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Stem cell transplantation class for patients improves efficiency, patient satisfaction, nursing productivity

A class designed to help patients undergoing stem cell transplantation understand the process has resulted in a savings in nursing time of 576 hours per year and a 75% improvement in productivity in performing transplant education.The class followed by one-on-one discussions with the nurse coordinator, the social worker, the research coordinator, and the financial counselor, was described in a presentation at the Oncology Nursing Society 36th Annual Congress.

Open communication between mothers with breast cancer and their daughters improves coping skills and encourages health prevention

Open communication between mothers with breast cancer and their young adult daughters improves family members’ ability to cope with the disease and encourages proactive health promotion strategies such as cancer risk management, according to research presented at the Oncology Nursing Society 36th Annual Congress.

Preparedness workshops for breast cancer patients decrease distress and lead to earlier referrals to lymphedema specialists

Preparedness workshops that provide support and education about surgery decrease distress in breast cancer patients in the period between diagnosis and surgery and lead to earlier referrals to lymphedema specialists, according to research presented at the Oncology Nursing Society 36th Annual Congress.

Teledermatology extends the reach of hospital-based care to off-site centers

Tyrosine-kinase inhibitors and epidermal growth factor receptors are known for causing painful and visually disturbing rashes on nearly all patients undergoing treatment for cancer. In fact, rash is often cited as a cause of treatment cessation or dose modification, said Jeanine Gordon, RN, MSN, OCN®, in a presentation at the Oncology Nursing Society 36th Annual Congress.

Patient education improves adherence and outcomes in glucocorticoid-induced hyperglycemia

Educating the patient in self-care measures related to new onset glucocorticoid-induced diabetes is an oncology nursing challenge. However, when patients understand the dynamics of physiologic glucose and insulin metabolism, they are less likely to be intimidated by the complexity of insulin therapy. Visual aids help patients readily recognize symptoms of hyper- and hypoglycemia in themselves and initiate appropriate self-care, according to a presentation at the Oncology Nursing Society 36th Annual Congress.

Risk of ixabepilone-associated neuropathy is higher in patients with preexisting PN

Pre-existing peripheral neuropathy (PN) is significantly associated with the risk of developing ixabepilone-related PN. Peripheral neuropathy with ixabepilone is manageable and reversible within a period of weeks in most patients, and early identification of at-risk patients or patients with PN symptoms is the key to effective management of this effect. The data were presented at the Oncology Nursing Society 36th Annual Congress.

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