Exploring the Effects of Chemo Brain in Breast Cancer Patients With Patricia A. Gibbons, PhD, RN, AOCN

Many patients with cancer who receive systemic therapy experience cancer treatment-related cognitive impairment, commonly referred to as "chemo brain." Chemo brain is characterized by the inability to remember certain things and having trouble finishing tasks or learning new skills. For most patients, these effects are short-term; however, other patients may have long-term mental changes which negatively impact their everyday life. At the Oncology Nursing Society 43rd Annual Congress in Washingt...
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Demoralization and Suicidal Ideation Among Cancer Patients With Nancy Gilbert, MSN, RN, OCN

The incidence of suicide among patients with cancer in the United States is twice that of the general population. Studies demonstrate that demoralization, defined as lowered morale and perceived incapacity to cope, is strongly and independently related to suicidal ideation among cancer patients. Nancy Gilbert, MSN, RN, OCN and colleagues performed a retrospective analysis to determine the prevalence of suicidal ideation in cancer patients. Ms. Gilbert, nurse manager in the Psychiatric Oncology C...
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Immunotherapy in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia With Adrianne Janicik, BSN, RN, OCN

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) has a heterogenous disease course, and questions remain regarding when to initiate therapy, the application of prognostic markers, and the optimal regimens and sequences of agents for individual patients. At the Oncology Nursing Society 43rd Annual Congress in Washington, DC, i3 Health spoke with Adrianne Janicik, BSN, RN, OCN®, from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, about advances in immunotherapy for CLL and the importance of ensuring therapy adherence.

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