CONFERENCE REPORT Deborah A. Boyle, RN, MSN, AOCNS, FAAN Nurses’ vulnerability to the effects of antineoplastic agents is of concern as they may be exposed to low doses of many different types of drugs over a period of years. Potential routes of exposure include dermal absorption (ie, direct drug contact, contact with contaminated surfaces), injection (ie, sharps, breakages), ingestion (ie, via contaminated food, hand-to-mouth transfer), and inhalation (ie, aerosols, vapors).
CONFERENCE REPORT Deborah A. Boyle, RN, MSN, AOCNS, FAAN Genotyping, sometimes referred to as molecular fingerprinting, must be distinguished from genetic testing. Genotyping is done to tumor samples and tests genes in the malignancy only. There are no implications for children or siblings of patients, whereas genetic testing focuses on inherited conditions and targets people with a worrisome family history.
ANNOUNCEMENT Deborah A. Boyle, RN, MSN, AOCNS, FAAN Culture is a tool that its members use to assure their survival and well-being, as well as provide meaning to life. Conflict related to cultural beliefs within healthcare commonly arises during times of significant life change.
The integration of information technology into healthcare—such as EHRs and patient portals—is growing by leaps and bounds, and cancer care is no exception. Judy Murphy from HHS provides important perspectives on this topic.
Massage is considered a complementary modality in cancer care, used in tandem with medical therapies to promote comfort. The strongest evidence for the use of massage in cancer care suggests its ability to reduce pain and anxiety.
Culture is a tool that its members use to assure their survival and well-being, as well as provide meaning to life. Conflict related to cultural beliefs within healthcare commonly arises during times of significant life change.
With access to clinical trials growing in a variety of clinical settings, nurses increasingly need to develop core skills and knowledge to safely, effectively, and appropriately care for enrolled patients.
A large study of the impact of patient navigation (PN) on breast cancer management has found that women who receive PN are diagnosed faster than non-navigated women, and the difference is most striking among biopsied women.
When facing decisions involving children with cancer at the end of life, three themes drove parental decision making--communication, extending time, and understanding prognosis, according to a recent meta-analysis.
The AICR, noted for its investigation of links between lifestyle and cancer, has released a free digital book for cancer patients and survivors, with current, evidence-based advice on managing diet and activity during and after treatment.
Researchers have concluded after a large meta-analysis of trials involving more than 29,000 patients that patients taking currently available biologic therapies for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are not at increased risk of cancer.
Vismodegib is for the treatment of adults with metastatic basal cell carcinoma, or locally advanced basal cell carcinoma that has recurred following surgery or who are not candidates for surgery, and who are not candidates for radiation.
Tumor lysis syndrome (TLS) is a potentially life-threatening metabolic disorder characterized by an elevated uric acid level, elevated serum potassium and phosphorus levels, and a decreased calcium level.
Five Steps to Improving Patient Access Judy Capko, May 21, 2013 Patient access is getting increased attention through reform initiatives. Here are five steps you can take to make sure patients get appropriate access to care in your office.