As the lead caregiver at the bedside, the oncology nurse plays a pivotal role in preventing missteps in end-of-life care decisions and ensuring that providers carry out the wishes of patients and families.
Identifying breast cancer patients who are at low risk for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting before the start of treatment may help avoid unnecessary use of antiemetic medications without compromising quality of care.
Palliative care should be provided with cancer care early in the course of illness for all patients with advanced disease, according to a new guidance statement from ASCO and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
At ONS Congress 2013, Rebekah Clark discusses a standardized fertility-preservation education program that boosted nurse-patient discussion of fertility options from 0 to 71% and referrals for interested patients from 17% to 80% (abstract 95960).
At ONS Congress 2013, Bruce Grant explains how integrating a nurse-driven tobacco cessation program for newly diagnosed oncology patients, called Quit Smart, into regularly scheduled appointments boosted the long-term quit rate (abstract 136806).