Genetic Testing Is Important for Survivorship
Cancer survivorship is filled with many challenges, hopes, and expectations. June 5 marks National Survivorship Day, and survivorship is being celebrated throughout the month. Survivors are often not sure where they're going once their cancer journey commences. In my practice, I care for people with a genetic risk for cancer, and I work with survivors on a regular basis.
The Psychological Benefits of Cancer Prehabilitation
Cancer prehabilitation is a whole-person approach to quality cancer care. Along with potential physical gains, patients who participate in cancer prehabilitation (interventions started prior to cancer therapies) may also benefit emotionally and socially. The Case of the Deconditioned Patient focused on the physical benefits Frank experienced as a result of attending prehabilitation before he had surgery for lung cancer. Frank’s psychological gains were no less impressive.
The Case of the Deconditioned Patient
Seven Simple Strategies Addressing Health Literacy
I was more than a bit nervous to make the call. After all, she was a biology professor and knew more about life on a cellular level than I could possibly fathom. She had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. And I was calling to educate her?
Navigating Moral Distress in the Face of Ethical Dilemmas
Outpatient Staffing Model Improves RN Roles and Functionalities
The Case of the Clinical Trial Candidate
The Impact of Complex Care Needs on Nursing Education
What Oncology Nurses Need to Know About Supporting AYAs With Cancer
The Amazing Power Of A Smile
Palliative Care Initiated in the Emergency Department Improves Patients’ Quality of Life
Addressing Myths About Family History and Cancer Risk
Urban legends. Myths. Sometimes you should not believe everything you hear or read. The more emotionally charged the issue, often the bigger the myth. In my practice of providing cancer risk assessment and genetics education and counseling, patients often thank me at the end of the session and tell me they are going to explore the information more extensively at home on the internet.
The Importance of Caring for the Caregiver
The Case of the Cancer Treatment Confusion
Understanding How Portion Control Keeps You Healthy
I was recently at a lovely event with a buffet. The food was spectacular and there were many choices for eaters of all palates. What struck me was the large size of the plates provided. It felt like they were encouraging diners to take larger portions or to load up on many different foods. There’s no doubt that many adults and children have no idea what a reasonable portion looks like or even what constitutes a serving. In all honesty, the size of the plate matters more than you think.
How Targeted Therapies Are Changing Treatment for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Nurses Don't Take Snow Days
People will discuss the enormous amount of snow that fell on the East Coast during January 2016 for some time to come. It was predicted, and the snowfall lived up to the hype. My daughters have lived with healthcare professionals their entire lives, and they know that healthcare providers do not get a day off just because the weather is bad. There are no snow days. Patients are still sick. Many people do not stop to think about the sacrifices and extra time it takes healthcare providers to get to work during inclement weather. Just prior to the big snow, there had been a smaller one in St.
New USPSTF Guidelines Call for Depression Screening in All Adults
What It Takes to Be an Infusion Room Nurse: Part Two
What It Takes to Be an Infusion Room Nurse: Part One
How to Manage the Side Effects of New Targeted Agents for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer
Rhythms of the Night Shift
The humming of the florescent lights in the quiet of the night shift on the bone marrow transplant unit at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, CO, doesn’t bother ONS member Pam Richardson, BSN, RN, OCN®, at all; in fact, she hardly notices it.