Herpes Zoster (Shingles) Vaccination After Autologous HSCT

​A phase 3 clinical trial reports that two doses of the adjuvanted recombinant zoster vaccine reduce the incidence of herpes zoster, commonly known as shingles, following autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Patients receiving high-dose chemotherapy for certain types of malignancies, including multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma, acute myeloid leukemia, neuroblastoma, and germ cell tumors, are often administered autologous HSCT in order to replenish the...
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Scalp Cooling for Oncology Patients With Kerry Kluska, RN, MSN, OCN®

​For patients with cancer, body image issues related to chemotherapy-induced hair loss can add to the stress of coping with their illness. To address this concern and help patients maintain their hair during chemotherapy, Lehigh Valley Health Network's Cancer Institute implemented a scalp cooling program. In this interview with i3 Health, Kerry Kluska, RN, MSN, OCN®, who served as a nurse and patient educator during the scalp cooling implementation, discusses the process involved in instituting ...
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“Getting Their Attention: Streamlining Patient Education” With Margaret Highley, MSN, RN, OCN®, and Rebecca Grimmett, RN, OCN®

Patient education regarding the purpose and side effects of medications can be important to ensuring adherence and optimizing patient outcomes. However, it can be difficult for patients to absorb this information while experiencing an episode of acute illness, especially given the anxiety that can accompany a frightening diagnosis such as cancer. Margaret Highley, MSN, RN, OCN®, and members of the surgical oncology unit at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at The Ohio State...
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Telerehabilitation Helps Patients With Advanced Cancer

​According to a new study, telerehabilitation can help patients with advanced cancer by improving function and decreasing pain, length of hospital stay, and requirements for postacute care. Patients with advanced cancer can experience disabling losses of function that impact their quality of life and increase their use of health care services. In addition, impaired mobility can increase the frequency and length of hospital stays. Rehabilitation services and conditioning activities can help to re...
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Preventing Venous Thromboembolism in Patients With Cancer: An Interview With Philip Wells, MD, FRCPC, MSc

​Venous thromboembolism is the third most common vascular condition after heart attack and stroke, affecting between 300,000 and 600,000 individuals in the United States each year. Patients with active cancer are at increased risk, with a 9.6% chance of developing symptomatic thrombosis during the first six months of chemotherapy. In this interview with i3 Health, hematologist Philip Wells, MD, FRCPC, MSc, Chair and Chief of the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and The Ottawa H...
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