October 2017 VOL 8, NO 10

Letters from Lillie

AONN+ Annual Conference: Connect, Learn, Invest, and Be Recognized

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

Dear Navigators, On behalf of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) leadership council and the conference faculty, I invite you to invest in your navigation career by [ Read More ]

Original Research

The Independent Specialty Medical Advocate Model of Patient Navigation and Intermediate Health Outcomes in Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients

Ewan K. Cobran, PhD1; Yesenia Merino, MPH2; Beth Roach, MSA3; Sharon M. Bigelow, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, AOCNP3; Paul A. Godley, MD, PhD4
1University of Georgia, College of Pharmacy, Department of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy, Athens, GA;
2University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior, Chapel Hill, NC;
3NavigateCancer Foundation, Apex, NC;
4Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC


Background: Navigation programs are generally characterized as providing patient-centered support and guidance intended to help patients and family members overcome barriers such as timely diagnosis resolution, patient satisfaction, coping with [ Read More ]

Original Research

Psycho-Oncological Education to Reduce Psychological Distress Levels in Patients with Solid Tumor Cancers: A Quality Improvement Project

L. Hendricks-Jackson1; K. Smith1; B. Kressel1; C. Bishop11; B. Posmontier2; C.J. Paller1
1Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD;
2Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Background/Objectives: Cancer patients often experience psychological distress, and about 30% experience significant distress. A posttreatment educational intervention may help reduce the psychological distress level for this population. The purpose of [ Read More ]

Barriers to Care

Lost in Translation? Use an Interpreter

When non–English-speaking patients seek medical care, interpreters can play an important role in facilitating an accurate exchange of information, but along with the benefits, there can be pitfalls, explained Phyllis [ Read More ]


Reproductive Considerations in Younger Cancer Survivors

In younger women who are cancer survivors, pregnancy planning and fertility preservation are important options. Speakers at the recent 2017 Annual Meeting of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in [ Read More ]

Psychosocial Support Services/Assessment, Side-Effects Management

Physical/Psychological Disability Common in Cancer Patients

Two comprehensive reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that physical and psychological disabilities are common in people living with cancer, and that they have unmet needs. These findings [ Read More ]

MASCC 2017, Side-Effects Management

Early Peek at MASCC Guidelines for Cancer-Related Fatigue

A panel of experts has developed a preliminary set of the first Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) guidelines for the management of cancer-related fatigue. These guidelines were [ Read More ]