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July 22, 2013 | Articles & Whitepapers
It would be very unusual for a cancer patient to go through diagnosis and treatment without a loved one by their side. This loved one is usually a family member who is serving in the role of caregiver and likely has never been involved in supporting and taking care of someone with cancer before. They accompany the patient to consultations, surgery, chemo, and other treatment sessions. They are instructed by oncology providers what to do for their loved one after each of these visits and between doctors’ visits. What they aren’t provided very often is support for themselves.
July 17, 2013 | Articles & Whitepapers
Healthcare continues to change with a focus on prevention and outpatient care versus the long-standing way of reactive, inpatient acute care. There continues to be a role for inpatient care in oncology, but payer sources will reward the limitation of hospital visits in the future.
July 10, 2013 | Articles & Whitepapers
Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) is an unwanted side-effect of many chemotherapy drug treatments today. Complementary or alternative therapies, such as ginger, used in conjunction with other anti-emetic drugs have been shown to be promising in the battle to reduce nausea associated with chemotherapy treatment.
June 25, 2013 | Articles & Whitepapers
There are various points along the journey that we, as nurse navigators, need to be at the side of our patients when critical treatment decisions are being made. This is something that you do every day, and are more than familiar with regarding your role in education and support as it relates to this type of decision making.
June 25, 2013 | Articles & Whitepapers
Commonly when a breast cancer nurse navigator is educating and supporting a patient, the time period is focused on the point of diagnosis through their acute treatment. How do we really know if the patients, now as survivors, believe the right decisions were made regarding treatment options? How do we know they felt the decisions were made with their active input? Were they confident in their choices?
May 23, 2013 | Articles & Whitepapers
One of the dilemmas navigators experience—being able to plan their time well, as well as to explain to others in designated blocks of time how their time is allocated on a given day or throughout a given week. Some time measurement is easy—3 hours spent conducting a community outreach event, for example.
April 8, 2013 | Articles & Whitepapers
As nurse navigators, we rely on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines to help us direct patients to optimal treatment. A recent use of the guidelines by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) supported the institution on a decision to NOT offer the latest drug for advanced colorectal cancer.
March 22, 2013 | Articles & Whitepapers
When we are discussing minorities, we are usually referring to African American, Hispanic/Latino, and the American Indian/Alaska Natives in our society. In addition, underserved women are those who have a decreased income and socioeconomic status, lower education levels, commonly lack health insurance, and have limited access to healthcare in general. These patient populations are particularly challenging when facing the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
March 21, 2013 | Articles & Whitepapers
One of the roles of a nurse navigator is to be aware of breaking news that creates headlines and can cause alarm to your patient population. With the pace of electronic technology in the media, it is not possible to catch all of the latest events; however, patients should be encouraged to call and discuss any items that cause concern.
December 28, 2012 | Articles & Whitepapers
A consistent worry or concern that is shared among navigators is the measurement of what navigators do on a daily basis. The excuse that “we are just nurses” is not acceptable. Nurses assess, plan, implement and evaluate on a daily basis so navigators can do the same. A navigation assessment/evaluation/measure can demonstrate the benefit of the program to the organization and demonstrate value.
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