TON - April 2010 Vol 3, No 2

Dessie Brown, LPN, works with a lot of cancer patients and loves doing it because she is able to help them in a unique way. Brown has been diagnosed with breast cancer twice, first in 1992 and then again in August 2009. This Feb ruary she finished her last round of chemotherapy.

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Despite their demanding jobs, Patricia Irouer Hughes, RN, MSN, BSN, OCN, and her colleagues on the oncology unit of Piedmont Healthcare in the Atlanta, Georgia, metropolitan area find time to volunteer in their community. "We are a special breed even though we cannot all be Florence Nightingale or Clara Barton," she says. Service learning or volunteerism was one of the requirements for acquiring her MSN degree from Regis University in Colorado, in keeping with the school motto "Men and Women in Service of Others."

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Healthcare is in a state of crisis across the nation. This, coupled with the impending nursing shortage and regulatory pressures, creates tension as well as an overall awareness for the need for change. Oncology patients admitted to Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (CCRMC) for chemotherapy treatments, as in many hospitals across the country, are sent to the medical/surgical unit. The caseload of patients receiving chemotherapy can vary week to week and month to month. As a result, maintaining competency and safe practice are challenging for the nursing staff.

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High doses of vitamin D can relieve musculoskeletal pain associated with aromatase inhibitors (AIs) in women with breast cancer, according to a study presented at the 32nd Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in San Antonio, Texas.

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Oncology nurses who are involved in clinical trials should consider exposure in the "popular press" as a means of increasing patient recruitment, investigators said at the 32nd Annual Breast Cancer Symposium in San Antonio, Texas.

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Opened in 1989, the Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC) at Desert Regional Medical Center was the first multidisciplinary outpatient cancer program in the Palm Springs, California, area. The CCC represents the collaboration of the multispecialty regional medical center with Aptium Oncology, a national provider of oncology management and consulting services. The CCC now employs 120 healthcare professionals and provides a full range of services, including screening, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care under one roof. Read More ›


In Buffalo, New York, there is a special type of continuity of care going on thanks to Marilyn and Julie Ross. This mother and daughter, both oncology nurses, treat a variety of patients on a daily basis at the same center.

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With all the stresses and demands of their jobs, can oncology nurses live happily ever after? Yes, according to Jennifer Kenderski, BSN, RN, OCN, who presented a poster on building resiliency to compassion fatigue at the 16th International Conference on Cancer Nursing in Atlanta.

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known to most as the Health care Reform Bill, will change the US healthcare system. But this bill contains much more than just new insurance options. For nurses, nursing workforce development programs have been reauthorized.

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Nurses from around the world met in Atlanta, Georgia, in March to attend the 16th International Conference on Cancer Nursing, cosponsored by the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) and the National Headquarters and South Atlantic Division of the American Cancer Society. The theme of the conference was Enhancing Knowledge, Promoting Quality.

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