Providing survivorship care plans to primary care physicians could help to enhance care coordination and boost physician confidence; however, a recent study indicated that only a small number of primary care physicians are receiving these plans from oncologists.
Increased doses of aerobic exercises lasting 50 to 60 minutes were found to be more effective than a standard dose of 30 minutes for managing declines in physical functioning and symptoms such as pain, hot flashes, and fatigue in women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.
Asking patients to track their nausea and vomiting after a course of chemotherapy helped the health care team to adjust medications and achieve better control of symptoms, according to the results of a small single center study.
At ONS Congress 2013, Peggy Scott explains how chemotherapy education classes at The Emily Couric Cancer Center, now in place for 2 years, have put patients at the center of their care and prepared them to start treatment (abstract 129532).
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, Janet Gordils-Perez, Carla Schaefer, and Jacquelyn Lauria from CINJ discuss evidence-based tools developed to support nursing assessment and effective interventions for patients with sleep-wake disturbances (abstract 120187).
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).
In this interview, Laura Zitella will be discussing challenges and considerations for management and prevention of infection in the oncology setting—in both patients with solid tumors and those with hematologic malignancies.