Patient Counseling & Support

Navigating Prostate Cancer: A Patient's Experience From Diagnosis to Survivor

Navigating Prostate Cancer: A Patient's Experience From Diagnosis to Survivor

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Lee Hillstrom shares his cancer experience and highlights the critical support he received from a nurse navigator and cancer counselor.

Internet Browsing for Cancer Information Emphasizes Visual Appeal Over Accuracy

Internet Browsing for Cancer Information Emphasizes Visual Appeal Over Accuracy

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Information patients find online can be a great concern for oncology nurses, especially when a diagnosis has an uncertain prognosis. In this follow-up study, researchers in Boston sought to determine the quality of the online resources patients with cancer, particularly pancreas, are finding.

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

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

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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.

The Caregivers' Cancer Journey

The Caregivers' Cancer Journey

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This installment demonstrates how the caregiver's cancer journey often parallels that of the patient with cancer, highlighting their need for evolving support through survivorship.

Staff Education Leads to Increase in Oncology Rehabilitation Referrals

Staff Education Leads to Increase in Oncology Rehabilitation Referrals

Educational intervention for oncology clinicians at a rural Michigan oncology clinic does not demonstrate a statistically significant increase in referrals to rehabilitation; however, results show a clinically significant improvement in identification of need, communication among staff, and potential for greater referrals.

Beware Abbreviated Explanations That May Undermine Your Meaning, Patients' Understanding

Beware Abbreviated Explanations That May Undermine Your Meaning, Patients' Understanding

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Have you ever thought about what is meant — or understood — when you say to a patient "It's going to be okay"? Hearing an exchange between her grandson and a pediatric nurse prompted Ann Brady to reflect on abbreviated communications.

Live or Online Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Reduced Cancer-Related Psychological Distress

Live or Online Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Reduced Cancer-Related Psychological Distress

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Mindfulness-based interventions are proven effective in helping patients with cancer manage distress and other psychological symptoms. In this study, researchers sought to determine if Internet-based MBCT can be as effective as face-to-face interventions.

Implementing an Ambulatory Adherence Program May Improve Oral Anticancer Medications Compliance

Implementing an Ambulatory Adherence Program May Improve Oral Anticancer Medications Compliance

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Adherence is a challenge for many patients receiving oral chemotherapy, new data suggests a potential solution.

Survey-based priming intervention linked to improved communication and goals-of-care discussions amongst patient-clinician pairs

1. Goals-of-care (GOC) discussions were linked to improved patient outcomes and reduction of intensity in end-of-life care. The current study demonstrated that a survey-based intervention for priming clinicians with communication strategies was linked to increase in the occurrence, documentation, and quality of GOC discussions. 2. The current study was not able to evaluate the effect []

Study Suggests Greater Focus on the Needs of Family Caregivers of Patients With Cancer

Study Suggests Greater Focus on the Needs of Family Caregivers of Patients With Cancer

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Nurses can play a key role in assessing financial strain and involving social workers or financial counselors.

Navigating Patients with Hematologic Malignancies

Navigating Patients with Hematologic Malignancies

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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 Patients With Gastrointestinal Cancer

Navigating Patients With Gastrointestinal Cancer

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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

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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.

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

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

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

The Health Care Mortgage: Understanding the Complexities of Financial Toxicity

The Health Care Mortgage: Understanding the Complexities of Financial Toxicity

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Cost of cancer care is more than co-pays for medications and treatment. Cancer can affect a patient's ability to work compounding the financial costs of their care, as described in this presentation at the 2018 ONA Navigation Summit.

AMA Guide Highlights Importance of Caring for Caregivers

AMA Guide Highlights Importance of Caring for Caregivers

Clinicians have an important role to play in providing support and guidance for caregivers.

From Disparities to Disclosure: A Discussion on Lesbians and Breast Cancer

From Disparities to Disclosure: A Discussion on Lesbians and Breast Cancer

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Marissa Fors, director of CancerCare's Susan G. Komen® Breast Care Helpline, talked with Dr Penelope Damaskos, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, about breast cancer risk and related challenges for women who identify as lesbian and their healthcare providers.

Muscle Loss Not Always Correlated With Loss of Function, Strength in Cancer Cachexia

Muscle Loss Not Always Correlated With Loss of Function, Strength in Cancer Cachexia

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Interventions specifically designed to target cachexia in patients with thoracic or gastrointestinal cancer and established cachexia were effective in helping patients preserve functional stability and rehabilitation potential.

Intervention With Lay Health Workers Has Positive Effect on Cancer Patients' Experience

Intervention With Lay Health Workers Has Positive Effect on Cancer Patients' Experience

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An intervention utilizing lay health workers supervised by NPs lowered health care costs and improved patient satisfaction.

Art as Palliative Care: Bedside Intervention Improves Pain, Anxiety, Mood in Hospitalized Cancer Patients

Art as Palliative Care: Bedside Intervention Improves Pain, Anxiety, Mood in Hospitalized Cancer Patients

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Results from a study on an innovative program from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, demonstrates the potential positive effects of providing hospitalized patients with brief one-on-one art lessons.

Mindfulness Training May Improve End-of-Life Conversations in Advanced Cancer

Mindfulness Training May Improve End-of-Life Conversations in Advanced Cancer

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Study presented at 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting determined the feasibility of using a mindfulness intervention to improve quality of life and confidence in advance care planning discussions among patient-family caregiver dyads.

Palliative Issues Inadequately Addressed Among Hospitalized Cancer Patients

Palliative Issues Inadequately Addressed Among Hospitalized Cancer Patients

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Consultations for palliative care for hospitalized highly symptomatic patients with cancer is low regardless of curability or whether patient has hematologic or solid cancer, a study presented at 2018 ASCO has shown.

Patient-Provider Conversations Regarding Financial Impact of Cancer Therapy Lacking

Patient-Provider Conversations Regarding Financial Impact of Cancer Therapy Lacking

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Survey results presented at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting demonstrated the effects of financial toxicity on patients with early stage breast cancer.

Unprotected Sex After Chemotherapy

Unprotected Sex After Chemotherapy

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How long after receiving chemotherapy should patients wait to have unprotected sex?

Avoiding the ED: Planned Strategies for Unplanned Urgent Cancer Care

Avoiding the ED: Planned Strategies for Unplanned Urgent Cancer Care

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Results of a literature review highlighted 5 strategies for improving the management of urgent care situations in patients with cancer.

Coordinating Roles of ONNs, OSWs on Multidisciplinary Cancer Care Team

Coordinating Roles of ONNs, OSWs on Multidisciplinary Cancer Care Team

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

Clinical Research Nursing Staff an Important Part of Oncology Clinical Trial Programs

Clinical Research Nursing Staff an Important Part of Oncology Clinical Trial Programs

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The importance of oncology clinical research nurses in the clinical trial process was explored in a study presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress.

Online Program Aims to Assist With Clinical Trial Enrollment for Hematologic Cancers

Online Program Aims to Assist With Clinical Trial Enrollment for Hematologic Cancers

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A newly developed web site, described in a presentation at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress, aims to help nurses and patients explore clinical trial options for patients with hematologic cancers.

Education May Better Equip Nurses to Hold End-of-Life Conversations in Advanced Cancer

Education May Better Equip Nurses to Hold End-of-Life Conversations in Advanced Cancer

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That better informed patients can make better end-of-life decisions is well-known; however, nurse perception may be a barrier to earlier discussions. This project, presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress, sought to determine the effect of better informed nurses.

Understanding Nurses' Knowledge, Beliefs, Skills in Caring for LGBT Patients

Understanding Nurses' Knowledge, Beliefs, Skills in Caring for LGBT Patients

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Researchers at an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center measured nurses' knowledge, beliefs, and skills regarding caring for LGB and transgender patients as a step toward improving health care for this patient population. Their results were presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress.

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