The Case of the Targeted Therapy Misperception
Jessica is preparing discharge teaching for Marty, a 63-year-old woman with stage IIIB high-grade serous ovarian cancer. During the discussion, Marty asks Jessica why such harsh treatment is being recommended when targeted therapies can kill cancer without destroying the immune system and causing any severe side effects.
September 20, 2016
Alpha, Beta, and Beyond: How Radiation Therapy Is Evolving in Cancer Care
The field of radiation therapy has come a long way since the introduction of x-rays in 1896. Radiation therapy is now used in nearly 50% of all cancer cases and contributes to 40% of curative treatment. With recent advancements, radiation therapy has grown by leaps and bounds.
August 02, 2016
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?
May 13, 2016
Cancer health disparities
How Have University-Community Partnerships Addressed Cancer Disparities in Hawaii?
Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders (NHOPI) experience a disproportionate burden of cancer. Although NHOPI make up only 1% of the U.S. population, they comprise 26% of Hawai‘i residents. The reasons for cancer health disparities in NHOPI include higher prevalence of tobacco use and obesity, lower income, lower rates of insurance coverage, and lower access to care than Caucasians.
April 05, 2016
Oncology health literacy
Patient Education Needs With Pazopanib Therapy for Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Few therapies are effective for treating advanced soft tissue sarcoma, so pazopanib quickly became a commonly prescribed therapy once it was approved for STS in April 2012. Although pazopanib is safe and effective, patients must be educated about its administration and side effects.
March 08, 2016
The Case of the Cancer Treatment Confusion
Erin is a 34-year-old woman who is newly diagnosed with stage IIIA, ER+, PR+, HER2–, BRCA– breast cancer. She has a 5 cm tumor and one positive lymph node. She's a single mom, with one five-year-old child. She says that she just wants to have a mastectomy, probably a double mastectomy, and “have it over with and start chemo.” She says she's tired of waiting and wondering what will happen.
February 16, 2016
Educate the Public About Palliative Care
My community hospital serves patients from several, small rural counties and many of the patients that I meet do not have a clear understanding of what palliative care is. Many are afraid of this term and by mentioning it, I have turned the conversation into a negative.
December 23, 2014