Oncolytic viruses are receiving more attention these days as a form of cancer treatment, and have shown promise in clinical trials. These viruses are thought not only to cause direct destruction of the tumor cells, but also to stimulate a patient's immune response.
New treatment options for melanoma continue to be developed, especially in the areas of immunotherapies and targeted agents. Oncology nurses need to be knowledgeable about the various therapies being used, indication for use, and the management of adverse events.
ONS 2014: What Oncology Nurses Need to Know About Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Brain and Spine Tumors
Many of you have heard of stereotactic radiosurgery, but do you have an understanding of what this actually is, what kind of tumors are treated, and its associated side effects?
With the boom of technological advances and the increased use of social media come the potential ethical issues surrounding patient privacy and confidentiality.
According to a recent study, 89% of patients would be willing to use hypnosis to control side effects associated with cancer treatment. So, if patient are willing to try this, why are we not utilizing this kind of therapy more often? Myths associated with hypnosis are generally the reason.
Cancer patients who are of reproductive age (especially women) can be a challenge to treat when it comes to fertility, birth control during treatment, and treatment administration during pregnancy. And for women diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy, safe treatment options need to be considered.