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Oncology specialists need to be proactive instead of reactive to side-effects management. Taking certain proactive measures, a specialist can prevent or considerably diminish side effects such as chronic fatigue, nausea, and hair loss.
Breast reconstruction technologies have come a long way since the 1970s, and mastectomy surgery should no longer be a dreaded procedure for women with breast cancer who are concerned about their physical appearance.
Sleeping more isn’t the solution to combat the chronic fatigue caused by chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and radiation therapy. So, what works and why aren’t cancer patients told about it?
With the delay in mammogram screenings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, oncology professionals should be prepared with resources for patients being diagnosed with higher stages of breast cancer.
Navigation teams may find it difficult to truly work together as a team if roles and responsibilities aren’t delineated.
When it comes to communicating with our patients, we need to take steps to ensure they are understanding of their diagnosis and next steps.
Preparing patients for the possibility of cancer recurrence is essential to their treatment plan. As oncology navigators, we should be prepared to respond to different reactions that may come from a diagnosis of recurrence.
Some patients with cancer may choose to become pregnant before they die. As their nurse navigators and patient navigators, we need to assist in considering the ethics and possibilities of this choice.
While COVID-19 may feel like it’s coming to an end for some, patients with cancer who haven’t gotten the vaccine need to continue to take extra precautions.
Hospice care often doesn’t occur until a patient is too ill to continue treatment. Encouraging patients to seek hospice care earlier could lead to a better quality of life and preparation for end of life.
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