TON - September 2018, Vol 11, No 4

TON - SEPTEMBER 2018, Vol 11, No 4

The Oncology Nurse-APN/PA spoke with Shantell Utley, OCN, MSN, BSN, RN, about how oncology teams can consult an extended network of cancer specialists by virtual tumor boards to expand access to state-of-the-art cancer care for rural patients.
“Treating financial toxicity at the patient level is similar to treating a symptom like fatigue,” said Yousuf Zafar.
There are many ways to collect patient-reported information, such as the routine use of patient-reported outcomes in patient care, which provides value by alerting clinicians to symptoms and by improving communications, symptom control, and quality of life.
“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.

“You’re supposed to celebrate your survival and get on with your life, but that’s also when the bills come due. So it becomes that much harder to ask for help,” said Ms Watson.

At the 2018 Cancer Survivorship Symposium, Erin Van Blarigan, ScD, advises that cancer survivors who follow the general recommendations for diet and exercise experience longer survival times and improved quality of life.
Ovarian cancer affects the glands found in women that produce eggs, known as ova, for reproduction. The American Cancer Society estimates that 22,240 women will be diagnosed with new cases of ovarian cancer in 2018, and 14,070 women will die from the disease during the same year.
A claims analysis of elderly patients with pancreatic cancer has shown that those receiving early palliative care consultations had lower healthcare utilization, including emergency department-related costs, than patients who received late palliative care.

In 2010, FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered successfully spearheaded passage of a congressional resolution declaring the first-ever National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer week.

The September issue of The Oncology Nurse-APN/PA (TON) is filled with important news and updates for oncology nurses.
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