TON January 2016 Vol 9 No 1

Boston, MA-In the keynote lecture at the recent Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, Howard L. McLeod, PharmD, discussed advances in personalized medicine as they relate to palliative care, as well as the challenges that remain within the realm of cancer care.
Boston, MA-When a parent has cancer, children can experience an array of psychosocial changes, according to Paula K. Rauch, MD. However, providing parents with the guidance they need to converse and interact with their children at the end of life can alleviate the entire family's suffering, and is an important aspect of palliative care.
Boston, MA-An intervention called the Serious Illness Care Program uses a systematic approach to train and support clinicians in conducting conversations about goals of care with their patients, thereby improving patient outcomes, according to Rachelle Bernacki, MD, MS, who presented the preliminary results of the study at the recent Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium.
Dealing with a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming not just for the person diagnosed, but for his or her family and friends as well. Attempting to keep loved ones updated while going through treatment and keeping up with the rigors of daily life can be incredibly exhausting for patients.
The featured cancer profile in this issue of The Oncology Nurse-APN/PA (TON) is CancerCare, a not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1944 providing individual counseling, support groups, as well as workshops in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Prostate cancer is the most common nondermatologic cancer in males in the United States.1 Incidence and mortality rates vary significantly between countries. In the United States, the lifetime risk of developing prostate cancer is approximately 1 in 7, with an incidence similar to that of breast cancer.
Until the late 1930s, stomach cancer-also called gastric cancer-was the leading cause of cancer death in the United States; although it is still a major cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, it is now much less common in this country.
Breast cancer is the leading cause of premature death in women. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), more than 40,000 US women will die of breast cancer in 2015.
CancerCare was started in 1944 with the mission of providing free professional support for people with cancer. The organization offers a spectrum of expanded services for cancer patients and their families and caregivers.

In This Article

  • Teamwork Improves Palliative Care and Saves Money
  • Scan, Treat, and Repeat: Living with Long-Term Metastatic Disease
  • APN-Led Clinic Improves Outcomes and Lowers Costs of Treating Head and Neck Cancer
  • Coping with Body Image: An Ongoing Process for Patients and Providers
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