December 2014, VOL 5, NO 6


Letters from Lillie

Ringing in the New Year

Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS 

Happy New Year! As 2014 comes to a close and we march into 2015, it is only fitting to hope that you and your family have a happy and healthy [ Read More ]

Evidence into Practice

Barbara McHale, RN, BS, OCN, CBCN

Barbara R. McHale, BS, RN, OCN, CBCN 

My initial encounter with patients with cancer began at the end of my first year of nursing school. I was assigned to a medical–surgical floor, and was given a patient [ Read More ]

Navigation Program Development

Sunrise, Sunset: Swiftly Go the Years

Many experienced oncology nurses who are retiring or approaching retirement possess knowledge about oncology patient care that comes from years of experience. They have seen a transition from general oncology [ Read More ]

Review

The Effect of Navigator Intervention on the Continuity of Care and Patient Satisfaction of Patients With Cancer

Cheryl Bellomo, MSN, RN, OCN 

Nurses serving in the role of navigator can be instrumental in addressing the barriers of timely access to care, implementing interventions to reduce disparities, and improving overall patient satisfaction with [ Read More ]

Patient Navigation

Relationship-Based Care: Creating a Patient Navigation Program Through a Professional Practice Model

Patient navigation has become essential for the care of the oncology patient in a complex healthcare environment; however, the term “navigation” has been used loosely to describe several functions of [ Read More ]

Interview with the Innovators

Providing Therapeutic Guidance for Breast Cancer Patients in the Molecular Era With the Breast Cancer IndexSM Assay:

An Interview with Stephen C. Malamud, MD, and Susan K. Boolbol, MD, of Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital

With the advent of gene expression profiling, we have gained the ability to objectively advise patients with breast cancer, among other cancers, on their risk of recurrence and potential benefit [ Read More ]

Commentary

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 ]