Patient Counseling & Support
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 pairsJune 22, 2018
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 
Nurses can play a key role in assessing financial strain and involving social workers or financial counselors.
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.
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.
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.
The technology will facilitate data entry for patient navigation activities, evaluation of one or more patient navigators (PNs), and generate reports.
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.
Clinicians have an important role to play in providing support and guidance for caregivers.
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.
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.
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 PatientsJune 04, 2018
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.
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.
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.
Survey results presented at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting demonstrated the effects of financial toxicity on patients with early stage breast cancer.
How long after receiving chemotherapy should patients wait to have unprotected sex?
Results of a literature review highlighted 5 strategies for improving the management of urgent care situations in patients with cancer.
Please clarify the role and responsibilities of oncology nurse navigators (ONNs) vs those of the oncology social workers (OSWs).
The importance of oncology clinical research nurses in the clinical trial process was explored in a study presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The use of a contractor to make home repairs offers an interesting analogy to the shared decision-making experience.
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.
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