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Let’s Talk about Sex, Gender, and Cancer: The Ethics of Bathroom and Cancer Surveillance

Mandi Pratt-Chapman, MA, Associate Center Director, Patient-Centered Initiatives & Health Equity, GW Cancer Center, Washington, DC 

America has a new obsession with bathrooms. The media is blowing up with stories about transgender individuals being denied the right to pee in peace. After a series of schools [ Read More ]

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Effective Navigation of Patients with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia or Acute Myelogenous Leukemia

Barbara Barnes Rogers, CRNP, MN, AOCN, ANP-BC 

Patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) usually exhibit anemia, leukocytosis, and normal or elevated platelet levels at the time of diagnosis; however, approximately one-third of patients are asymptomatic at diagnosis.1 [ Read More ]

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Best Practices in Patient Navigation: Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia

Barbara Barnes Rogers, CRNP, MN, AOCN, ANP-BC 

As new trends emerge in the management of patients with cancer, an increasingly complex care delivery system continues to evolve. Although this certainly represents progress, it is important to realize [ Read More ]

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When Normal Changes

Penny Widmaier, RN, MSN 

Receiving a cancer diagnosis changes the lives of our patients and their loved ones forever. Hearing the spoken word “cancer” creates tremendous fear, panic, confusion, and grief. Patients often report [ Read More ]

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Navigating the Professional Literature: Keeping Abreast of Evidence-Based Information to Enhance Our Practice

Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, ONN-CG 

For many years—decades, really—I have been receiving various peer-reviewed publications from the professional organizations of which I am a member. Over the years, I have come across peer-reviewed articles in [ Read More ]

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What Constitutes Good Oncology Care?

Quite often I am asked what constitutes “good” oncology care. Many people have their opinions; patients, doctors, allied medical professionals, and even health plan administrators like to weigh in on [ Read More ]

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A Navigator Is Key

Iyaad Hasan, DNP, CNP 

Advances in cancer care and treatment have led to excellent success in the “fight against cancer.” Millions of lives have been saved through the use of more targeted treatments and [ Read More ]

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Oral Adherence

Pam Goetz 

I’ve never met MMA, but I can tell one very important thing about her from the blog she wrote about adherence to therapy at home. MMA is not a “difficult” [ Read More ]

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Lung Cancer Screening in the “Real World” and the Role of Nurse Navigators

David E. Gerber, MD 

Since the publication of the positive results of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST)—the first lung cancer screening trial to demonstrate a reduction in lung cancer mortality—in the New England [ Read More ]

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It’s (Supposed To Be) A Wonderful Life

Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, ONN-CG 

Opinions are varied regarding how “survivorship” should be defined by patients and oncology specialists. There are also mixed opinions about when a patient actually becomes a “survivor.” Is it from [ Read More ]