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Oncology Nursing Forum

Kirstin Williams, Sandra Bergquist-Beringer
OBJECTIVES: To examine symptom occurrence and severity and overall health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in patients receiving cancer therapy guided by genomic profiling (matched therapy) and patients receiving nonmatched therapy. SAMPLE & SETTING: A retrospective and secondary analysis of data from 129 individuals with breast or gynecologic cancer receiving care at a regional outpatient cancer center. METHODS & VARIABLES: Descriptive statistics and multiple linear regression analyses were performed...
November 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Molly M Schumacher, Paula McNiel
OBJECTIVES: To determine the clinical significance of pre- and post-exercise rehabilitation physical and psychosocial outcomes of the Livestrong® at the YMCA program. SAMPLE & SETTING: 158 participants at the YMCA of the Fox Cities in Appleton, Wisconsin, were analyzed for pre- and postparticipation physical outcomes, 68 participants were analyzed for pre- and postparticipation psychosocial outcomes, and 11 participants were interviewed about their experiences...
November 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Oksana Saroa, Anita E Molzahn, Herbert C Northcott, Karmen Schmidt, Sunita Ghosh, Karin Olson
OBJECTIVES: To determine the information needs and preferences of patients who had human papillomavirus-associated head and neck cancer (HNC) and who were aged 18-65 years in the post-treatment phase of recovery. SAMPLE & SETTING: 205 patients who completed treatment for HNC at two large cancer centers in Western Canada. METHODS & VARIABLES: A self-administered survey was completed in paper or online format. Participants were asked about information considered most important, sources of information used during recovery, and sources considered most helpful...
November 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Shiho Rose, Brian Kelly, Allison Boyes, Martine Cox, Kerrin Palazzi, Christine Paul
OBJECTIVES: To investigate perceived stigma and its possible associations with treatment expectations and preferences in newly diagnosed patients with lung cancer. SAMPLE & SETTING: 274 patients with lung cancer diagnosed in the previous four months at oncology and respiratory outpatient clinics in Australia. METHODS & VARIABLES: Participants completed a self-report survey about perceived lung cancer stigma and treatment expectations and preferences...
November 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Silvia Raphaelis, Hanna Mayer, Stefan Ott, Rene Hornung, Beate Senn
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether written information and/or counseling decreases illness-related uncertainty in women with vulvar neoplasia. SAMPLE & SETTING: 49 women with vulvar neoplasia from four Swiss hospitals and one Austrian hospital. METHODS & VARIABLES: A longitudinal, multicenter, randomized phase 2 study was performed. The written information group received a set of leaflets. The counseling group received five consultations with an advanced practice nurse (APN) from diagnosis to six months postsurgery that focused on symptom self-management, healthcare services, and decision making...
November 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Robin M Lally, Christine Eisenhauer, Sydney Buckland, Kevin Kupzyk
PURPOSE: To obtain rural breast cancer survivors' perceptions of CaringGuidance™ After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, a web-based, psychoeducational, distress self-management program, and explore the feasibility of gathering survivors' perceptions about CaringGuidance using online focus groups (OFGs). PARTICIPANTS & SETTING: 23 survivors of early-stage breast cancer, a mean of 2.5 years postdiagnosis, living in rural Nebraska. METHODOLOGIC APPROACH: Participants reviewed the CaringGuidance program independently for an average of 12 days prior to their designated OFG...
November 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Ann Johnson, Marti Rice, Anne Turner-Henson, Joan E Haase, Andres Azuero
OBJECTIVES: To explore and estimate relationships among the elements of the symptom cluster in survivors of brain tumors aged 8-12 years during early survivorship. SAMPLE & SETTING: Child participants completed treatment at least six months and less than six years prior to enrollment at Children's Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham or Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. METHODS & VARIABLES: With cross-sectional methods, the authors measured child-perceived stress, sleep-wake disturbance (SWD) (parent report), and fatigue...
November 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Anne Katz
I tend to become reflective as the end of each year approaches. Thinking about what I managed to achieve during the past 12 months, what I have left undone, and how to try to make the next 12 months better occupies my mind as I drive to and from work or while on my treadmill. The year that is almost over has been a particularly turbulent one in part because of the news about celebrities ending their lives. I certainly enjoyed Anthony Bourdain's books and TV shows and admired his apparent love of the good things in life...
November 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Jenny Drott, Hans Starkhammar, Karin Kjellgren, Carina Berterö
PURPOSE: To identify and describe experiences of patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) who have neurotoxic side effects early in the oxaliplatin treatment period, and how neurotoxicity affects their daily lives. PARTICIPANTS & SETTING: 10 patients with stage II-III CRC were included. All were treated with adjuvant oxaliplatin postoperatively and assessed neurotoxicity via a platform-independent mobile phone-based system. Patients were recruited from two hospitals in southern Sweden from November 2013 to August 2014...
November 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Virginia T LeBaron
An article by Lally et al. (2018) in the current issue describes the process of collecting end-user feedback from a sample of rural Nebraskan women with breast cancer regarding a web-based, psychosocial distress management program, CaringGuidance™. The current article uses that study to inform discussion on future work in the realm of interventions for rural cancer survivors.
November 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Yun-Jen Chou, Hsuan-Ju Kuo, Shiow-Ching Shun
PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION: Cancer prehabilitation programs have been reported as effective means of improving quality of life (QOL) in people with cancer, but research is lacking. The aim of this systematic review is to explore the characteristics of cancer prehabilitation programs and their effects on QOL in people with cancer. LITERATURE SEARCH: A systematic review of databases (PubMed, MEDLINE®, Cochrane Library, EMBASE, CINAHL®, Scopus®) was performed using key terms...
November 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Dandan Chen, Weijia Sun, Na Liu, Jie Wang, Jingxia Zhao, Yue Zhang, Jinquan Liu, Wei Zhang
PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION: Fear of cancer recurrence (FCR) is prevalent among people with cancer; therefore, it is important to determine whether interventions offered to this population are effective in alleviating FCR. This review summarizes randomized, controlled trials in the literature about the effect of psychosocial interventions on FCR in people with cancer. LITERATURE SEARCH: A systematic review of the literature was conducted using PubMed, Web of Science, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library...
November 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Suanna Bruinooge, Todd A Pickard, Wendy Vogel, Amy Hanley, Caroline Schenkel, Elizabeth Garrett-Mayer, Eric Tetzlaff, Margaret Rosenzweig, Heather Hylton, Shannon N Westin, Noel Smith, Conor Lynch, Michael P Kosty, Stephanie F Williams
PURPOSE: Advanced practice providers (APPs, which include nurse practitioners [NPs] and physician assistants [PAs]) are integral members of oncology teams. This study aims to identify all oncology APPs and to understand personal and practice characteristics (including compensation) of those APPs. METHODS: We identified APPs who practice oncology from membership and claims data. We surveyed 3,055 APPs about their roles in clinical care. RESULTS: We identified at least 5,350 APPs in oncology and an additional 5,400 who might practice oncology...
November 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Mariëlle A C Peeters, Cora Braat, Janet M J Been-Dahmen, Gerda M Verduijn, Wendy H Oldenmenger, AnneLoes van Staa
OBJECTIVES: To provide insight into people's experiences in dealing with the consequences of head and neck cancer (HNC) in daily life and their needs for self-management support. SAMPLE & SETTING: 13 people with HNC who were successfully treated in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Erasmus MC Cancer Institute in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. METHODS & VARIABLES: Two focus groups and six individual interviews; data were analyzed with directed content analysis...
September 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Michaela S McCarthy, Ellyn E Matthews, Catherine Battaglia, Paula M Meek
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate a nurse-led, telemedicine-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI) in rural breast cancer survivors (BCSs). SAMPLE & SETTING: 18 BCSs diagnosed with stage I-III breast cancer in the rural western United States. METHODS & VARIABLES: In this prospective, pre-/post-test, quasiexperimental feasibility pilot trial, BCSs attended six weekly sessions of CBTI via Internet videoconference. Feasibility was assessed using recruitment and acceptability of the intervention...
September 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Victoria K Marshall, Eric A Vachon, Barbara A Given, Rebecca H Lehto
PURPOSE: To describe how family caregivers of patients receiving oral anticancer medication (OAM) may affect family caregivers' lives and determine what support caregivers need to manage OAM in the home successfully. PARTICIPANTS & SETTING: Family caregivers of individuals with cancer prescribed OAM recruited from oncology clinics in the Midwest region of the United States. METHODOLOGIC APPROACH: Focus group methodology was used to elicit caregivers' perspectives...
September 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Suzanne M Mahon
I would like to thank Anne Katz, PhD, RN, FAAN, for her thoughtful editorial in the July 2018 issue of Oncology Nursing Forum. At least twice, that I am aware of, someone has used my slides without my permission. The first time happened about 10 years ago. I gave an educational program on the fundamentals of hereditary cancer syndromes at a regional conference for oncology nurses. I provided a detailed outline for note-taking and a list of references and resources. On one slide, there was a picture of my entire extended family at our cabin in a remote area of the Ozarks in Missouri, as well as several other photos that I had taken of my daughters and dog...
September 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Melissa Henry, Yu Chang, Saul Frenkiel, Gabrielle Chartier, Richard Payne, Christina MacDonald, Carmen Loiselle, Martin J Black, Alex M Mlynarek, Antoinette Ehrler, Zeev Rosberger, Michael Tamilia, Michael P Hier
PURPOSE: To offer a better understanding of the experiences, preferences, and needs of patients with thyroid cancer. PARTICIPANTS & SETTING: 17 patients with thyroid cancer receiving treatment at a university-affiliated hospital in Montreal, Québec, Canada. METHODOLOGIC APPROACH: Interviews were conducted with patients, and descriptive phenomenology was used to explore patients' lived experience. FINDINGS: Coping with uncertainty was a major theme that emerged from interviews, with some of the main concerns being difficult treatment decisions, long surgery wait times, and fears about surgical complications, potential metastases, and death...
September 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Anne Katz
I try to touch base with the clinic nurses each day before patients and physicians (in that order) start arriving and the usual busyness of the day takes over. A recent early morning conversation centered on one nurse's frustration with the spouse of a man who had been treated in another city and who was now under the care of a physician at our clinic. The woman had been calling the nurse repeatedly since her husband had returned home after the procedure. He was having complications, and she wanted something to be done about this immediately...
September 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Marie Flannery, Karen F Stein, David W Dougherty, Supriya Mohile, Joseph Guido, Nancy Wells
OBJECTIVES: To assess an intervention derived from self-regulation theory (SRT) to promote well-being for individuals with advanced lung cancer. SAMPLE & SETTING: 45 adults with advanced lung cancer who were receiving chemotherapy at an ambulatory cancer center. METHODS & VARIABLES: Participants were randomized to the intervention group or usual care control group. Feasibility assessment focused on recruitment, retention, design, methods, and fidelity...
September 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
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