After non-oncology units received comprehensive safety kits for handling oral hazardous drugs, chemo handling precautions at Maine Medical Center increased significantly.
Lori Smith, BSN, MSN, CRNP
Detailed education and other initiatives related to CHG cloth use boosted bathing compliance rates by 95% in 14 months, and decreased CLABSI by 8%.
A streamlined nursing protocol reduced delays related to treatment with oral formulations of chemotherapy and immunotherapy, and increased patient satisfaction.
In this slide show we highlight some of the top news from the past year on genetic testing for cancer, including gene signatures for identifying different sub-types of breast cancer, the influence of genetics on RCC outcomes, and the utility of liquid biopsies.
Researchers have discovered that genetic mutations associated with Fanconi Anemia may also result in a higher risk for certain cancers, even in patients who don't exhibit symptoms of the disease.
Ovarian cancer is a complex disease, comprised of many forms of degrees of aggression. Statistics for ovarian cancer remain startling and include 21,000 new cases annually in the United States and a staggering 14,000 deaths.
In 2016, it is estimated that there will be 22,280 newly diagnosed cases of ovarian cancer in the United States. Astonishing as it may seem, the lifetime risk for a woman developing ovarian cancer is 1 in 75, with a risk of death related to the disease being 1 in 100 (excluding low malignant potential tumors).
Are healthcare providers taking cancer survivors’ sexual health seriously? Are women (and men) being asked about their sexual health during and/or following treatment? Apparently not.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has changed recommendations on the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine schedule in 11- and 12-year-old children from 3 doses to 2 doses in at least 6-month intervals.
I think most women will agree that GYN exams are the least favorite part of our year. Lying on the table in a lovely paper gown can leave you feeling, let’s just say... vulnerable.