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.
The results of a recent study indicated that teenagers with parents who have invasive cancer displayed no greater prevalence of psychosocial problems than did their peers with cancer-free parents.
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.
A study on screening colonoscopy for colorectal cancers, originally presented at ASCO 2013, found that from 1976 to 2009 late-stage cancer incidence decreased from 117 to 74 cases per 100,000 people, and early-stage incidence decreased from 77 to 68 cases per 100,000.
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).
The use of a centralized nurse-led telephone-based care coordination system failed to improve outcomes including quality of life, unmet supportive needs or visits to the emergency department after surgical resection of colorectal cancer, according to the results of a new study.
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).
Being offered a brief, dedicated discussion of end-of-life decisions relatively early in the trajectory of advanced cancer led to an earlier placement of do-not-resuscitate orders and decreased the likelihood that patients died in a hospital, a new study showed.
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).