May 2011 Vol 2, No 3

It’s May. And that means it is National Oncology Nursing Celebration time!
Nurse navigation and distress monitoring will go hand in hand as the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer institutes its Cancer Program Standards 2012: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care as part of its accreditation standards beginning January 1, 2012.
Having identified healthcare disparities reflected in the incidence of morbidity and mortality of breast cancer among Hispanic/Latina women (HLW), a team of nurses, Gina Miranda-Diaz, MSN, MPH, RN-CBPN-I; Magaly Fernandez-Ghander, BSN, MBA, RN; and Ivette Cora-Gonzalez, MSN, RN, conducted an assessment of breast healthcare disparities in Union City, New Jersey. As a result of those findings, Miranda-Diaz has initiated a navigation program for this population. The program seeks to increase screening rates among HLW, with the goal of reducing mortality through early diagnosis.
In March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the “Cancer Survivors— United States, 2007” report.
The number of women with a personal history of breast cancer is increasing, and these women have a long-term risk of developing a new or recurrent cancer in the conserved breast or a new cancer in the contralateral breast. Consensus-based recommendations for surveillance of breast cancer survivors include annual mammography; however, high-quality evidence is lacking on outcomes of mammography screening in these women.

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