Preserving Sexual Function in Women After Cancer Treatment
Anaheim, CA—The primary reason that nurses cite for not approaching the topic of sexual health with their patients is lack of knowledge. At the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 44th Annual Congress, Lisa Chism, DNP, APRN, NCMP, FAANP, Clinical Director, Women’s Wellness Clinic, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, set out to change that by arming oncology nurses with enough knowledge to broach the subject confidently with their female patients. Read More ›

What to Expect with USP 800: Implementing Safe Handling Practices of Hazardous Drugs
Anaheim, CA—In 2016, the US Pharmacopeia (USP) published standards for safe handling practices of hazardous drugs, aimed at minimizing the exposure risk for healthcare personnel, patients, and the workplace environment. This set of standards is commonly known as the Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs (USP 800). Read More ›

Creating a Compassionate Workplace: Promoting Civility in Oncology Nursing
Anaheim, CA—Compassion fatigue is a unique response to caregiving professions, and is a natural and normal consequence of caring for patients who are suffering or traumatized, according to Susan B. Childress, MN, RN, OCN, Director of Nursing Services, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), Salt Lake City, UT. Read More ›

Considerations in Patient Navigation: Insights from an ONS Panel Discussion
Anaheim, CA—Although nurse navigation is a relatively new concept in healthcare, a growing number of organizations are launching navigation programs that provide patients with valuable services as they go through the many stages of their cancer journey. A panel of nurse navigators and healthcare professionals convened at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 44th Annual Conference to discuss key aspects of patient navigation, and give attendees the opportunity to ask questions and learn how navigators perform their roles and collaborate with other oncology nurses and members of the cancer care team to improve patient outcomes. Read More ›

Know Your Target: Precision Medicine 101
“This is a right target, right drug issue, and results might change based on the type of testing you use. So in order for you to pick the right drug, you need to know your target,” said James L. Chen, MD, at the Oncology Nursing Society 2018 Congress. Read More ›

Sexual Dysfunction After Cancer: Why Aren’t We Talking About It?

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.

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The Importance of Compassion: Perspective From a Lifelong Patient

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.

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Using a Team Approach to Tackle Opioid Abuse in Patients with Cancer
“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. Read More ›

Addressing the Second Victim Phenomenon

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.

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Chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy is an immunotherapeutic approach that has yielded favorable outcomes in various hematologic malignancies. Educating oncology nurses on how to recognize serious adverse events, such as cytokine release syndrome (CRS), is critical for early intervention and reducing CRS-related deaths. Read More ›

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