TON - AUGUST 2012 VOL 5, NO 7
An automated computer-based telephone remote monitoring system with a built-in follow-up component involving nurse practitioners (NPs) appears to be feasible and effective for managing cancer patients’ unrelieved symptoms following chemotherapy. A study presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology showed that use of this system during chemotherapy cut the number of days with severe symptoms by two-thirds and the number of moderate symptom days by half, at the same time increasing the number of asymptomatic days and mild symptom days.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been the subject of some of the most contentious public debate in recent years, but many Americans are still misinformed about all or part of what the legislation entails. Though no law is perfect, the ACA has the potential to expand coverage opportunities and make access to healthcare more effective, particularly for people with cancer.
Educational materials for transplant patients are often too complex for patients to fully comprehend. That’s why oncology nurses at Cedars- Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, decided to produce 2 patient-friendly books that have gotten rave reviews from cancer patients and the whole oncology team.
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