Patient Education

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.

NCCIH HerbList App Launched to Provide Information on Herbal Products

NCCIH HerbList App Launched to Provide Information on Herbal Products

NIH app provides patients with scientific, research-driven info on safety, side effects, and herb-drug interactions.

Patient Fears of Placebo Use in Clinical Trials

Patient Fears of Placebo Use in Clinical Trials

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What should be explained to patients regarding placebo use in controlled trials?

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.

New Recommendations Target Promoting Better Sun Protection Habits for All Patients

New Recommendations Target Promoting Better Sun Protection Habits for All Patients

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A new US Preventive Services Task Force Evidence Report is suggesting that greater efforts are needed to educate children and young adults with fair skin about risks of sun exposure. Although the Task Force recommendations are directed at primary care, its members are encouraging oncology nurses to take note of these new findings.

Class Preps Patients With AML for Successful At-Home Symptom Management and Self-Care

Class Preps Patients With AML for Successful At-Home Symptom Management and Self-Care

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A presentation at 2018 ONS Congress described the success of a class focused on preparing patients and their families to management their care after discharge.

Challenges of Shared Decision Making in Prostate Cancer Screening

Challenges of Shared Decision Making in Prostate Cancer Screening

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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.

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.

Tobacco Use Data Supports Efforts to Reduce Burden of Smoking-Associated Cancers

Tobacco Use Data Supports Efforts to Reduce Burden of Smoking-Associated Cancers

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Analysis of data from more than 1 million people demonstrates the value of tobacco-use data in tailoring public health programs to prevalence of smokers in local populations.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Educational Program Explains Biomarker Testing for Colorectal Cancer

Educational Program Explains Biomarker Testing for Colorectal Cancer

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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.

Coping With Lymphedema: A Patient Guide (Fact Sheet)

Coping With Lymphedema: A Patient Guide (Fact Sheet)

This fact sheet explains lymphedema and describes ways in which a patient may manage symptoms of this common side effect of cancer treatment.

Long Term Survivors of Prostate Cancer Express Treatment Decision Regret for Up to 15 Years

Long Term Survivors of Prostate Cancer Express Treatment Decision Regret for Up to 15 Years

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Study results show that patients with prostate cancer express treatment decision regret, with concerns regarding sexual function, bowel function, and PSA most commonly associated with regret.

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

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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.

Oral Cancer Medications: New Paradigm Brings New Challenges

Oral Cancer Medications: New Paradigm Brings New Challenges

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Nurse navigators are charged with finding the method that suits a patient best to ensure adherence to oral cancer therapy regimens and monitor for adverse effects.

Better Understanding of Prostate Cancer Genetic Test Results Needed

Better Understanding of Prostate Cancer Genetic Test Results Needed

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Some men who undergo multigene testing for inherited prostate cancer misinterpret findings of variants of uncertain significance.

Interactive Tool Improves Breast Cancer Treatment Decision-Making

Interactive Tool Improves Breast Cancer Treatment Decision-Making

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A tool called iCanDecide prepares patients for making decision about treatment better than static online information, study finds.

Standardized Discharge Education Plan Improves Patient Outcomes, Satisfaction

Standardized Discharge Education Plan Improves Patient Outcomes, Satisfaction

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Preparing patients to manage their care at home enhances patient safety, decreases the frequency of unnecessary emergency center visits and unplanned readmissions, and improves patient satisfaction.

Tissue Biobank Procurement Consent Should Include Discussion of Confidentiality Risks

Tissue Biobank Procurement Consent Should Include Discussion of Confidentiality Risks

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

Analysis & Perspective on Practical and Ethical Use and Interpretation of Whole Genome Sequencing Data During Clinical Trials

Analysis & Perspective on Practical and Ethical Use and Interpretation of Whole Genome Sequencing Data During Clinical Trials

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Despite the value of genomic sequence information, nurses need to be aware of the limitations of this information and ethical concerns regarding sharing it with patients.

Disparities Growing in Prescreening Discussions About Prostate-Specific Antigen Testing

Disparities Growing in Prescreening Discussions About Prostate-Specific Antigen Testing

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Conversations about benefits and drawbacks of PSA testing improved after the USPSTF updated its recommendations on PSA testing; however, some disparities in quality of these discussions increased.

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

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

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

Nurses Promote Community Health Through Formal and Informal Work

Nurses Promote Community Health Through Formal and Informal Work

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A workforce survey revealed that nearly all nurses are involved in volunteer work that enhance community health, with most choosing activities not related to their jobs.

VERT Program Eases Patient Anxiety, Improves Understanding of Treatment for Prostate Cancer

VERT Program Eases Patient Anxiety, Improves Understanding of Treatment for Prostate Cancer

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Virtual Environment Radiotherapy (VERT) program eases anxiety and improves understanding of radiation therapy for patients with prostate cancer.

National Brain Tumor Society Launches Brain-Tumor Clinical Trial Finder

National Brain Tumor Society Launches Brain-Tumor Clinical Trial Finder

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NBTS launched a clinical trial finder specific to brain tumors to engage patients in research and clinical trials.

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