Patient Counseling & Support

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.

Dedicated End-of-Life Education Program Improves Nurses' Care, Patient and Family Satisfaction

Dedicated End-of-Life Education Program Improves Nurses' Care, Patient and Family Satisfaction

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A nurse-education program focused on end-of-life care that is compassionate for all involved in the cancer continuum — patients, their families, and the nurses — led to a hospital-wide educational program, introducing extensive changes and collaboration among nurses.

An Unusual Lesson on Informing a Shared Decision

An Unusual Lesson on Informing a Shared Decision

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The use of a contractor to make home repairs offers an interesting analogy to the shared decision-making experience.

Intervention Improves Body Image-Related Distress in Survivors of Breast Cancer

Intervention Improves Body Image-Related Distress in Survivors of Breast Cancer

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A randomized study assessed the effectiveness of an Internet-based psychological intervention in helping women survivors of breast cancer cope with the changes brought by their disease and treatment.

Too Much Information: When Prognosis Breaks Down Patient Communications

Too Much Information: When Prognosis Breaks Down Patient Communications

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Overwhelmed by her poor prognosis, a patient with a newly diagnosed advanced cancer cuts off communicating with her health care team.

Support for Exercise Programs During, After Cancer Treatment

Support for Exercise Programs During, After Cancer Treatment

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Which organizations recommend incorporating physical activity into cancer care and why?

Challenges for Young Adult Couples Facing a Cancer Diagnosis

Challenges for Young Adult Couples Facing a Cancer Diagnosis

A cancer diagnosis can alter life plans for a young adult couple, completely upending their carefully thought out plans. Understanding their unique challenges can ensure oncology nurses are prepared to help these patients and their partners face an uncertain future.

Following ACS Guidelines Shown to Improve Outcomes for Colon Cancer Survivors

Following ACS Guidelines Shown to Improve Outcomes for Colon Cancer Survivors

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A prospective study assessing the outcomes of a cohort of participants in the CALGB 89803 study determined the effect of following the American Cancer Society guidelines on survival for persons with colon cancer.

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.

Accountable Care Organizations linked to modest increase in appropriate cancer screening

1. Enrollment in Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) was associated with a decrease in breast cancer screening, increase in colorectal cancer screening, and decreased prostate cancer screening, reflecting more appropriate utilization of screening tests. 2. Changes in breast and colon cancer screening were strongly influenced by participant age. Evidence Rating Level: []

Colorectal Cancer Screening Rate Increased by Digital Self-Ordering

Colorectal Cancer Screening Rate Increased by Digital Self-Ordering

Fifty-three percent of intervention participants used app to self-order a colorectal screening test.

CHEMO-SUPPORT: A Nursing Intervention to Relieve Chemotherapy Symptom Burden

CHEMO-SUPPORT: A Nursing Intervention to Relieve Chemotherapy Symptom Burden

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Results of a mixed-method study that used a combination of self-report tools evaluated the efficacy of CHEMO-SUPPORT, a patient support program designed to help patients manage their chemotherapy-related symptoms at home.

Patients Identify Critical Elements of Support in Hematologic Cancers

Patients Identify Critical Elements of Support in Hematologic Cancers

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A cross-sectional study asked patients with hematologic cancers to name the components of care they felt were most crucial to their perception of optimal care.

Intervention Improves Breast Cancer Survivors' Memory Contentment

Intervention Improves Breast Cancer Survivors' Memory Contentment

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Results of a prospective study demonstrated the effectiveness of a 1-hour psychoeducational intervention designed to help survivors of breast cancer manage their chemotherapy-related cognitive dysfunction and improve their memory contentment.

Patients Desire More Online Tools and Access

Patients Desire More Online Tools and Access

Responses from the 2017 Patient-Provider Relationship Study indicate that most patients want greater connectivity, more online tools, and additional time with doctors.

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.

Urine Drug Testing Policy Can Assist Opioid Treatment Decisions

Urine Drug Testing Policy Can Assist Opioid Treatment Decisions

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Clinicians should use immunoassay screens and urine drug tests to determine compliance with chronic opioid therapy.

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.

Monetary Incentives Improve Quit Attempts in Mentally Ill Smokers

Monetary Incentives Improve Quit Attempts in Mentally Ill Smokers

Abstinence-contingent incentives improved smoking cessation outcomes among economically disadvantaged smokers with mental illness.

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.

Bacteria in Probiotics Carry Potential Risks for Immunocompromised Patients

Bacteria in Probiotics Carry Potential Risks for Immunocompromised Patients

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Should patients receiving chemotherapy take probiotics?

MOCHA App Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Achieve Weight-Loss Goals

MOCHA App Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Achieve Weight-Loss Goals

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A team from Methodist Hospital Cancer Center discuss an app developed at the facility that helps breast cancer survivors with nutrition and physical activity at SABCS 2017.

EMBRACE at Dana-Farber Improves Care in Metastatic Breast Cancer

EMBRACE at Dana-Farber Improves Care in Metastatic Breast Cancer

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A team from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute describe EMBRACE, their comprehensive care program for patients with metastatic breast cancer at SABCS 2017.

Bio-individualized Diet Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Stabilize Weight, Glucose

Bio-individualized Diet Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Stabilize Weight, Glucose

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Novel weight reduction plan helps breast cancer survivors achieve and maintain a healthy weight and glucose level, according to a presentation at SABCS 2017.

Balancing Early Palliative Care With Active Treatment in Advanced Breast Cancer

Balancing Early Palliative Care With Active Treatment in Advanced Breast Cancer

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An approach for incorporating palliative care into oncologic care early after diagnosis is explained in an education session at the 2017 SABCS.

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.

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