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Oncology Nursing Forum

Jordan Harrison, Christopher Friese, Debra Barton, Nancy Janz, Susan Pressler, Matthew Davis
Objectives: To evaluate the association between heart failure and overall survival up to 10 years after breast cancer diagnosis. Sample & Setting: Women aged 65 years or older diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, with and without self-reported heart failure, were examined for this retrospective cohort study using Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results cancer registries in the United States. Methods & Variables: Cox proportional hazards regression was used to examine the association between heart failure status and mortality, adjusting for comorbidity and other clinical or sociodemographic differences...
January 2, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Lisa A Webb, Karen K McDonnell
PURPOSE: To conduct a descriptive, qualitative study to describe the experience of female African American lung cancer survivors, their perception of living with lung cancer, and their desire and ability to adopt positive health-related behaviors. 
. PARTICIPANTS & SETTING: The sample consisted of 18 African American women with a history of stages I-IIIa lung cancer. Three focus groups were conducted in a private conference center in two community hospitals in the southeastern United States...
January 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Ingeborg C van der Meulen, Anne M May, Ron Koole, Wynand J G Ros
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the feasibility of an intervention using the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Distress Thermometer and Problem List with nurse-guided follow-up and the effect on depressive symptoms, health-related quality of life, and worry of cancer in patients with head and neck cancer.
. SAMPLE & SETTING: 110 patients with head and neck cancer in a two-arm randomized, controlled trial in an outpatient clinic of a university hospital. 
January 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Deanne J O'Rourke, Michelle M Lobchuk, Rashid Ahmed
OBJECTIVES: To compare the attributions and emotions held by patients with lung cancer (affected individuals) and family caregivers in their management of the disease. 
. SAMPLE & SETTING: A secondary data analysis of 304 affected individuals and 304 family caregivers. Participants were selected from five oncology outpatient settings.
. METHODS & VARIABLES: Comparative analysis and regression modeling. Variables include responsibility, anger, and pride in managing lung cancer...
January 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Catherine F Macpherson, Jichuan Wang, Darren A DeWalt, Emily D Stern, Shana Jacobs, Pamela S Hinds
OBJECTIVES: To compare Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Pediatric Fatigue Short Form measures and legacy patient-reported outcome fatigue measures to capture cancer-related fatigue change in pediatric patients with cancer. 
. SAMPLE & SETTING: 96 racially diverse children and adolescents with cancer. The study occurred in a 32-bed inpatient unit and three regional outpatient clinics.
. METHODS & VARIABLES: The Fatigue Scale-Child, Fatigue Scale-Adolescent, and the PROMIS Pediatric Fatigue Short Form measures were administered at three time points during chemotherapy...
January 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Marta Macias, Francisco A Bernabeu-Andreu, Ignacio Arribas, Fatima Navarro, Gema Baldominos
OBJECTIVES: To determine the impact of barcode medication administration (BCMA) on the incidence of medication administration errors among patients in an onco-hematology day hospital and to identify the characteristics of medication errors in that setting.
. SAMPLE & SETTING: 715 patients treated in the onco-hematology day unit at the Príncipe de Asturias University Hospital in Madrid, Spain.
. METHODS & VARIABLES: A between-groups, pre-/postintervention study was conducted...
January 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Jason M Kiernan, Jody Conradi Stark, April H Vallerand
PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION: Despite three decades of studies examining music interventions as a mitigant of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV), to date, no systematic review of this literature exists.
. LITERATURE SEARCH: PubMed, Scopus, PsycInfo®, CINAHL®, Cochrane Library, and Google Scholar were searched. Keywords for all databases were music, chemotherapy, and nausea.
. DATA EVALUATION: All studies were appraised for methodology and results...
January 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Rubi M Garcia, Alexandra Hanlon, William Small, Jonathan B Strauss, Lillie Lin, Jessica Wells, Deborah W Bruner
OBJECTIVES: To explore the association between pretreatment body mass index (BMI) and post-treatment sexual function in women treated for endometrial cancer. 
. SAMPLE & SETTING: 28 postmenopausal women treated with vaginal brachytherapy (VBT) took part in this multisite exploratory secondary analysis at the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University. 
. METHODS & VARIABLES: Secondary data analysis was used to determine if pretreatment BMI is associated with post-VBT sexual function in postmenopausal women treated for endometrial cancer at baseline and at six months post-treatment...
January 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Danielle M Fournier, Angela F Bazzell, Joyce E Dains
PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION: Genetic counseling is vital in helping people at high risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) make informed decisions to undergo BRCA testing. Many people, particularly those in rural locations, lack access to these services. This review examines evidence to determine if remotely delivered genetic counseling via telephone or telemedicine is an effective alternative to in-person counseling for people who are at high risk for HBOC.
. LITERATURE SEARCH: A literature review was completed by searching PubMed, SCOPUS, and CINAHL® databases...
January 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Mallory F Ehrenzeller, Deborah K Mayer, Adam Goldstein
PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION: Continued smoking after a cancer diagnosis can lead to development of potential treatment interactions, secondary cancers, and comorbid conditions. The purpose of this article is to examine the prevalence of smoking after diagnosis and present current management strategies.
. LITERATURE SEARCH: The terms cancer, survivorship, behavior, smoking, and quitlines were searched in PubMed and CINAHL® from the start of the databases to December 2016...
January 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Anne Katz
For those of you holding this issue of the Oncology Nursing Forum (ONF) in your hands, the change should be tactile. We have changed the paper stock, and I hope you can feel that change. The pages are thicker and matte, and should feel more substantial against your palms. You might have noticed another change when you looked at the cover-we have updated the design and included titles of articles to entice readers to read what we have published.
January 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Annemarie Coolbrandt, Hans Wildiers, Annouschka Laenen, Bert Aertgeerts, Bernadette Dierckx de Casterlé, Theo van Achterberg, Koen Milisen
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy of an individually tailored nursing intervention for reducing chemotherapy-related symptom distress in adult patients with cancer. 
. SAMPLE & SETTING: A control group (n = 71) received usual care and an intervention group (n = 72) received usual care and the CHEMO-SUPPORT intervention, all at the University Hospitals of Leuven in Belgium.
. METHODS & VARIABLES: The intervention effect was evaluated by measuring the difference in outcomes between the two groups...
January 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Nonniekaye M Shelburne, Marilyn J Hammer
The mechanisms and outcomes of cancer treatment-related cardiovascular dysfunction are complex and influenced by cardiotoxic treatment exposure, preexisting heart disease, and lifestyle factors. Establishing and implementing evidence to prevent, detect, and manage cancer treatment-related cardiotoxicity requires engagement by the nursing science community.
January 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Yelena P Wu, Lauri A Linder, Patsaporn Kanokvimankul, Brynn Fowler, Bridget G Parsons, Catherine F Macpherson, Rebecca H Johnson
OBJECTIVES: To explore the feasibility and acceptability of use of a smartphone medication reminder application to promote adherence to oral medications among adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer.
. SAMPLE & SETTING: 23 AYAs with cancer from a Children's Oncology Group-affiliated children's hospital and a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in Salt Lake City, UT.
. METHODS & VARIABLES: Participants were asked to use the application for eight weeks...
January 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Crystal C Watkins, Iye Kamara Kanu, Jill B Hamilton, Sharon L Kozachik, Fannie Gaston-Johansson
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To determine differences in psychological distress, symptoms, coping capacity, and coping abilities among African American (AA) women with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) and non-TNBC and to explore differences in relationships among these variables.
. DESIGN: A prospective, descriptive, comparative, and correlational design.
. SETTING: Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
. SAMPLE: 30 AA women with breast cancer...
November 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
Chasity Burrows Walters, Elizabeth A Duthie
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To describe patient engagement as a safety strategy from the perspective of hospitalized surgical patients with cancer.
. RESEARCH APPROACH: Qualitative, descriptive approach using grounded theory.
. SETTING: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, New York.
. PARTICIPANTS: 13 hospitalized surgical patients with cancer.
. METHODOLOGIC APPROACH: Grounded theory with maximum variation sampling...
November 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
Marilyn J Hammer, Christine Miaskowski
The dissemination of research findings in articles is essential. Held to the same ethical standards of the studies themselves, the level of contribution determining authorship and authorship order needs to be established a priori. In the current era of team science, with its focus on the acceleration of personalized care, many people are needed to answer comprehensive research questions. This article explores how a large number of authors can contribute meaningfully to team science articles.
November 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
Charlotte Primeau, Catherine Paterson, Ghulam Nabi
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To explore the experiences of patients with metastatic prostate cancer and their partners/caregivers, as well as an interprofessional team, with a nurse-led multimodality supportive care intervention. 
. RESEARCH APPROACH: Qualitative study. 
. SETTING: National Health Service (NHS), Tayside, Scotland.
. PARTICIPANTS: 19 patients, 7 partners/caregivers, and 7 interprofessional members from four hospitals in NHS, Tayside, Scotland...
November 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
Soo Hyun Kim, Kisook Kim, Deborah K Mayer
PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION: This study aims to evaluate the effects of self-management interventions (SMIs) for cancer survivors who completed primary treatment. 
. LITERATURE SEARCH: Using PubMed, EMBASE, CINAHL®, PsycINFO®, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trails (CENTRAL), the authors conducted a systematic search of randomized, controlled trials published in English from database conception through June 2016. 
. DATA EVALUATION: The meta-analysis was conducted with Cochrane Review Manager, version 5...
November 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
Kristina H Karvinen, Lynda Balneaves, Kerry S Courneya, Beth Perry, Tracy Truant, Jeff Vallance
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To examine the effectiveness of online learning modules for improving physical activity counseling practices among oncology nurses. 
. DESIGN: Randomized, controlled trial.
. SETTING: Online.
. SAMPLE: 54 oncology nurses.
. METHODS: Oncology nurses were randomly assigned to the learning modules group or control group. The learning modules group completed six online learning modules and quizzes focused on physical activity for cancer survivors, general physical activity principles, and motivational interviewing...
November 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
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