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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.
Even after being diagnosed with cancer, it is never too late for a patient to implement healthy lifestyle and behavior changes.
Patients with cancer who undergo limb removal or have a mastectomy may experience phantom limb pain or sensations. As oncology navigators, we should discuss and prepare our patients for this possibility.
As more patients with childhood cancer reach adulthood, trends of risky behavior can be seen among this patient population.
If you are looking to make a change in the patient population you navigate, consider shadowing other professionals to assess what population for which you would like to provide care.
New recommendations suggest patients who get the COVID-19 vaccine should abide by a waiting period before getting a mammogram, CT scan, PET scan, or MRI.
Fear of cancer recurrence can cause survivors to postpone joy. As navigators, we can assist our patients by suggesting ways to alleviate their worries.
When cancer returns in the form of distant recurrence, oncology nurse navigators and patient navigators should prepare for the different kinds of reactions patients can have to this difficult news.
Clarifying the responsibilities of each member of the multidisciplinary navigation team will lead to more comfort in your role and better care for your patients.
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