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Cancer, oncology, education,

Amir S Steinberg, Anish B Parikh, Sara Kim, Damaris Peralta-Hernandez, Talaat Aggour, Luis Isola
OBJECTIVES: Antibiotic stewardship is an integral aspect of hospital care, limiting the potential for resistance while working to minimize waste. A similar system is needed in oncology, given the rapid proliferation of new therapies and the challenges of navigating a complicated reimbursement environment. A "cancer therapy stewardship program" has never been described in the literature. Here, we detail our efforts to design and implement such a program and share lessons learned to inform future projects...
March 2018: American Journal of Managed Care
Ozgul Erol, Serap Unsar, Lale Yacan, Meryem Pelin, Seda Kurt, Bülent Erdogan
PURPOSE: Uncontrolled pain, especially in patients with advanced cancer, affects quality of life negatively and causes negative physical and psychological conditions. The aim of this study was to explore the pain experiences of patients with advanced cancer and how they manage with pain, and to present a view of pain management approaches of nurses from the perspectives of the patients. METHODS: This was a qualitative descriptive study of sixteen hospitalized patients with advanced cancer...
April 2018: European Journal of Oncology Nursing: the Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
Katherine S Chen, Scott M Glaser, Allison E Garda, John A Vargo, M Saiful Huq, Dwight E Heron, Sushil Beriwal
BACKGROUND: Clinical pathways outline criteria for dose homogeneity and critical organ dosimetry. Based upon an internal audit showing suboptimal compliance with dosimetric parameters in whole breast irradiation (WBI), we conducted a mandatory web-based teaching conference for the network. This study reports the impact of this initiative on subsequent treatment plans. METHODS: Radiation treatment plans were collected for the 10 most recent patients receiving WBI at 16 institutions within the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center network...
March 16, 2018: Radiation Oncology
Babita Saigal, Laura Guerra
BACKGROUND: A common class-specific toxicity of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitors is stomatitis. Some patients experience a severe form of mTOR inhibitor-associated stomatitis (mIAS) that can have a negative effect on nutritional status, compromise quality of life, and potentially lead to nonadherence, reducing the efficacy of cancer therapy. OBJECTIVES: This article aims to address an unmet need for education about mIAS among oncology nurses and patients and to share findings about everolimus-related stomatitis from the SWISH trial...
April 1, 2018: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
Lynn Jakobs
BACKGROUND: Medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) is a rare cancer that has historically been managed by endocrinologists. In 2011, the first of several multi- targeted tyrosine kinase inhibitors was approved as treatment for MTC. These drugs have changed the management of MTC to teams that include oncologists and oncology nurses. OBJECTIVES: This article illustrates MTC diagnostics, surveillance, management of adverse drug reactions, and disease progression through a case study...
April 1, 2018: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
Karen Kinsley, Wendy Pritchett
Recent approaches in treating pancreatic adenocarcinoma, an aggressive disease with limited survival, include the use of liposomal irinotecan as an option when first-line therapy has failed. Liposomal irinotecan has been approved in combination with 5-fluorouracil and leucovorin for patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer. Liposomal irinotecan is a newer therapy requiring oncology nurses to obtain knowledge and skills for proper administrating, monitoring of hypersensitivity reactions during infusion, managing side effects, and providing patient education...
April 1, 2018: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
Kimberly A Bagley, Sarah E Dunn, Eliseu Y Chuang, Victoria J Dorr, Julie A Thompson, Sophia K Smith
BACKGROUND: A community hospital combined its medical and surgical patients with cancer on one unit, which resulted in nurses not trained in oncology caring for this patient population. OBJECTIVES: The Oncology Intensives Initiative (ONCii) involved the (a) design and implementation of a daylong didactic boot camp class and a four-hour simulation session and (b) the examination of nurses' worries, attitudes, self-efficacy, and perception of interdisciplinary teamwork...
April 1, 2018: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
Eric S Zhou, Karen Clark, Christopher J Recklitis, Richard Obenchain, Matthew Loscalzo
PURPOSE: Cancer patients are likely to experience sleep problems. Understanding their perception of sleep problems is important as subjective symptom experience is associated with treatment-seeking behavior. We explored the prevalence of sleep problems and its correlates in a large sample of cancer patients at an important but understudied stage of their cancer journey: prior to initiating treatment. METHODS: Cancer patients (5702) (67.5% female; 76.9% White; 23...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Amin A Ramzan, Stacy Fischer, Mary K Buss, Renata R Urban, Bruce Patsner, Linda R Duska, Christine M Fisher, Carolyn Lefkowits
As the only oncologists that provide both medical and surgical care, gynecologic oncologists encounter an exceptionally broad range of indications for prescribing opioids in clinical situations ranging from management of acute post-operative pain to chronic cancer-related pain to end-of-life care. While opioids are essential to the practice of gynecologic oncology, they can also have significant side effects and can be misused. Due to the explosive growth of opioid prescriptions and opioid-related overdoses and deaths during the first decade of the 21st century, there has been a recent concerted public health effort to prevent and treat opioid misuse through both legislation and education [1]...
March 12, 2018: Gynecologic Oncology
Bente T Jensen, Susanne V Lauridsen, Jørgen B Jensen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Whether prehabilitation in radical cystectomy adds to the effort of reducing postoperative morbidity and impairments in the survivorship phase has until recently received limited attention. This narrative review aims to summarize the current evidence base on prehabilitaion interventions focusing on the efficacy of procedure-specific interventions and the influence on postoperative outcomes. RECENT FINDINGS: Given the oncological risk, there is a relative short window to intervene and proactively optimize the patient before radical cystectomy...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Urology
Chyssoula Karlou, Constantina Papadopoulou, Elizabeth Papathanassoglou, Chryssoula Lemonidou, Fotini Vouzavali, Anna Zafiropoulou-Koutroubas, Stelios Katsaragakis, Elisabeth Patiraki
BACKGROUND: Nurses' caring behaviors are central in the quality of care of patients undergoing sophisticated chemotherapy protocols. However, there is a scarcity of research regarding these behaviors in non-Anglo-Saxon countries. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore caring behaviors that nurses perceive as important in caring for patients in Greece receiving chemotherapy. METHODS: We used a mixed-methods design, including a survey in 7 oncology wards in 3 cancer hospitals in Attica, Greece, and a subsequent qualitative focus group investigation...
March 13, 2018: Cancer Nursing
Alona Zer, Jean Claude Cutz, Harman Sekhon, David M Hwang, Christina Sit, Manjula Maganti, Mike Sung, Matthew Binnie, Anthony Brade, Tae Bong Chung, Suzanne Kamel-Reid, Paul Narinder, Ming S Tsao, Tom Waddell, Gilda da Cunha Santos, Milan Patel, Ron F Carter, Natasha B Leighl
BACKGROUND: Molecular testing in advanced lung cancer is standard in guiding treatment selection. However, population-wide implementation of testing remains a challenge. We developed a knowledge translation intervention to improve understanding among diagnostic specialists about molecular testing and appropriate diagnostic sampling in lung cancer. METHODS: Specialty-specific education programs were developed from existing literature and input from Canadian leaders in lung pathology, respirology, interventional radiology, thoracic surgery, radiation and medical oncology...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
Derek S Tsang, Jennifer M Jones, Osai Samadi, Suhayb Shah, Nicholas Mitsakakis, Charles N Catton, William Jeon, Joshua To, Henriette Breunis, Shabbir M H Alibhai
PURPOSE: To evaluate the ability of a multimodal patient education initiative to improve adherence to healthy bone behaviors (HBBs) in men with prostate cancer receiving androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). METHODS: This was a pilot prospective, single-site, before-and-after clinical trial. The control arm (n = 51) received routine care. The intervention arm (n = 52) received multimodal HBB education which included a healthy bones prescription (BoneRx), focused face-to-face education with an oncology nurse or physician, and customized educational materials...
March 12, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Bernadette Brown, Jane Young, David P Smith, Andrew B Kneebone, Andrew J Brooks, Sam Egger, Miranda Xhilaga, Amanda Dominello, Dianne L O'Connell, Mary Haines
BACKGROUND: This study assessed whether a theoretically conceptualised tailored intervention centred on multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) increased clinician referral behaviours in line with clinical practice guideline recommendations. METHODS: Nine hospital Sites in New South Wales (NSW), Australia with a urological MDT and involvement in a state-wide urological clinical network participated in this pragmatic stepped wedge, cluster randomised implementation trial...
March 12, 2018: Implementation Science: IS
Rebekah Laidsaar-Powell, Phyllis Butow, Frances Boyle, Ilona Juraskova
OBJECTIVE: Family caregivers regularly attend medical consultations and are often involved in decision-making; however, there are few practical strategies to guide effective communication for the clinician-patient-family trio. We aimed to develop and evaluate the first comprehensive guidelines for oncology physicians and nurses, on how to positively and effectively involve family caregivers of adult patients in consultations and patient care (TRIO Guidelines-1) and how to manage challenging interactions with family caregivers (TRIO Guidelines-2)...
January 31, 2018: Patient Education and Counseling
Smita C Banerjee, Chasity B Walters, Jessica M Staley, Koshy Alexander, Patricia A Parker
Delivery of culturally competent care toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients depends on how health-care providers (HCPs) communicate with them; however, research about knowledge, attitude, and behavior of HCPs toward LGBT patients is scant. The objectives of our study were to describe oncology HCPs' knowledge and examine if beliefs about LGB and transgender patients mediate the effects of LGBT health-care knowledge on open communication behaviors with LGB and transgender patients, respectively...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Health Communication
Phillip M Pifer, Mark K Farrugia, Malcolm D Mattes
BACKGROUND: Early palliative/supportive care (PSC) consultation and advance care planning (ACP) improve outcomes for patients with incurable cancer. However, PSC is underutilized in the United States. OBJECTIVE: To examine philosophical differences among PSC, radiation oncology (RO), and medical oncology (MO) physicians in order to understand barriers to early PSC referral. DESIGN: An electronic survey collected views of a nationwide cohort of health-care professionals regarding ACP and end-of-life care...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
Katarzyna Szpilewska, Jan Juzwiszyn, Zofia Bolanowska, Zofia Bolanowska, Magdalena Milan, Mariusz Chabowski, Dariusz Janczak
INTRODUCTION: The main reason of the emergence of enteric stoma is colorectal cancer. Enteric stoma is a serious health, as well as life problem. In Poland, there are about 6,000 stoma surgeries yearly. It changes the functioning of patients, restricts their daily activity and influences their quality of life significantly. Therefore, in the modern treatment process, all spheres of human life and its surroundings are considered. The evaluation of the quality of life and the level of acceptance of the disease enables us to identify the regions in which patients require attention and help, as well as places to which health promotion among patients with a stoma should be directed...
February 28, 2018: Polski Przeglad Chirurgiczny
Maria Olsson, Gunnar Steineck, Karin Enskär, Ulrica Wilderäng, Marianne Jarfelt
PURPOSE: Previous research has established that treatments for cancer can result in short- and long-term effects on sexual function in adult cancer patients. The purpose was to investigate patient-reported physical and psychosexual complications in adolescents and young adults after they have undergone treatment for cancer. METHODS: In this population-based study, a study-specific questionnaire was developed by a method used in several previous investigations carried out by our research group, Clinical Cancer Epidemiology...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Charlotte Vaysse, Elodie Chantalat, Odile Beyne-Rauzy, Louise Morineau, Fabien Despas, Jean-Marc Bachaud, Nathalie Caunes, Muriel Poublanc, Elie Serrano, Roland Bugat, Marie-Eve Rougé Bugat, Anne-Laure Fize
BACKGROUND: Oncology involves complex care and multidisciplinary management of patients; however, misinformation and ineffective communication remain problematic. OBJECTIVE: The educational objective of our study was to develop a new teaching method to improve cancer treatment and management by emphasizing the link between hospitals (inpatients) and their surrounding communities (outpatients). METHODS: A team of 22 professionals from public and private institutions developed a small private online course (SPOC)...
March 5, 2018: JMIR Medical Education
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