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Oncology Nursing News Top Stories: July 2020

By Jessica Skarzynski
PUBLISHED WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1969
Each month, we take a look back at the most popular Oncology Nursing News® stories. Here are the top 5 stories from July 2020.

5. Dexamethasone Is Affordable and Promising in Treating COVID-19
As the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues, research efforts have revealed a potential weapon to add to the treatment arsenal against the virus, a drug that has historically played a crucial role in oncology treatment: the inexpensive, and widely accessible, corticosteroid dexamethasone.

4. Why Be an Oncology Nurse? A Patient Perspective
Like many people, Jane Biehl, PhD, thought she knew what the field of oncology was all about – before she became ill herself. Here, she details how her own experience as a patient with cancer has taught her all about the compassion and love found in oncology nurses.

3. Immunotherapy Does Not Increase Death Risk in Patients With COVID-19
According to new findings presented during the 2020 AACR Virtual Meeting: COVID-19 and Cancer, treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors did not increase the risk of mortality in patients with COVID-19 and cancer. Learn more in this recap.

2. Cancer Organizations Advocate for US to Remain in the World Health Organization
Leading cancer organizations and members of Congress recently wrote a letter to the White House advocating that the United States remain in the World Health Organization (WHO) after President Trump stated earlier this month that the US will withdraw from WHO.

1. Mental Health Treatment May Improve Cancer Outcomes
Oncology nurses treating patients with pre-existing mental health disorders may want to encourage patients to seek help, according to a recent study published in JAMA Oncology. Read more about these findings in this web exclusive.

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