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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
Ellen W Evans, Elizabeth C Redmond
OBJECTIVES: To explore awareness of foodborne infection risk during chemotherapy treatment, to assess knowledge of risk-reducing food safety practices in patients with cancer and their family caregivers, and to determine self-reported food-handling practices. SAMPLE & SETTING: A convenience sample of 121 patients receiving chemotherapy and 51 family caregivers of patients receiving chemotherapy in the United Kingdom recruited in the community and using online advertising...
September 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Crystal Dodson
OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy of an interactive continuing education module in improving knowledge of pharmacogenomics in oncology nursing practice. SAMPLE & SETTING: 434 inpatient and outpatient oncology nurses from a large teaching hospital in Florida and oncology nurses who practice in North Carolina. METHODS & VARIABLES: An interactive continuing education module was created based on key information elicited from a focus group of inpatient and outpatient oncology nurses regarding their lack of knowledge on pharmacogenomics...
September 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Stacey Crane, Joan E Haase, Susan E Hickman
PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION: Pediatric oncology phase 1 clinical trials (P1Ts) are essential to developing new anticancer therapies; however, they raise complex ethical concerns about balancing the need for this research with the well-being of participating children. The purpose of this integrative review was to synthesize and appraise the evidence of how P1T participation, which begins with consent and ends with the transition off the P1T, can affect the well-being (either positively or negatively) of children with cancer...
September 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Anne M Kolenic
Nursing clinical research is a growing field, and as more nurses become engaged in conducting clinical research, feasibility studies may be their first encounter. Understanding what they are, how to conduct them, and the importance of properly reporting their outcomes is vital to the continued advancement of nursing science.
September 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Ashley Leak Bryant, Erin M Coffman, Brett Phillips, Tamryn F Gray, George J Knafl, Heidi D Klepin, William A Wood, Hyman Muss, Bryce B Reeve
OBJECTIVES: To examine longitudinal symptoms, mobility and function, and quality of life (QOL) in adults newly diagnosed with acute leukemia. SAMPLE & SETTING: 55 adults undergoing induction chemotherapy at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Duke Cancer Institute. METHODS & VARIABLES: A prospective, longitudinal study with measures of mobility and function, global physical and mental health, cancer-related fatigue, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance, pain intensity, and leukemia-specific QOL was conducted...
September 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Gil Bar-Sela, Rachel Gruber, Inbal Mitnik, Doron Lulav-Grinwald, Dan Koren
OBJECTIVES: To examine the association between attachment orientation and relationships with physicians and nurses among Israeli patients with advanced cancer. SAMPLE & SETTING: 52 patients with advanced cancer during active oncologic treatment. METHODS & VARIABLES: Eligible patients who agreed to participate in the study completed the Experience in Close Relationships Scale, Working Alliance Inventory-Short Revised, and a list of topics, which were defined by the research team as central and common to patients' coping...
September 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Victoria K Marshall, Barbara A Given
PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION: Medication beliefs are linked to medication adherence in cancer treatment. Oral cancer treatments are increasing, making patients responsible for self-managing medication at home. LITERATURE SEARCH: A literature search was performed using CINAHL®, PubMed, and PsycINFO. Included studies were published in English from 2000-2017 and examined medication beliefs among participants aged 18 years or older who were prescribed cancer medication. DATA EVALUATION: Articles were organized by study design, how medication beliefs were measured, and whether psychometric testing was evaluated...
July 2, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Grace A Kanzawa-Lee, Steven E Harte, Celia M Bridges, Chad Brummett, Daniel J Clauw, David A Williams, Robert Knoerl, Ellen M Lavoie Smith
OBJECTIVES: To explore associations between quantitative sensory testing (QST) and pretreatment pain, physical, and psychological characteristics in women with breast cancer. SAMPLE & SETTING: 41 women with treatment-naive stage 0-III breast cancer at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center in Ann Arbor. METHODS & VARIABLES: Participants completed self-report surveys and QST within the month before breast surgery...
July 2, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Lindsay A Jibb, Lindsay Croal, Jingting Wang, Changrong Yuan, Joel Foster, Verna Cheung, Brenda M Gladstone, Jennifer N Stinson
PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION: Improvements in pediatric cancer survival have increased interest in the experiences of children undergoing treatment; however, no review of the qualitative literature describing these experiences has been conducted. LITERATURE SEARCH: Databases were searched from January 2000 to January 2016 for qualitative studies describing the experience of children with cancer aged 18 years or younger. DATA EVALUATION: Two reviewers assessed abstracts for relevance and rated reporting comprehensiveness...
July 2, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Hilda Haynes-Lewis, Margaret F Clayton, Shankar Viswanathan, Alyson Moadel-Robblee, Lauren Clark, Michael Caserta
OBJECTIVES: To assess the prevalence of supportive care needs (SCNs) and distress and to describe relationships among these and patient characteristics for ethnically diverse older adults with advanced or recurrent cancer. SAMPLE & SETTING: Cross-sectional survey in five outpatient oncology clinics in an urban academic medical center involving 100 participants receiving cancer care in an economically challenged community. METHODS & VARIABLES: The supportive care framework for cancer care guided this study, and participants completed the SCN Survey Short Form 34 and the Distress Thermometer...
July 2, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Catherine Glennon, Susan F McElroy, Lynne M Connelly, Lisa Mische Lawson, Abigail M Bretches, Allyson R Gard, Lexsie R Newcomer
OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of a virtual reality intervention on pain and anxiety in patients undergoing a bone marrow aspiration and biopsy procedure. SAMPLE & SETTING: 97 adults in an outpatient cancer center in the midwestern United States. METHODS & VARIABLES: In this quasiexperimental study, participants were assigned to either the experimental group (use of virtual reality goggles) or the control group (standard treatment)...
July 2, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Anne Katz
I am sure that all of us have been to conferences where, sitting in the audience, the person next to or in front of you reaches up with his or her phone or other device and snaps a photo of whatever is on the screen. Or perhaps you are the one doing just that. I understand the reasons for this; we want to remember the information being presented and/or we want to take that nugget of information back to our colleagues at work. But is this an appropriate thing to do?
July 2, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
Clare Donohoe, Judy K Bosi, April Sykes, Zhaohua Lu, Belinda Mandrell
OBJECTIVES: To describe the clinical characteristics of children and adolescents undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) who develop oral mucositis. SAMPLE & SETTING: 45 patients who underwent HCT from July 2015 to May 2016 at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. METHODS & VARIABLES: Clinical factors were described as transplantation type, mucositis severity or grade, mucositis duration, days to engraftment, total parenteral nutrition (TPN) support, IV opioid pain management use during mucositis, positive blood or oral cultures, and length of hospitalization, then compared across mucositis grade...
July 2, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
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