February 2018 VOL 9, NO 2


2017 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium

Managing Fatigue Associated with Advanced Cancer

The prevalence of fatigue is very high across the cancer continuum, with approximately 60% of advanced cancer patients experiencing this condition. Even for patients with curable cancer, however, fatigue can [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting, Survivorship

The Survivorship Care Plan: More Than Just a Handoff

The survivorship care plan (SCP) is used to assist cancer survivors with the transition from active treatment to the survivorship phase, and according to Staci Oertle, RN, MSN, APN, AOCNP, [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting, Patient Education and Assistance

The Importance of Health Literacy in Patients with Cancer

Poor health literacy leads to poor health outcomes, according to Carla Schaefer, BSN, RN, OCN, Associate Director of Nursing Infusion Services at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. But helping [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting, AONN+ Standardized Metrics

Creating Partnerships Between Navigators and Physician Practices

Value-based cancer care is about better care, smarter spending, and healthier people, whereas the goal of the recently developed Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) Standardized Navigation Metrics [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting, Genetic Counseling

Genetic Testing in Oncology: Making It Make Sense

Oncology navigators should be educated on the importance of genetic testing in the lives of patients and their families, according to Leigha Senter-Jamieson, MS, LGC, and Associate Professor at The [ Read More ]

2017 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium, Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy and Radiotherapy: Current Status and Future Directions

As the number of patients receiving immune checkpoint blockade grows, the combination of radiation and immunotherapy has become increasingly relevant, particularly in the palliative care setting, where radiation is used [ Read More ]

2017 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium, Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy: Managing Severe Treatment-Related Toxicities

Immunotherapy has changed the landscape of oncology, particularly in advanced metastatic disease, where the chance of prolonged remission is now measured in years or even into the early decades in [ Read More ]

2017 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium, Patient Education and Assistance, Side-Effects Management

Nurse-Led Pain Education Reduces Pain Intensity in Patients with Painful Bone Metastases

In patients undergoing radiation therapy for painful bone metastases, results from a multicenter randomized trial suggest that pain management education may reduce pain intensity. According to data presented at the [ Read More ]

2017 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium, Palliative Care

The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care

A recent survey by Consumer Reports shows that nearly 90% of Americans would prefer to die at home, focused on comfort, and yet, two-thirds of Americans over the age of [ Read More ]

Letters from Lillie

AONN+ Requests the Honor of Your Presence: Join a Committee Today!

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

Dear Navigators, Social Workers, Administrators, and Clinical Staff, The beginnings of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) were based on empiric knowledge that navigating patients through the [ Read More ]

Chemoradiation Mucositis, Original Research

Evidence-Based Statistics on Complete Prevention and Rapid Sustained Elimination of Chemoradiation Mucositis by High-Potency Polymerized Cross-Linked Sucralfate

Ricky McCullough, MD, MSc 

Background: Of the 1.6 million individuals annually diagnosed with cancer, at least 522,166 received chemoradation, with 234,975 developing toxic mucositis and 20% dying within 5 years due largely to mucositis-associated [ Read More ]