Cancer treatment is shifting from intravenous to oral formulations, and the evolution in therapy administration could change the way oncology nurses take care of their patients. As pharmaceutical companies develop more cancer treatment alternatives, the trend toward oral chemotherapy will grow, according to Pamela Ginex, RN, EdD, OCN, nurse researcher, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, who, in her current research, is looking at factors that promote patient adherence and those that deter it.
ONCC names 2014 advanced oncology certified nurse of the year by Nurse.com News
The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation named Deborah Boyle, RN, MSN, AOCNS, FAAN, as the 2014 Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse of the Year. Boyle, a clinical nurse specialist for University of California Irvine Health and the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, was selected for the award based on her contributions to oncology nursing and oncology nursing service, and her support and promotion of oncology nursing certification, according to a news release.
First nursing clinical guidelines for brain tumor patients released by Nurse.com News
To meet the unique needs of brain tumor patients, the American Brain Tumor Association and the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses announce the availability of the first clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of adults with brain tumors.
Power of the pen by Meaghan O’Keeffe, RN, BSN
Receiving a cancer diagnosis and experiencing the ups and downs of illness and treatment is often a traumatic experience, said Melissa Craft, APRN, PhD, CNS, AOCN, an expert oncology nurse who has worked extensively with high-risk breast cancer patients. Helping the patient work through that trauma can be as feasible and easily implemented as a brief expressive writing intervention.
Trending Now: How nurses are kicking the smoking habit by Nurse.com News
We asked: A survey found RNs showed the biggest decline in smoking rates among healthcare providers. Which cessation strategy has worked best for you? Our Facebook fans — nurses and nursing students — have spoken.
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Follow the latest clinical and professional nursing news, including a new study on breast cancer risk facing young women who smoke and the public release of cancer data from Pennsylvania hospitals.
Cancer Symptom Management, Fourth Edition
Jones & Barlett Learning
Written by three RNs, the book is designed to assist clinical oncology nurses in relieving and diminishing cancer patient symptoms. Multiple symptoms inherent in the treatment of cancer are covered, with each symptom examined in terms of its cause, pathophysiology, assessment, management, evaluation of therapeutic approaches and patient self-care. An access code to a companion website, with editable PDFs of the book’s appendices that include self-care guides for nurses to use with patients, is included with each new print book.
The Bethesda Handbook of Clinical Oncology
This guide, organized by body region, is a clear, concise reference book for the busy clinician to use in daily patient encounters. It focuses less on etiology, pathophysiology and epidemiology, and considerably more on practical clinical information. The most commonly used treatment regimens, including chemotherapy dosing and schedules, are included and new treatment regimens have been added to all appropriate chapters.
This guide, developed and edited by oncologists at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, is a simple, yet comprehensive review of basic principles of cancer management. Each oncologic disease is presented on two facing pages that review initial clinical presentation, pathophysiology, staging, current standard of care treatments and active areas of research. Each disease entity has been authoritatively reviewed by an oncologist with specific expertise in each subspecialty of oncology.
FEATURED CE COURSE | 1.0 CONTACT HOUR
Evidence-Based Nursing Management of Oral Chemotherapy | CE623 by Juanita Madison, RN, MN, AOCN; Helen Marshall, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP; Lois Williams, RN, MN, OCN; Ivy Riffkin, RN, MN, CPON; Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, RN, MN, PhDc and Ann E. Smith, RN-BC, BSN, OCN
Nurses are in a key role to identify challenges for patients receiving oral chemotherapy. The goal of this program is to provide nurses with an evidence-based overview of the effective management of patients receiving this type of treatment.
Ethically speaking: Advance care planning involves nurse advocacy by Carol Taylor, RN, PhD
Advocacy is central to a nurse's professional role and identity. The ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses, provisions 2 and 3, reads: “The nurse’s primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group or community. The nurse promotes, advocates for and strives to protect the health, safety and rights of the patient.”
Legally speaking: The nurse and informed consent for chemotherapy by Nancy J. Brent, RN, MS, JD
Informed consent for chemotherapy is an essential prerequisite to the administration of any oral or parenteral chemotherapeutic agent in any healthcare setting. Obtaining the patient’s informed consent for treatment with antineoplastic agents is the oncologist’s responsibility, and all the information the oncologist and patient share and agree to in this process is documented in the patient’s medical record. The oncology nurses’ role in patients’ informed consent also is fundamental.