March 2017 VOL 8, NO 3


Letters from Lillie

Presenting Evidence-Based Research and Translation for Best Use in Practice

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

Dear Navigators, I am exceedingly proud of the Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship (JONS) for many reasons, but possibly most important, I am proud to feature peer-reviewed, original, evidence-based [ Read More ]

Original Research

Efficacy of Patient Navigation in Cancer Treatment: A Systematic Review

C. E. Jojola, MA1; H. Cheng, BA1; L. J. Wong, MS1; E. D. Paskett, PhD, MSHP2; K. M. Freund, MD, MPH3; F. M. Johnston, MD, MHS1
1Medical College of Wisconsin, Surgical Oncology/Surgery, Milwaukee, WI
2Ohio State University College of Public Health, Department of Medicine/Cancer Prevention and Control, Columbus, OH
3Tufts University School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Boston, MA

Introduction: Patient navigation (PN) assists patients with financial, social, and health-related barriers to care by providing a personal escort to alleviate obstacles to achieve timely treatment. Herein we analyze the [ Read More ]

Original Research

Causes of Cancer: From the Perspective of Gynecologic Cancer Survivors

Annamma Sam, PhD, WHNP-BC
Advanced Practice Nurse
MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Background: Individuals often have their own personal theories about what may have caused their illness, including cancer. Only a few studies have examined cancer causal attributions in gynecologic cancer survivors. [ Read More ]

Evidence into Practice

Survivorship/End-of-Life Care

Cheryl Bellomo, MSN, RN, OCN 

The continuum of care for cancer patients following active treatment includes the transition to survivorship and end-of-life care. Care transition refers to the movement that patients make between healthcare practitioners [ Read More ]

Evidence into Practice

Novice Navigator: Case Study on Survivorship/End of Life

Eugenia Artice, RN-BC, BSN; Pam Goetz, BA, OPN-GC; Marian E. Gilmore, RN, OCN, ONN-CG; Barbara McHale, RN, BS, OCN, ONN-CG, CBCN 

Survivorship care delivery varies in different healthcare settings depending on the staffing, patient populations, and geography. Medical care for patients with cancer who live in a rural area requires a [ Read More ]

Evidence into Practice

Seasoned Navigator: Case Scenario on Survivorship/End of Life

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

Navigators have an essential role in ensuring that quality survivorship care begins at diagnosis and continues throughout the balance of patients’ lives. To be able to address the needs of [ Read More ]

Navigator's Notebook

A Story of Friendship: A Case Presentation

Penny Widmaier, RN, MSN 

In the fall of 2015, I received a phone call from a woman who identified herself as “a friend of someone in trouble.” That was an understatement. Both the trouble [ Read More ]

International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer

At the Heart of Survivorship Is “Person-Centered Care”

Surviving cancer begins at diagnosis, according to Natalie Doyle, DNP, Nurse Consultant for Living With and Beyond Cancer at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in London, UK. And in [ Read More ]

International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer

Preoperative Thoracic Surgery Education Improves Patient Outcomes

Preoperative thoracic surgery education increases patient satisfaction and decreases patient anxiety and readmission rates associated with postoperative complications, all while optimizing overall outcomes for thoracic surgery patients, according to Katherine [ Read More ]

International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer

eHealth and Supportive Care in Thoracic Oncology

Remote monitoring can improve quality of care and patient outcomes in the management of people with cancer, according to Roma Maguire, PhD, MSc, BN, RGN. “Today we’re seeing huge advances [ Read More ]

International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer

Nurses Play a Vital Role in Supportive Care for Patients Receiving Systemic Therapy

Progress has been made in lung cancer treatment, but as patients are living longer, addressing the toxicities of their systemic therapy is becoming increasingly paramount. In this field of patient [ Read More ]

International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer

The Role of Nurses in Providing Psychosocial Support for Lung Cancer Patients

Around 80% of lung cancer patients experience some level of psychological distress, but regardless of the availability of psychosocial services, nurses can employ simple interventions to reduce the psychological distress [ Read More ]

The Round Table: Insight From Expert Navigators

What Would an ACA Repeal Mean for Patients with Cancer? A Commentary

Mandi Pratt-Chapman, MA
Director of the Institute for Patient-Centered Initiatives & Health Equity
and Associate Center Director for the GW Cancer Center, Washington, DC

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides important protections for patients with cancer and cancer survivors. President Obama’s signature health reform legislation ensured that people with preexisting conditions, such as cancer, [ Read More ]