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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 ...

Chemotherapy Safety Precautions Essential Across Practice Settings and in the Home

Careful adherence to safety guidelines for administering chemotherapy is not only critical in the inpatient setting but also in ambulatory facilities and increasingly in the home with a growing nu...

Making Music Shows Promise in Treating Cancer-Related Symptoms

Joke Bradt, PhD, MT-BC It is no doubt that music surrounds our daily lives. Now, it is even proving useful in the treatment of patients with cancer. Music interventions, a category of integrative...

FDA Approves Primary HPV Screening for Cervical Cancer

Alberto Gutierrez, PhD The FDA has granted the first-ever approval for a diagnostic test alternative to Pap smear, the cobas HPV Test, despite objections from a number of organizations and ...

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