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New Hypertension Threshold Guides Blood Pressure Management During Cancer Treatment

New Hypertension Threshold Guides Blood Pressure Management During Cancer Treatment

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Publication of the JNC 8 introduces a lower threshold for initiating hypertension treatment during cancer therapy.

Anticancer Properties of Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Plant-Based vs Marine-Based

Anticancer Properties of Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Plant-Based vs Marine-Based

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Researchers compared the association between diets high in plant-based omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) vs those high in marine-based PUFAs and the risk for breast cancer.

Sitting With Silence in End-of-Life Cancer Care

Sitting With Silence in End-of-Life Cancer Care

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Modern oncologic care entails actively pursuing treatment and cure; however, at the end of life, the ability to share silence may be the best treatment.

Lung Cancer Screening: Risk-Targeting Approach vs NLST Eligibility Criteria

Lung Cancer Screening: Risk-Targeting Approach vs NLST Eligibility Criteria

In a review of data from the NLST, researchers sought to determine if a risk-targeting approach would more efficiently select high-risk persons for lung cancer screening than the eligibility criteria defined by the NLST.

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.

Patient Support Program Provides Diversions During Chemotherapy Infusions

Patient Support Program Provides Diversions During Chemotherapy Infusions

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A kind gesture toward friends during their chemotherapy infusions developed into a support organization that helps patients pass the time during their treatment.

When There Are No Words: Interpreting Patients' and Families' Subtle Messages

When There Are No Words: Interpreting Patients' and Families' Subtle Messages

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Although many physical expressions are universal, oncology nurses may be challenged to catch notice of more subtle body language from patients or a family member.

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.

Incidence of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder High Among Patients With Cancer

Incidence of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder High Among Patients With Cancer

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Study evaluates the incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder in patients with cancer from diagnosis through survivorship.

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.

Bridging the Gap in Genetic Cancer Research Data on Minority Populations

Bridging the Gap in Genetic Cancer Research Data on Minority Populations

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Investigators sought to determine why so few biospecimens were available for research from minority populations of women with breast cancer.

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.

Incorporating Cardiac Care in the Oncology Setting

Incorporating Cardiac Care in the Oncology Setting

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Cardio-oncology is an emerging interdisciplinary practice poised to address care patients who need concurrent cancer and cardiovascular disease therapies as well as the late effects of cancer and cancer treatments.

Opioid Epidemic Response May Be Limiting Cancer-Related Pain Management

Opioid Epidemic Response May Be Limiting Cancer-Related Pain Management

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A report on current legislation and practice trends regarding opioids and how they are affecting cancer patients' ability to manage their pain.

Colorectal Cancer and Dietary Fiber: Source Is More Important Than Amount

Colorectal Cancer and Dietary Fiber: Source Is More Important Than Amount

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New research on the benefits of high-fiber diets for CRC survivors took its findings one step further and identified the type of fiber consumed and which provided better benefits.

Online Learning Modules Improve Exercise Counseling, But Not Participation

Online Learning Modules Improve Exercise Counseling, But Not Participation

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Researchers evaluated the effectiveness of online learning modules on physical activity counseling for oncology nurses. Although the modules improved nurses' counseling practices, they did not resolve the issue of physical activity in survivors.

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.

A Rare Case of Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma 10 Years After Liver Transplantation

A Rare Case of Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma 10 Years After Liver Transplantation

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This case describes management of a 61-year-old male with a history of chronic liver diseases and COPD who developed a posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorder 10 years after a liver transplant.

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.

What SUPPORT Can Do for Families Coping With Cancer During the Holidays

What SUPPORT Can Do for Families Coping With Cancer During the Holidays

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As the holidays approach, offering these SUPPORT tips can help caregivers of patients with cancer make the most of the seasonal activities and the time with their loved ones.

Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factors: Use, Administration, Adverse Effects

Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factors: Use, Administration, Adverse Effects

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A review of granulocyte colony-stimulating factors, dosage and administration, adverse effects, and nurse management steps is presented.

Critical Thinking Key to Effective Management of Adverse Effects in Lymphoma

Critical Thinking Key to Effective Management of Adverse Effects in Lymphoma

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Nurses' critical thinking perspective is key to recognizing and managing adverse effects in patients with lymphoma, and staying ahead of the curve in a rapidly changing clinical setting.

Statins, Antihypercholesterolemic Drugs Show Potential as Anticancer Agents

Statins, Antihypercholesterolemic Drugs Show Potential as Anticancer Agents

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Study results demonstrate that statins have antitumor activity in various solid-tumor cancers and leukemia; however, experts offer these caveats on using them to treat cancer — at least for now.

WWW: Navigating Complex Conversations Regarding Patients With Advanced Disease

WWW: Navigating Complex Conversations Regarding Patients With Advanced Disease

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WWW is not for the world-wide web, but it is an easy way to remember the 3 w's of communication with patients with advanced disease: wish, worry, wonder.

A Case of Immunotherapy-Induced Myocarditis Concomitant to MG in Lung Cancer

A Case of Immunotherapy-Induced Myocarditis Concomitant to MG in Lung Cancer

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In this case, a female patient with advanced lung cancer experiences a rare episode of nivolumab-induced Herzmyasthenie, emphasizing the need to be aware of the potential for rapid myocarditis concomitant with MG in patients undergoing treatment with anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibodies.

Navigating the Transition From Treatment to Breast Cancer Survivor

Navigating the Transition From Treatment to Breast Cancer Survivor

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The transition from active treatment to survivorship for patients with breast cancer can be as complex as the disease. An oncology social worker discusses the challenges of this "new unknown" in the continuum of care.

Combining Radiation, Immunotherapy: An Emerging Challenge for Oncology Nursing

Combining Radiation, Immunotherapy: An Emerging Challenge for Oncology Nursing

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Combining radiotherapy and immunotherapy has shown early promise against some advanced cancers, but oncology nurses need to be wary of potential overlapping toxicity profiles from each of these treatment modalities.

Nurse Survey Identifies Adverse Events Related to Handling Chemotherapy

Nurse Survey Identifies Adverse Events Related to Handling Chemotherapy

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Using a 4-question survey, investigators determined oncology nurses' perception of their risks in handling and administering cytotoxic chemotherapy to patients.

Breast Cancer Recurrence Not a Deterrent for Survivors Who Wish to Conceive

Breast Cancer Recurrence Not a Deterrent for Survivors Who Wish to Conceive

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This study explored the potential for pregnancy and breastfeeding among women who survived breast cancer, particularly those with ER-positive disease, and the impact of pregnancy on disease recurrence.

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.

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