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Legacy Letters: A Nurse's Tool for Discussing End of Life

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to present at my hospital's ethics committee on the topic of legacy letters. Although this tool–designed to help patients and their families to...

CPX-351 Gets Approval to Treat Some AML

The FDA has approved CPX-351 (Vyxeos), a fixed-combination of daunorubicin and cytarabine, for adult patients with newly diagnosed therapy-related acute myeloid leukemia (t-AML) or AML with myelod...

A Clear and Present Danger: Awareness, Vigilance Remain Key to Safe Chemotherapy Handling

Christopher R. Friese, PHD, RN, AOCN, FAAN It has been nearly a decade since the National Institute on Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) issued its seminal 2004 Alert warning healthc...

Longitudinal Study Finds No Increased Risk of Breast Cancer From IVF

Many risk factors for breast cancer have been identified. One suspected risk factor is in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment; however, several studies have been inconclusive because of limited fol...

Approaching a Taboo Topic: Sex During Cancer

Sex.  There, I said it.  The subject is uncomfortable for many under normal circumstances. When it comes to an adult cancer patient, the subject is often neglected, positioned far down on...

Oncodermatology and the Nursing Specialist

Have You Heard…. Have you ever wished you had a dermatology team specialized in oncology accessible while managing your patients dermatologic needs? There is a field that merges the two spec...

Kristie Howlett on Patient Hand Wiping in an Oncology Unit

Kristie Howlett, MS, RN, CNS, AOCNS® from the Sutter Roseville Medical Center describes the push for healthcare workers to wash their hands but she mentions that the information to offer incent...

The Power of Patient-Centered Care in Preventing Infections

Anne Llewellyn, RN-BC, MS, BHSA, CCM, CRRN Vascular access is an important component to improving quality of life for patients with cancer. Access is required not only for chemotherapy, but also ...

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