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Recovery of gonadal function and fertility is better with 2-day RIC regimen following HCT

Patients who require hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) and receive busulfan in a 2-day reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) regimen have a greater chance of recovery of gonadal function than those undergoing myeloablative conditioning (MC) using busulfan for 4 days, results of a study have shown. The data were presented at the Oncology Nursing Society 36th Annual Congress.

Treatment algorithm helps manage tivozanib-related hypertension

Physicians and nursing staff effectively managed hypertension—an established target-related side effect of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) inhibitors—using home blood pressure monitors and a treatment algorithm in patients enrolled in a phase 2 randomized discontinuation trial of tivozanib, a potent and selective inhibitor of all three VEGFR kinases. The data were presented at the Oncology Nursing Society 36th Annual Congress.

Learning community model overcomes cultural barriers to breast cancer awareness

Breast cancer myths, access to care, discomfort with health care providers, language, time constraints, and health insurance coverage. These barriers were identified by women from Peru, Haiti, Brazil, and El Salvador during the development of a Learning Community (LC) breast health program that was presented at the Oncology Nursing Society 36th Annual Congress.

A classic novel is the premise of a 2-day orientation to the BMT unit

The program, outlined by Lisa Privitere, RN, BSN, OCN®, BMT, RPCI, and colleagues, in a presentation at the Oncology Nursing Society 36th Annual Congress, follows the story of a young girl (the orientee) on an adventure attempting to make sense of her new world, growing up and forever being changed to the White Rabbit (the preceptor) carrying a watch, always in a hurry.

Multifaceted program encourages nurses to attain oncology certification

The results of a multifaceted program at a comprehensive community cancer hospital demonstrated that “growing” the numbers of oncology certified nurses is a “win-win” situation for patients and physicians as well as a great sense of achievement and pride for the nurses. The program was described in a presentation at the Oncology Nursing Society 36th Annual Congress.

Standardized posthospitalization education improves caregivers’ overall well-being

Standardized posthospitalization care education administered through an Oncology CarePartner Program that addressed the patient’s physical and emotional needs was found to improve caregivers’ overall well-being, but had no impact on the time spent on caregiving or difficulty with caregiving tasks. That’s the result of a study presented at the Oncology Nursing Society 36th Annual Congress.

Patient education should address fertility risks prior to chemotherapy

Honest and accurate information is of utmost importance when discussing fertility with the patient with cancer, and studies have established the need for structured patient education regarding fertility risks due to chemotherapy. However, surveys of adult oncology patients have found that fewer than 60% recall their health care provider discussing risk of infertility caused by cancer treatment or their options to preserve fertility prior to treatment initiation. A presentation at the Oncology Nursing Society 36th Annual Congress noted that while risk of infertility is well known, there is a lack of patient education prior to the start of treatment toxic to fertility.

Interventions decrease incidence of catheter-related bloodstream infections

An educational intervention designed to reduce catheter-related bloodstream infections (CR-BSIs) resulted in decreased infection rates that were sustained over time, results of a quality improvement process measuring the efficacy of such interventions have shown. Incidence of CR-BSIs in hematology and oncology inpatients are a high-priority concern: severe sepsis related to these infections can result in increased costs, morbidity and mortality, and prolonged hospitalization. The data were presented at the Oncology Nursing Society 36th Annual Congress.

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