November 2016 VOL 7, NO 10

Letters from Lillie

Calling All Navigators: Join AONN+ and Further Our Progress in Overcoming Barriers to Care!

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

Dear Navigators, This month, our Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators will convene in Las Vegas for what promises to be an inspiring and entertaining meeting both in our [ Read More ]

Original Research

The Polaris Oncology Survivorship Transition (POST) System: A Patient- and Provider-Driven Cancer Survivorship Planning Program

Erin O’Hea, PhD
Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
Department of Psychology, Stonehill College, Easton, MA

Juliet Wu, BS
Departments of Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

Laura Dietzen, MS; Tina Harralson, PhD
Polaris Health Directions, Wayne, PA

Edwin D. Boudreaux, PhD
Departments of Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, and Quantitative Health Sciences
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA


Background: It is strongly recommended that individuals ending treatment for cancer have a “survivorship plan,” and new standards require survivorship planning for accreditation. However, a comprehensive plan is often neglected. [ Read More ]

Original Research

Survivorship Care Plan: Provider Version of SCP

Appendix A Survivorship Care Plan Provider Summary Name: PATIENT, MOCK DOB: 01/01/1950 Date of Plan: 10/16/2014 SCP Created by: Oncologist, MD Survivorship Care Plan: Provider Version of SCP The first [ Read More ]

Evidence into Practice

Psychosocial Support Services/Assessment

Cheryl Bellomo, MSN, RN, OCN, ONN-CG 

Cancer care provides an array of biomedical treatment, but it must also address the psychological and social problems associated with the illness. The cancer experience can have a life-changing impact [ Read More ]

Evidence into Practice

Novice Navigator Psychosocial Assessment/Support Services Psychosocial Domain

Morgan Finn, RN; Kimberly Foster, MBA, BSN, RN; Marian E. Gilmore, RN, OCN; Pamela Goetz, BA; Barbara R. McHale, RN, BS, OCN, CBCN 

Delivering psychosocial support to every patient at pivotal points in their care can prove challenging due to several practical factors facing cancer programs across the country. As institutions strive to [ Read More ]

Evidence into Practice

Seasoned Navigator Case Study Psychosocial Assessment/Support Services

Cheryl Bellomo, MSN, RN, OCN; Nicole Delano, MSN, RN; Tricia Strusowki, MS, RN 

The primary objective/reason for screening for psychosocial distress along the cancer continuum is to address patients’ perception of quality of life (QOL). Effective psychosocial care, consisting of a multidisciplinary team [ Read More ]

American Society for Radiation Oncology

Closing the Racial Divide for Curative Lung Cancer

Racial inequality in healthcare is a long-standing problem that has been studied for decades. The Accountability for Cancer Care through Undoing Racism and Equity (ACCURE) trial, one of the first [ Read More ]

American Society for Radiation Oncology

Call to Action: Address Patients’ Sexual Health

Sexual dysfunction is a common problem for cancer survivors, and nurses can be a part of the solution by addressing this issue, educating themselves, and joining with other health professionals [ Read More ]

Palliative Care

Immunotherapeutics: Changes in the Landscape of Advanced Cancer Care

Recent approvals of several checkpoint inhibitors across multiple cancer settings have brought more than just new and improved treatments to the clinic. According to David R. Spigel, MD, Chief Scientific [ Read More ]

Palliative Care

Novel Techniques for Measuring and Assessing Symptoms

Although symptom management is a cornerstone of high-quality cancer care, according to data presented at the 2016 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, clinicians often miss the incidence of patients’ symptoms [ Read More ]

Palliative Care

Quality Improvement Project Doubles Hospice Length of Stay

A simple quality improvement project to increase duration of hospice care for patients has doubled hospice length of stay, reaching the national median in 1 year. Conducted within the OhioHealth [ Read More ]

Palliative Care

Managing Immune-Related Toxicities

For many patients with advanced melanoma and lung cancer, checkpoint inhibitors have been a godsend, helping to extend survival to previously unthinkable lengths. While the impression is that checkpoint inhibitors [ Read More ]

Palliative Care

Caring About Caregivers: Implementing Formal Caregiver Support Programs

At the 2016 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, the message was clear and emphatic: We should care about caregivers as both co-deliverers and co-recipients of healthcare services. “Despite providing essential [ Read More ]

ESMO 2016

Published Studies Underreport Toxicities Associated with Targeted Therapy and Immunotherapy

Most oncologists’ knowledge about toxicities associated with newer therapies comes mainly from clinical trials, but publications of clinical trial safety results may be misleading, according to a study presented at [ Read More ]

ESMO 2016

Quality of Life Improved with Nivolumab versus Chemotherapy

In recent years, the cancer patient’s experience has been recognized as an important factor in determining the value of a treatment. According to patient reports, their quality of life (QOL) [ Read More ]