TON - July 2018, Vol 11, No 3

The July issue of The Oncology Nurse-APN/PA (TON) is packed with indispensable news and insights for today’s oncology nurse.

The Oncology Nurse-APN/PA spoke with Sandra Kurtin, PhDc, RN, MS, AOCN, ANP-C, a nurse practitioner who specializes in treating patients with hematologic malignancies at The University of Arizona Cancer Center as part of a multidisciplinary team.

According to D. Kathryn Tierney, PhD, RN, cancer survivors, patients, and their providers are not talking about the incidence of sexual dysfunction, which can have a negative impact on cancer survivors’ quality of life as well as their intimate partners.

Compassion is defined as a feeling of deep sorrow for another’s pain, accompanied by an equally powerful desire to lessen or remove their suffering, be it mental, physical, or emotional. The difference between empathy and compassion is action.

“The longer a patient is on pain medicine, the harder it is to come off of it and the more it’s going to predict issues later on, so we have to continue to be vigilant,” explained Tonya Edwards, MS, MSN, FNP-C, at the Oncology Nursing Society 2018 Congress.

At the Oncology Nursing Society 2018 Congress, Susan D. Scott, PhD, RN, addresses the secondary trauma endured by clinicians when a patient dies because of an unexpected medical event, and the peer-to-peer support team that she and her colleagues formed at her clinic.

At the 2018 Cancer Survivorship Symposium, Margaret Rosenzweig, PhD, CRNP-C, AOCN, FAAN, explains how initial training in survivorship care is lacking for nurse practitioners, and how she and her colleagues developed a web-based training program to address this issue.

At the 2018 Cancer Survivorship Symposium, Cathy J. Bradley, PhD, MPA, discusses the topic of cancer survivors returning to the workforce, and the multitude of barriers these individuals face when returning to work.

According to data presented at the 2018 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancers Symposium, a shorter interval from surgery to the start of radiation therapy has been linked to improved survival in patients with head and neck cancers.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is far less predictable than Hodgkin lymphoma, and is more likely to spread to parts of the body outside of the lymphatic system.

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