Creative Media and Messaging of Cancer InformationNovember 30th 2018
I decided to take on a personal video challenge during the month of November, to share cancer information with patients and caregivers. I created a series of livestream videos on Facebook each weekday.
Let's Grow Together and Transform Oncology Care at the Annual Oncology Nursing CongressNovember 14th 2018
Every year I attend the ONS Congress, and I find it to be an educational high, as I enjoy seeing oncology nurses from around the globe come together, networking, sharing best practices, mentoring, and presenting the latest and greatest data in oncology practice to our peers. This year, I will be presenting on the topic of leadership.
Connecting Potential Stem Cell Transplant Recipients with Survivors Aids in Procedure PreparationNovember 14th 2018
Elise James, LCSW, and Mayra Garcia, LCSW, describe the Stem Cell Transplant Meet and Greet program at The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, which provides psychosocial support to pre-transplant patients.
Incorporating Stress Interventions Into Breast Cancer ManagementNovember 9th 2018
An 11-year study showed that patients with nonmetastatic breast cancer who learned to manage their stress with cognitive behavioral interventions had less depression and a better quality of life.
The Effects of Breast Cancer Surgery on Elderly Women in Nursing HomesNovember 7th 2018
Elderly women living in nursing homes who were diagnosed with breast cancer may face a greater chance of death compared with their non-resident peers–despite what, for many in other age groups, is routine surgery. Therefore, the decision to perform breast cancer surgery must lie with the patient, family, and her physician.
Finding Strength and Hope in the Midst of Breast Cancer TreatmentOctober 13th 2018
Though having well-fitting wigs and prostheses may seem like secondary concerns to some, providing these items—and a safe environment within which to learn about them—can go a long way in helping a patient feel supported and positive about their appearance while they are receiving treatment.
The Importance of Identifying Anxiety and Depression in Men with Prostate CancerSeptember 13th 2018
Men tend not to seek out help for psychosocial issues—notably less often than women do, but a recent survey of patients with prostate cancer showed that 97% felt there was a need to help patients recognize the symptoms of anxiety and depression and find treatment for them.
The Nurse's Role in Cancer Treatment Decisions for Elderly PatientsAugust 24th 2018
An oncology nurse is an observer in what is sometimes a life-and-death drama. But sometimes, we must step into the scene and help the patient get information about what might happen before the curtain falls.
Feeding Tube Misconnections -- A Safety ConcernAugust 22nd 2018
If a nurse inadvertently connects an enteral device to another type of tube such as intravenous line or tracheal tube, it can cause the patient harm. Specialized connectors can prevent this from happening.
Grilling and Cancer: Turn Down the Summer HeatJuly 28th 2018
What you grill—and how you grill—can potentially produce cancer-causing substances. Here are 3 tips nurses can share with others to reduce the risk of carcinogen formation and still enjoy grilled food.