NCI Study Finds Early Palliative Care Beneficial
Most nurses already know and have abundant experience with patients in palliative care. Recently, a National Cancer Institute (NCI) study confirmed that patients who receive early palliative care and standard treatment for advanced cancer have a better quality of life than those patients who do not receive the same interventions. Palliative care has been defined through symptom management, setting goals of care, and providing a variety of support from diagnosis throughout the survivor’s treatment.
December 01, 2016
Nurses Dispel Myths, Offer Valuable Education About Palliative Care
In many ways, palliative care is central to oncology nursing. Defined as care provided to maintain or improve the quality of life of those with a serious illness or injury, this holistic, inclusive symptom control care is something oncology nurses provide as part of routine daily practice—even if they do not label this practice as such.
November 15, 2016
Affordable Care Act (ACA)
The Important Health Policy Issues Oncology Nurses Should Know for the 2016 Presidential Election
The outcome of the 2016 presidential election will usher in a number of changes, as a new administration enters the White House for the first time in eight years. A large focus for both Republicans and Democrats will be on the healthcare industry and its accompanying details.
September 30, 2016
Palliative Care Initiated in the Emergency Department Improves Patients’ Quality of Life
Patients with advanced cancer often visit the emergency department to seek treatment for acute, distressing symptoms. Researchers conducting a new study have found that initiating palliative care during those visits leads to improved quality of life and does not shorten survival. The findings were published in JAMA Oncology.
March 15, 2016
ONS Members Teach Advanced Courses in Palliative Care in the Middle East
Health care, specifically oncology, doesn’t adhere to country borders or cultural differences. Cancer, in its many forms, affects millions the world over, and groups like the Middle East Cancer Consortium (MECC) and ONS are working diligently to spread quality cancer care interventions to the region.
March 11, 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
Palliative Care Is Not Just for the Dying
As a certified hospice and palliative care nurse, I was grateful to see the joint response from three nursing organizations that embraced the challenges presented in the IOM report, "Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life," and discussed how palliative nursing can address the key recommendations.
December 09, 2014
Ethics in nursing
When Do You Stop Fighting?
The war on cancer began in 1971 when Nixon signed the National Cancer Act. Since then, the war rages on. MD Anderson vows to make cancer history. Walking fundraisers urge people to join the fight, one step at a time. People who win the battle against cancer are survivors and those who don't—did they not fight hard enough?
March 31, 2014