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Nurse-Led Program Improves Health, Financial Outcomes in Outpatient Chemotherapy

Nurse-Led Program Improves Health, Financial Outcomes in Outpatient Chemotherapy

In a randomized study, researchers sought to determine the effect of a nurse-led care program on unscheduled hospital visits and admissions and cost for patients with breast cancer undergoing outpatient chemotherapy.

Financial Toxicity Discussions an Unmet Need for Breast Cancer Patients

Financial Toxicity Discussions an Unmet Need for Breast Cancer Patients

Survey responses revealed that clinicians and patients do not agree on whether discussions regarding the impact of treatment on employment and/or financial status occur or are helpful.

Combined Microwave Ablation and Minimally Invasive Open Decompression for the Management of Thoracic Metastasis in Breast Cancer

Combined Microwave Ablation and Minimally Invasive Open Decompression for the Management of Thoracic Metastasis in Breast Cancer

[Cancer Management and Research] An investigation into the efficacy of microwave ablation and minimally invasive open decompression treatment for breast cancer with thoracic metastases.

Younger Patients, Higher Costs: The Changing Demographics of Cancer

Younger Patients, Higher Costs: The Changing Demographics of Cancer

This overview provides a snapshot of the shift in cancer care costs and age of patients, reviewing the 4 most commonly diagnosed cancers.

Interim Data Shows Romiplostim May Lead to Positive Long-Term Response in Pediatric ITP

Interim Data Shows Romiplostim May Lead to Positive Long-Term Response in Pediatric ITP

In a poster presentation at the 23rd Congress of EHA, researchers described a study of the efficacy of romiplastim in achieving a platelet response in pediatric patients with immune thrombocytopenia.

Two Programs, One Goal: Meeting the Challenges of Oncology Navigation

Two Programs, One Goal: Meeting the Challenges of Oncology Navigation

An in-depth review of 2 navigation systems, presented at the 2018 ONA Navigation Summit, identified the challenges and solutions that can build effective, efficient programs that ensure patients have access to the care and resources they need to achieve their goals throughout their cancer journey.

Lung Cancer: What Nurse Navigators Need to Know in 2018

Lung Cancer: What Nurse Navigators Need to Know in 2018

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 Patients with Hematologic Malignancies

Navigating Patients with Hematologic Malignancies

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.

Navigating the Benefits and Challenges of Immunotherapy

Navigating the Benefits and Challenges of Immunotherapy

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

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

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.

Developing a Specialty Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic

Developing a Specialty Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

Survivorship: A Continuous Journey

Survivorship: A Continuous Journey

With Darcy Burbage, RN, MSN, AOCN, CBCN

Building a Navigation Program: A Review of the Key Components

Building a Navigation Program: A Review of the Key Components

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

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

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

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.

Advanced Concepts in Oncology Navigation

Advanced Concepts in Oncology Navigation

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.

Coordinating Roles of ONNs, OSWs on Multidisciplinary Cancer Care Team

Coordinating Roles of ONNs, OSWs on Multidisciplinary Cancer Care Team

Please clarify the role and responsibilities of oncology nurse navigators (ONNs) vs those of the oncology social workers (OSWs).

Challenges of Shared Decision Making in Prostate Cancer Screening

Challenges of Shared Decision Making in Prostate Cancer Screening

A review of shared decision making with men about undergoing PSA testing revealed that although full SDM discussions are increasing, variations in whether these discussions occur and how much information is shared still exist.

Study Links High Travel Burden, Clinical Trial Participation

Study Links High Travel Burden, Clinical Trial Participation

Travel to appointments can be difficult for patients with cancer. In this study, researchers sought to determine the effect of travel burden on clinical trial participation by household income, race/ethnicity, and clinical trial phase.

Benefits of Early Palliative Care for Cancer Extend Beyond Clinical Care

Benefits of Early Palliative Care for Cancer Extend Beyond Clinical Care

A meta-analysis shows that earlier initiation of palliative care can effectively change patterns of care for patients with higher illness burden.

Cancer Screening Follow-up: Enabling Timely Diagnosis, Treatment

Cancer Screening Follow-up: Enabling Timely Diagnosis, Treatment

A review of the literature on follow-up after positive screening results led researchers to a consensus opinion on timing of diagnostic tests for 4 cancers: breast, cervical, colorectal, and lung.

Breast Cancer Treatment-Related Financial Burden Greater for Black vs White Women

Breast Cancer Treatment-Related Financial Burden Greater for Black vs White Women

In a study that evaluated outcomes for younger, working age women with breast cancer, researchers identified differences in cancer-related financial adverse events in black women vs white women.

Pivot Nurse Improves Patients' Navigation Through Lung Cancer Care

Pivot Nurse Improves Patients' Navigation Through Lung Cancer Care

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

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

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

Clinical Nurse-Led Initiative Reduced Cancer Care Variations in Healthcare System

Clinical Nurse-Led Initiative Reduced Cancer Care Variations in Healthcare System

A CNS-led initiative presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference identified inconsistencies in oncology care, and addressed and implemented corrective measures.

LISTEN Combats the Loneliness of Facing Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment

LISTEN Combats the Loneliness of Facing Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment

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

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.

Male Occult Triple-negative Breast Cancer With Dermatomyositis: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Male Occult Triple-negative Breast Cancer With Dermatomyositis: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

[OncoTargets and Therapy] In this case report, a patient with male breast cancer developed dermatomyositis.

Looking Within: Cultural Humility in Healthcare Settings

Looking Within: Cultural Humility in Healthcare Settings

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

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.

Mobile Health Apps Becoming More Popular Among Patients and Clinicians

Mobile Health Apps Becoming More Popular Among Patients and Clinicians

Clinicians and patients use this technology to monitor health, behaviors, and treatment outcomes.

Fertility Preservation in Male Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer

Fertility Preservation in Male Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer

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

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

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

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.

Pain Control More Easily Achieved With Nurse-Led Education in Bone Metastases

Pain Control More Easily Achieved With Nurse-Led Education in Bone Metastases

A phase 3 study demonstrated the impact of nurse-led education on pain vs care as usual in terms of number of patients reporting pain scores.

Navigation Programs Most Effective in Increasing Follow-up Colonoscopy

Navigation Programs Most Effective in Increasing Follow-up Colonoscopy

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

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.

Educational Program Explains Biomarker Testing for Colorectal Cancer

Educational Program Explains Biomarker Testing for Colorectal Cancer

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

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.

Pain Management, Cancer Care at End-of-Life Improved by Caregiver Education, Training Intervention

Pain Management, Cancer Care at End-of-Life Improved by Caregiver Education, Training Intervention

Novel intervention focuses on caregivers' beliefs, knowledge, and skills regarding home care for patients with cancer resulting in improved pain management and better overall care at the end of life.

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

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.

PHQ-9 and HADS-D May be Limited in Assessment of MDD in Patients With Cancer

PHQ-9 and HADS-D May be Limited in Assessment of MDD in Patients With Cancer

Results of a recent study found that the effectiveness of the 9-item Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS-D) in screening for major depressive disorder (MDD) in patients with cancer was limited compared to the standardized diagnostic interview.

Eating and Exercising Towards Better Health in Cancer Survivors

Eating and Exercising Towards Better Health in Cancer Survivors

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

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

Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Nurse Navigation Survey

Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Nurse Navigation Survey

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

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

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.

Navigating Colorectal and Pancreatic Cancer Patients in a Multidisciplinary Cancer Center

Navigating Colorectal and Pancreatic Cancer Patients in a Multidisciplinary Cancer Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Text Message System Uses Common Behavior to Promote, Enhance Childhood Cancer Survivorship Care

Text Message System Uses Common Behavior to Promote, Enhance Childhood Cancer Survivorship Care

An interactive system connects adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood cancers with their health care team to ensure they establish and adhere to recommended survivorship care plans.

Putting a Name on the Impact of Cancer Treatment Costs

Putting a Name on the Impact of Cancer Treatment Costs

I hear the term "financial toxicity" used more and more when people are discussing the cost of cancer treatments. What exactly is financial toxicity?

Tissue Biobank Procurement Consent Should Include Discussion of Confidentiality Risks

Tissue Biobank Procurement Consent Should Include Discussion of Confidentiality Risks

Results from a small survey suggest a need to include risk of confidentiality breach in consent discussions.

A Navigator's Take: Developing Cancer Screening Programs in Your Community

A Navigator's Take: Developing Cancer Screening Programs in Your Community

A review of the importance of cancer screening programs and the important role of the oncology nurse navigator/care coordinator in developing them.

New Gene Mutations Associated with Erdheim-Chester Disease Could Improve Treatment Options

New Gene Mutations Associated with Erdheim-Chester Disease Could Improve Treatment Options

BRAF other MAPK pathway gene mutations associated with Erdheim-Chester disease reveal that ECD is a neoplastic disease.

A Single Institution Report of 19 Hepatocellular Carcinoma Patients With Bile Duct Tumor Thrombus

A Single Institution Report of 19 Hepatocellular Carcinoma Patients With Bile Duct Tumor Thrombus

[Journal of Hepatocellular Carcinoma] This research examines the outcomes of HCC patients with BDTT in a single institution.

ONS Partners with ASCO CancerLinQ to Launch CancerLinQ® Ambassadors Program

ONS Partners with ASCO CancerLinQ to Launch CancerLinQ® Ambassadors Program

CancerLinQ® Ambassadors Program is launched to provide support and guidance to practices participating in CancerLinQ®.

No Intervention for Small Thyroid Cancers May Cause Anxiety

No Intervention for Small Thyroid Cancers May Cause Anxiety

Deciding not to intervene for small, incidentally identified thyroid cancer may cause patients to experience anxiety and feelings of isolation.

Dance/Movement Therapy: A Unique and Enjoyable Approach to Support Children with Cancer

Dance/Movement Therapy: A Unique and Enjoyable Approach to Support Children with Cancer

Dr Lori Baudino, a clinical psychologist and dance/movement therapist, discusses a program that helps children with cancer cope with their disease and treatment, and learn to be children again.

Multidisciplinary Team Approach Reduces Cervical Cancer Treatment Delays in Low-Resource Areas

Multidisciplinary Team Approach Reduces Cervical Cancer Treatment Delays in Low-Resource Areas

Multidisciplinary team approach reduces cervical cancer treatment delays in Botswana by 50%.

Nurse-Calling Program Improves Retention Rates From First Treatment Visit

Nurse-Calling Program Improves Retention Rates From First Treatment Visit

Patients who speak to an oncology nurse prior to their first appointment are significantly more likely to be retained for their treatment.

Nurse Navigators Improve Physician Engagement in Pretreatment Discussions

Nurse Navigators Improve Physician Engagement in Pretreatment Discussions

Oncology nurse navigators improved physician engagement in multidisciplinary discussions prior to the initiation of treatment for patients with head and neck cancer.

NSCLC: Pathway Navigation Program Lowers Costs of Care

NSCLC: Pathway Navigation Program Lowers Costs of Care

A clinical pathways navigation program for patients with non-small cell lung cancer significantly reduced cost of care while preserving clinical outcomes.

Volunteer Programs Designed to Support Cancer Patients at the Very End of Life

Volunteer Programs Designed to Support Cancer Patients at the Very End of Life

NODA and V3 are volunteer programs that provide a compassionate presence for patients who are alone in their final hours.

Culturally Appropriate Cancer Patient Navigator Pilot Program Helps American Indians/Alaska Natives Secure Diagnoses, Care

Culturally Appropriate Cancer Patient Navigator Pilot Program Helps American Indians/Alaska Natives Secure Diagnoses, Care

American Indians/Alaska Natives may face barriers to cancer diagnosis and care that can be overcome via cultural navigation services.

Researchers Discover Prognostic Genetic Subgroups of a High-Risk Pediatric Leukemia

Researchers Discover Prognostic Genetic Subgroups of a High-Risk Pediatric Leukemia

Research from St Jude Children's Research Hospital reveals that acute megakaryoblastic leukemia can be divided into several subgroups with varying prognoses, particularly for children without Down syndrome.

Gastric and Colon Metastasis From Breast Cancer: Case Report, Review of the Literature, and Possible Underlying Mechanisms

Gastric and Colon Metastasis From Breast Cancer: Case Report, Review of the Literature, and Possible Underlying Mechanisms

[Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy] This research presents a case report of patient with gastrointestinal metastases from breast cancer.

Lay Navigation Associated With Lower Medicare Costs, Health Care Use

Lay Navigation Associated With Lower Medicare Costs, Health Care Use

The Patient Care Connect Program lowers Medicare costs and provides other benefits, research indicates.

High Doses of Vitamin C Kill Cancer Cells in Culture

High Doses of Vitamin C Kill Cancer Cells in Culture

A series of experiments revealed the mechanism of action by which vitamin C causes cancer cells to die in a cell culture.

Pediatric Papillary Thyroid Cancer: Current Management Challenges

Pediatric Papillary Thyroid Cancer: Current Management Challenges

[OncoTargets and Therapy] This research presents an overview of patient and disease management in pediatric pediatric papillary thyroid (PTC) patients.

Geographic Location Affects Stage at Diagnosis of Colon Cancer in Segregated Communities

Geographic Location Affects Stage at Diagnosis of Colon Cancer in Segregated Communities

Geographic location was seen to affect disease stage at diagnosis among people with colorectal cancer who live in ethnically or racially segregated communities.

Role of Oncology Nurse Navigators Has Evolved and Expanded in 5 Years

Role of Oncology Nurse Navigators Has Evolved and Expanded in 5 Years

Oncology Nursing Society conducted a role delineation survey (RDS) on oncology nurse navigators (ONNs) to determine how the role has evolved since the previous RDS and to determine if an ONN certification is needed.

Lung Cancer Navigator App Aims to Help Patients Understand Disease

Lung Cancer Navigator App Aims to Help Patients Understand Disease

Lung Cancer Navigator, a mobile, customizable app from LUNGEVITY, helps patients with lung cancer better understand their disease, manage medications, track symptoms, and access support.

What You Do Not Know Could Hurt You: What Women Wish Their Doctors Had Told Them About Chemotherapy Side Effects on Memory and Response to Alcohol

What You Do Not Know Could Hurt You: What Women Wish Their Doctors Had Told Them About Chemotherapy Side Effects on Memory and Response to Alcohol

[Breast Cancer: Basic and Clinical Research] This research examines the incidence of alcohol and memory-related side effects of chemotherapy in female cancer patients.

Peer Navigation Program Helpful for Patients With Hereditary Cancers

Peer Navigation Program Helpful for Patients With Hereditary Cancers

Participants in a peer navigation program for patients at risk for HBOC were surveyed regarding the usefulness of the information provided, patient education, and their peer navigator. Survey results were presented at the 2016 SABCS.

MOCHA App Facilitates Communication Between Caregivers, Patients

MOCHA App Facilitates Communication Between Caregivers, Patients

An app developed to track posthospitalization progress and activity of patients with breast cancer, adding the information into patients' electronic health records in real time, was presented at SABCS 2016.

Study Helps to Clarify Navigator Role in Colonoscopy Screening

Study Helps to Clarify Navigator Role in Colonoscopy Screening

Survey data from patients receiving care at Boston Medical Center who were navigated for colonoscopy screening illustrates how patients value the services of oncology patient navigators.

Making End of Life Discussions Easier on Patients and Caregivers

Making End of Life Discussions Easier on Patients and Caregivers

A new card game helps patients and caregivers broach the difficult subject of end-of-life wishes and prioritize what's most important in their planning.

Pilot Study Assesses Feasibility of Nurse-led Sexual Rehabilitation Program

Pilot Study Assesses Feasibility of Nurse-led Sexual Rehabilitation Program

Researchers report on the feasibility of a nurse-led sexual rehabilitation intervention to target sexual recovery and vaginal dilation in women who underwent pelvic radiation therapy and brachytherapy for gynecologic cancers.

HIIT Improves Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Patients With Resectable NSCLC

HIIT Improves Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Patients With Resectable NSCLC

This study focused on determining the effectiveness of a short-term high-intensity interval training (HIIT) program to improve patients' cardiorespiratory fitness prior to NSCLC resection.

Study Suggests More Men With Prostate Cancer Would Choose Active Surveillance if it Were Offered

Study Suggests More Men With Prostate Cancer Would Choose Active Surveillance if it Were Offered

Researchers analyzed data from the NPCR of Sweden to determine whether more US men with prostate cancer would choose active surveillance if it were presented as a treatment option.

POLST Programs Can Benefit from the Relationship Between Patients and Nurse Practitioners

POLST Programs Can Benefit from the Relationship Between Patients and Nurse Practitioners

POLST Programs Can Benefit From the APRN-Patient Relationship

How Physical Changes From Breast Cancer Affect Self-Image: Considerations for Clinicians

How Physical Changes From Breast Cancer Affect Self-Image: Considerations for Clinicians

Cancers that cause more readily noticeable physical changes can produce self-image challenges for patients. This discussion reviews what interventions can help validate patients' self-image concerns.

Risk for Skin Cancer Higher in Organ Transplant Recipients

Risk for Skin Cancer Higher in Organ Transplant Recipients

Organ transplant recipients of all races/ethnicities are at higher risk for skin cancer, therefore routine, annual total-body skin cancer screenings should be a part of post organ transplant care.

Cost of TKI Therapy Leads to Delay in Treatment for Many Patients With Leukemia

Patients with cancer incur significant out-of-pocket costs before their Medicare drug benefits activate, and due to those costs, many patients with CML delayed starting their treatment.

New CRC Screening Option Opens the Door for New Conversations

New CRC Screening Option Opens the Door for New Conversations

A new colorectal cancer (CRC) screening test that can be done in the privacy of patients' homes, at their convenience, and with no prep needed may help patients overcome their reticence.

Patient Navigation Reduces Delays in Diagnostic Resolution

Patient Navigation Reduces Delays in Diagnostic Resolution

Patient navigation reduces delays in diagnostic resolution among patients with a Charlson Comorbidity Index greater than 1 with abnormal findings

Analysis of Population Trends Shows Use of Electronic Cigarettes Increase Quit Success

Analysis of Population Trends Shows Use of Electronic Cigarettes Increase Quit Success

An analysis of population trends in England demonstrated that use of electronic cigarettes improves the rate of successful quit attempts, but results in less use of prescription nicotine-replacement therapy products.

Novel Program Improves Communication for Oncology Nurses

Novel Program Improves Communication for Oncology Nurses

A train-the-trainer communication training course appears to be an effective strategy for broadly teaching communication to oncology nurses.

Study Identifies Factors Associated With Poor Care Coordination

Study Identifies Factors Associated With Poor Care Coordination

Patients who have little to no understanding of the health system, multiple comorbid conditions, do not receive a written treatment plan, or do not have contact with a cancer care coordinator or specialist nurse have significantly poorer care coordination.

Patients' and Caregivers' Misperceptions Continue to Stigmatize Palliative Care

Patients' and Caregivers' Misperceptions Continue to Stigmatize Palliative Care

Oncology nurses face a difficult challenge in getting patients to consider palliative care because despite knowing that palliative care is comfort care, many patients and caregivers still equate it with end of life.

Caregivers of Patients With Cancer Report Higher Burden vs Other Caregivers

Caregivers of Patients With Cancer Report Higher Burden vs Other Caregivers

Caregivers of patients with cancer report a higher burden and significantly more time providing care compared with caregivers of patients with other conditions.

Affordable Care Act: Comprehensive Overview Reveals Its Hits and Misses

Affordable Care Act: Comprehensive Overview Reveals Its Hits and Misses

Researchers from the University of Miami School of Business Administration and the Florida Atlantic University College of Business present an overview of the impact of the ACA on US health care in its first 5 years.

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