Mary Mccabe, RN, MA | Authors

We’ve Come a Long Way...and We’re Still Moving Forward

October 19, 2010

The increasing national and international attention to October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month brings to mind the tremendous progress made by the women’s rights movement over the last few decades.

Quality Care Depends on Knowledge and Action

July 09, 2010

Two very different articles in this issue of ONCOLOGY Nurse Edition drive home the lesson that evidence-based practice improves cancer care.

Supporting Cancer Survivors at Work: We're There When You Need Us

April 12, 2010

The May 2010 theme of Oncology Nursing Month is “Oncology Nurses: There When You Need Us.”

Genetics, Genomics, and Cancer: The Future Is Now

February 16, 2010

As a new decade unfolds, we are very fortunate to have an increasing number of new interventions available because of the recent tremendous advances in genetics and genomics.

Our Fall Focus on Women

October 08, 2009

October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness month, now in its 25th year, a time to contemplate important advances and milestones as well as future research needs.

From the Editor: Care Plans: Déjà Vu All Over Again

August 03, 2009

Formal recommendations for the support and management of cancer patients who are transitioning from active treatment to long-term follow-up are fairly recent, documented notably in the 2006 Institute of Medicine report, From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition.

Living Well: A Goal for All Patients

April 06, 2009

Change is in the air-and I don’t just mean the arrival of spring. The current national focus on health care is clearly evident from many quarters, including policy makers, health care institutions, and clinical staff. In addition to the discussion on health care coverage, there is an increasing emphasis on patient-centered care. As a result, we have before us a unique opportunity to assure the inclusion of survivorship and end-of-life care as formal parts of the health care continuum.

Letter From the Editor, New Beginnings

February 11, 2009

On January 20th, all eyes were on the inauguration in Washington, and most of us felt not only a sense of renewed hope but also some uncertainty about what the future will hold. In many ways, cancer patients also face these dual feelings of hope and uncertainty when treatment ends and they confront the task of finding a “new normal.” Re-establishing routines, relationships, and one’s connection to the world is eagerly wanted, but for some it can be daunting. The impact of cancer on one’s health, daily function, and body image, as well as financial and other concerns, also may present challenges.

A Challenge of Survivorship-Healing the Mind and Spirit

October 02, 2008

Helping cancer patients to recover and heal goes beyond managing physical consequences of treatment. Mental scars from the cancer experience can run deep. Patients often face profound psychological, spiritual, and emotional challenges as they navigate difficult treatments-and then, if all goes well, move into long-term follow-up.

Cancer Care for Now … and Later

July 01, 2008

In cancer treatment these days, the immediate-what needs to be done for the patient right now toward achieving long-term survival-is coupled with planning post-treatment surveillance, care, and support for patients who will likely survive their disease.