​Why We Need Certified Oncology Nurses: An Interview With Barbara Gobel, MS, RN, AOCN®, FAAN

For oncology nurses, certification has a significant impact on career advancement and quality care. Since oncology is a rapidly changing field, up-to-date study materials are therefore crucial. To this end, Oncology Nursing Review, Sixth Edition, has just been published. This new edition is an essential guide for oncology nurses studying for the Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN®) exam offered by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC). Coauthor Barbara Holmes Gobel, MS, RN, AOCN®, FAA...
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Skin Creams Can Now Be Safely Used Prior to Radiotherapy

Up to 90% of patients undergoing radiation therapy for cancer experience radiation dermatitis. While the symptoms are mild or moderate for many patients, some experience severe dermatitis that can cause not only substantial discomfort but also infection. Treatment involves topical ointments, but patients are often advised to avoid these ointments for several hours before daily radiotherapy because of concern that they might increase the radiation dose to the skin. In a recent study, researchers ...
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Complementary Medicine Reduces Cancer Treatment Side Effects

The field known as integrative oncology involves a combination of conventional antitumor therapies and complementary therapies used to enhance wellness, improve quality of life, and relieve disease symptoms and treatment side effects. A study published this week in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that integrative oncology facilitated adherence to conventional cancer treatment and reduced treatment-related adverse effects. The study, by Elio Rossi, MD and colleagues at...
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Breast Cancer Side Effect Has Lasting Financial Impact

A recent study published in the Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer reported that the long-term financial burden of breast cancer can be exacerbated by lymphedema, a type of swelling that occurs due to the accumulation of lymphatic fluid after lymph node damage or removal as a part of cancer treatment. The researchers surveyed 129 breast cancer survivors in New Jersey and Pennsylvania regarding cancer treatment factors, insurance, comorbid conditions, and economically burdensome events since ca...
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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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