Survivorship

Hope, Gratitude, and Spirituality: What They Mean to Cancer Patients

Hope, Gratitude, and Spirituality: What They Mean to Cancer Patients

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A reflection on how these elements affect patients at the time of diagnosis, during their cancer journey, and how it can change their life in survivorship.

Real World Results May Not Mirror Clinical Study Outcomes in Multiple Myeloma

Real World Results May Not Mirror Clinical Study Outcomes in Multiple Myeloma

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A prospective TLN cohort study demonstrated that trial eligibility is a strong predictor of progression-free and overall survival among patients with multiple myeloma.

Combination Training Regimens Improve QOL for Breast Cancer Survivors

Combination Training Regimens Improve QOL for Breast Cancer Survivors

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A systematic review of 36 studies evaluated their findings to determine an overall effect of various types of exercise on quality of life for breast cancer survivors.

Choice of Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy Affects Satisfaction, Quality of Life

Choice of Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy Affects Satisfaction, Quality of Life

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A prospective trial with more than 2000 women who underwent mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction sought to determine patient satisfaction with their breasts and quality of life annually over 4 years after their procedure.

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.

Exercise Habits Influence Mortality in Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer

Exercise Habits Influence Mortality in Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer

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A multinational retrospective study investigated the long term effects of exercise intensity and frequency on all-cause and cause-specific mortality among adult survivors of childhood cancers.

Childhood Neuroblastoma Survivors at Risk for Psych Impairment

Childhood Neuroblastoma Survivors at Risk for Psych Impairment

Psychological impairment seen particularly in survivors with chronic health conditions.

Vigorous Exercise Improved Life Expectancy for Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancers

Vigorous Exercise Improved Life Expectancy for Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancers

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Researchers report on a retrospective cohort analysis that evaluated the long-term effects of vigorous exercise for survivors of childhood cancer.

A High Number of Breast Cancer Survivors Do Not Undergo Annual Surveillance

A High Number of Breast Cancer Survivors Do Not Undergo Annual Surveillance

A sizable number of breast cancer survivors do not undergo annual surveillance.

Nurse-led Interventions Improve Quality of Life for Lymphoma Survivors

Nurse-led Interventions Improve Quality of Life for Lymphoma Survivors

Patients with lymphoma were interviewed to determine their evaluation of a program that offered continuing clinical care with a nurse-led intervention in the early months of survivorship.

Effect of Myeloproliferative Neoplasm Diagnosis on Work, Employment Status

Effect of Myeloproliferative Neoplasm Diagnosis on Work, Employment Status

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Using a cross-sectional online survey, researchers sought to determine how a MPN diagnosis affects work productivity and employment for patients with polycythemia vera, essential thrombocytopenia, or myelofibrosis.

Risk for Long-Term Cardiovascular Disease Increased for Endometrial Cancer Survivors

Risk for Long-Term Cardiovascular Disease Increased for Endometrial Cancer Survivors

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Study investigates the risk for cardiovascular events among survivors of endometrial cancer, and the effect of treatment — chemotherapy vs chemotherapy plus radiotherapy — on survivors' risk for CVD.

Various Factors Effect Risk for Interval Invasive Second Breast Cancers

Various Factors Effect Risk for Interval Invasive Second Breast Cancers

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A review of surveillance mammography demonstrated the potential value of these images in post primary therapy treatment of women with breast cancer.

Long-term Impact of Retinoblastoma Therapy on Vision-Related Quality of Life

Long-term Impact of Retinoblastoma Therapy on Vision-Related Quality of Life

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Using the NEI-VFQ-25, researchers assessed vision-targeted health-related quality of life for survivors of retinoblastoma.

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.

Testicular Cancer Treatment May Increase Risk for Heart Disease in Survivors

Testicular Cancer Treatment May Increase Risk for Heart Disease in Survivors

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Recent research shows that although testicular cancer survivors do not totally conform to the criteria for metabolic syndrome, past treatment with platinum-based chemotherapy increases its prevalence among survivors and may lead to a greater risk for heart disease in this patient population.

Heart-Specific Mortality Not Higher Among Breast Cancer Survivors

Heart-Specific Mortality Not Higher Among Breast Cancer Survivors

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A retrospective cohort study of data from the SEER database assessed the potential risk of cardiac-related mortality in patients with breast cancer, treated with chemotherapy or radiotherapy, vs the general population.

Mental, Physical Late Effects Diminish Health-Related Quality of Life for AYA Survivors

Mental, Physical Late Effects Diminish Health-Related Quality of Life for AYA Survivors

Researchers reviewed data from a Swiss cancer registry to determine the effects of cancer survivorship on physical and mental health and health-related quality of life experienced by AYA survivors.

Individuals With a History of Cancer Report Lower Endurance

Individuals With a History of Cancer Report Lower Endurance

Fatigability and poor endurance appeared higher in those with a history of cancer, especially in older adults.

Calcitriol May Improve Hormone-Therapy Induced Osteoporosis in Breast Cancer Survivors

Calcitriol May Improve Hormone-Therapy Induced Osteoporosis in Breast Cancer Survivors

In this study, researchers determined the efficacy of calcitriol, weight-bearing exercise, both, or daily multivitamins on bone formation and resorption in breast cancer survivors actively maintained on hormone therapy.

Body Image, Quality of Life for Breast Cancer Survivors Improved by Intervention

Body Image, Quality of Life for Breast Cancer Survivors Improved by Intervention

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A randomized prospective study determined the effectiveness of the Restoring Body Image after Cancer (ReBIC) intervention in women breast cancer survivors who reported struggling with body image issues and sexual functioning.

Exercise Reduces Sleep Problems Experienced by Breast Cancer Survivors

Exercise Reduces Sleep Problems Experienced by Breast Cancer Survivors

Researchers examined the impact of BEAT Cancer intervention on sleep for breast cancer survivors.

Hearing Loss, Tinnitus May Predict Worse Outcomes for Cancer Survivors

Hearing Loss, Tinnitus May Predict Worse Outcomes for Cancer Survivors

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A survey of 754 cancer survivors sought to determine the association between number of neurotoxicities such as CIN, hearing loss, and tinnitus and outcomes for these patients.

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.

Adjuvant Therapy Duration a Continuous Discussion in HR+ Breast Cancer

Adjuvant Therapy Duration a Continuous Discussion in HR+ Breast Cancer

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Choosing the optimal adjuvant therapy option for a patient with early-stage HR-positive breast cancer should be a continuous discussion with the patient, according to a presentation at SABCS 2017.

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.

Three Factors Impede Cancer Survivorship Care in Primary Care Practices

Three Factors Impede Cancer Survivorship Care in Primary Care Practices

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A comparative case study of 12 advanced primary care practices identified the 3 factors that are barriers to integrating comprehensive cancer survivorship services into primary care practices.

Prosthetic Nipple Crowns Survivor's Quest for Improved Breast Reconstruction

Prosthetic Nipple Crowns Survivor's Quest for Improved Breast Reconstruction

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When her search for a realistic nipple to complete her breast reconstruction alluded Michelle Kolath-Arbel, a breast cancer survivor, she decided to make one herself.

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