Flexibility, Collaboration Enhanced Overall Care, Outcomes, Practices

Nursing Model of Flexibility, Collaboration Enhanced Overall Care, Outcomes, Practices

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A study presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference focused on redesigning CNS practice to mirror patient transitions throughout the continuum of care.

LISTEN Combats the Loneliness of Facing Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment

LISTEN Combats the Loneliness of Facing Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment

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LISTEN, a novel program developed at WVU School of Medicine, is designed to tackle loneliness — a significant health concern for patients with cancer.

Specialized Pediatric Palliative Care Reduces High-Intensity Care at End of Life

Specialized Pediatric Palliative Care Reduces High-Intensity Care at End of Life

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A retrospective study of data from POGONIS evaluated the effectiveness of specialized pediatric palliative care vs general palliative care or no palliative care in pediatric patients with cancer at the end of life.

Identifying the Psychosocial Needs of Young Adults With Metastatic Cancer

Identifying the Psychosocial Needs of Young Adults With Metastatic Cancer

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A cancer diagnosis is wrought with challenges for young adults. This article identifies the unique support needs for patients aged 20 to 39 years with cancer.

Nurses Must Be Experienced, Feel Competent When Providing End-of-Life Care

Nurses Must Be Experienced, Feel Competent When Providing End-of-Life Care

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An analysis of select responses to a survey conducted by researchers from the College of Nursing at South Dakota State University identified oncology nurses' comfort level in handling end-of-life care and patient education.

Looking Within: Cultural Humility in Healthcare Settings

Looking Within: Cultural Humility in Healthcare Settings

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Cultural humility is a different perspective on nurse-patient communication than cultural competence. Eucharia Borden, an oncology social worker, explains their difference and how it can improve your care for patients of minority cultures.

Bundling Interventions Bridges Gender Gap in AYA Cancer Fertility Discussions

Bundling Interventions Bridges Gender Gap in AYA Cancer Fertility Discussions

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In this companion piece to our November column, we discuss the unique challenges to preserving the fertility of female patients with cancer and current options.

Fertility Preservation in Male Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer

Fertility Preservation in Male Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer

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Increasing survival rates for AYA patients with cancer have heightened the importance of discussing fertility preservation options. In this column, we review the options for male patients and the significance of including a discussion of them as part of treatment planning.

Improving Emergency Department Care for Older Adults With Cancer

Improving Emergency Department Care for Older Adults With Cancer

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Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center sought to determine if observation status may be a better treatment option for older adults with cancer who present to the ED.

Intervention Model Helps Cancer Survivors Overcome Fear of Recurrence

Intervention Model Helps Cancer Survivors Overcome Fear of Recurrence

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A randomized study assessed the impact of ConquerFear, a novel intervention developed from various models of cognitive therapy, and Taking-it-Easy, an intervention based on models that promote relaxation, on cancer survivors' ability to manage their fear of cancer recurrence.

Anxiety Levels High in Diagnosis, Treatment Planning Phases of Cancer Journey

Anxiety Levels High in Diagnosis, Treatment Planning Phases of Cancer Journey

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Questionnaires completed before and after a clinic visit revealed the potential anxiety of patients during the diagnosis and treatment planning phases of their cancer journey.

Navigation Programs Most Effective in Increasing Follow-up Colonoscopy

Navigation Programs Most Effective in Increasing Follow-up Colonoscopy

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An analysis of 23 studies focused on interventions with the potential to improve follow-up colonoscopy completion rates found that navigation programs are more effective than other interventions studied.

Building an Optimal Cancer Awareness or Community Outreach Program

Building an Optimal Cancer Awareness or Community Outreach Program

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month has been celebrated in October since the early 1990s. In this column, Oncology Nurse Advisor asked 3 community education advocates to share their tips for a successful awareness event.

Invisible Burdens: The Complex Needs of Caregivers of Patients With Brain Cancer

Invisible Burdens: The Complex Needs of Caregivers of Patients With Brain Cancer

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Caregivers of patients with malignant brain tumors often bear additional burdens in their role, as these patients often experience cognition-related adverse effects as well as the effects of their cancer and its treatment.

Educational Program Explains Biomarker Testing for Colorectal Cancer

Educational Program Explains Biomarker Testing for Colorectal Cancer

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A newly developed patient education resource helps nurses educate patients with colorectal cancer about biomarker testing and counsel them on the significance of the results.

To Better Serve Patients With Cancer, Navigators Need Better Systems

To Better Serve Patients With Cancer, Navigators Need Better Systems

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A navigator offers her take on how the ideal EHR system could unify the oncology care team toward the common goal of optimal patient outcomes.

Teens and Young Adults with Cancer and Survivors Express Use of Digital Resources

Teens and Young Adults with Cancer and Survivors Express Use of Digital Resources

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Teenagers and young adults with cancer rated digital resources such as email, online information resources, and communication tools as critical to their lives. These patients would also utilize additional resources such as chat rooms and online counseling and support.

Eating and Exercising Towards Better Health in Cancer Survivors

Eating and Exercising Towards Better Health in Cancer Survivors

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Lifestyle changes that promote proper weight management, increased exercise, and a healthy diet have the potential to improve survivors' health and well-being.

Navigating Patients With Hematologic Cancers

Navigating Patients With Hematologic Cancers

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An effective nurse navigator approach involves removing barriers to good care, such as differences in health care delivery systems, poor communication, and financial impediments.

Feasibility of a Lay Cancer Patient Navigation Program to Meet The Needs of Cancer Patients

Feasibility of a Lay Cancer Patient Navigation Program to Meet The Needs of Cancer Patients

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Lay cancer patient navigators can address barriers to care such as financial burden and psychosocial distress, and can help reduce disparities across the continuum of care.

Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Nurse Navigation Survey

Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Nurse Navigation Survey

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A patient survey was designed to examine patient views of their initial breast cancer diagnosis process and care management.

Navigating Colorectal and Pancreatic Cancer Patients in a Multidisciplinary Cancer Center

Navigating Colorectal and Pancreatic Cancer Patients in a Multidisciplinary Cancer Center

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By identifying incidence, prevalence, and risk factors for colorectal and pancreatic cancer in our communities, nurse navigators can develop screening and prevention programs to better serve these populations.

Navigating the Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Patient: CT Lung Cancer Screening Development

Navigating the Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Patient: CT Lung Cancer Screening Development

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Developing a lung cancer screening program involves a number of challenges, including identifying patients in need of screening, patient follow-up, and community support.

Lay Navigation Program Improves Health Care, Health System Use, Costs for Older Cancer Survivors

Lay Navigation Program Improves Health Care, Health System Use, Costs for Older Cancer Survivors

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Survivorship care plan successfully improves the overall survivorship care of older cancer survivors using lay navigators.

Personalized Medicine and the Role of the Oncology Navigator

Personalized Medicine and the Role of the Oncology Navigator

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As molecular testing becomes the standard of care for many cancers, nurse navigators have an important role to play ensuring molecular testing of suitable patients, providing patient education, and managing of patient expectations.

Innovative Navigation Strategies: The Patient Care Connect Program

Innovative Navigation Strategies: The Patient Care Connect Program

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Older cancer survivors typically have higher severity of disease and pre-existing conditions, which makes their cancer treatment additionally challenging. The Patient Care Connect Program was created to help address these issues.

Clinical Pathways: Paving the Way to Improve Patient-Centered and Cohesive Cancer Care

Clinical Pathways: Paving the Way to Improve Patient-Centered and Cohesive Cancer Care

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Cancer centers and hospital networks are finding both utility and value in clinical care pathways to help standardize diagnosis, treatment, and management of the most common disease presentations.

Patient Navigators Found to Boost Lung Cancer Screening Rates

Patient Navigators Found to Boost Lung Cancer Screening Rates

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Counseling current smokers and helping to direct their care may reduce lung cancer mortality in underserved low-income populations.

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