Staring at My Body: The Experience of Body Reconstruction in Breast Cancer Long-term Survivors
Conclusion: The results indicate that women with breast cancer have embodied the recovering experience to a new self and have adapted to identify their new bodies. They overcome being a female body with an absent breast(s) by discovering the value of their existence and being free from self-objectification. Implications for Practice: This study contributes to the understanding of the perception of body in long-term breast cancer survivors, which reflects the process of adjusting to the loss of a breast/breasts to reconstructing a new body experience. Health professionals could help and encourage women undergoing a mas...
Source: Cancer Nursing - April 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles: Online Only Source Type: research

Transfer Between Hospitals Is a Risk Situation for Patients After Lung Cancer Surgery
Conclusions: Study findings highlight a rarely considered risk of inadequate care before, during, and after hospital transfer of vulnerable patients. Transition between hospitals after lung cancer surgery is a part of patient care for which there are no policies or care plans and a time during which the borders of responsibility between caregivers are unclear. Implications for Practice: It is important to develop guidelines for clearly defined responsibilities during transfer between hospitals. Healthcare providers need to plan transfers with the same rigor as they do hospital care. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - April 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles: Online Only Source Type: research

Instrument Adaptation, Modification, and Validation for Cultural Beliefs About Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Korean Americans
Conclusions: Findings from this study show that KAs have unique cultural beliefs that should be reflected in the instruments used for CRC screening research with this population. Implications for Practice: The revised instrument could be useful in accurately measuring cultural beliefs among KAs and in developing culturally sensitive interventions to increase CRC screening behaviors among KAs. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - April 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles: Online Only Source Type: research

Validation of a Questionnaire to Delineate the Clinical Trial Nursing Roles in Korea
Conclusion: The Korean version of the CTNQ is reliable, valid, and interchangeable with the original CTNQ. Implications for Practice: The Korean version of the CTNQ can be used to validly and reliably assess the clinical trial nursing roles in Korea. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - April 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles: Online Only Source Type: research

Elapsed Time Between the First Symptoms of Breast Cancer and Medical Help-Seeking Behavior and the Affecting Factors
Conclusion: Psychological factors were the most important determinants in delay. The MHSB time was less if those first realizing the symptoms were healthcare professionals. Implications for Practice: Healthcare professionals should direct women to screenings and train them to interpret symptoms correctly. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - April 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles: Online Only Source Type: research

The 3-Phase Process in the Cancer Experience of Adolescents and Young Adults
Conclusions: Understanding the process that AYAs with cancer go through and taking into account their experiences can facilitate better psychosocial care for this emotionally vulnerable population. Implications for Practice: Healthcare professionals need to take a patient-centered approach, with a focus on communication, to meet the needs of AYAs throughout the cancer trajectory. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - April 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles: Online Only Source Type: research

Family Functioning Predicts End-of-Life Care Quality in Patients With Cancer: Multicenter Prospective Cohort Study
Conclusions: Family functioning may contribute to improved EoL QoC of patients with terminal cancer. Implications for Practice: Patients' family caregivers are a valued source of affection and communicative support, improving EoL QoC. More family-oriented cancer support systems can better maintain the effectiveness of QoC until EoL. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - April 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles: Online Only Source Type: research

The Ultimate Recognition—Honor at Home
No abstract available (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - April 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: DEPARTMENTS: Insights Source Type: research

The Relationship Between Body Image, Gender, Subjective Norms, and the Decision to Undergo Preventive Mastectomy Among Arab and Jewish BRCA Carriers
Conclusions: The results point to the importance of partners’ involvement in the decision to undergo preventive mastectomy. Also, important others (relatives, friends, and health caregivers) have an impact on the decision. Implications for Practice: Nurses need to consider cultural aspects of patients considering a decision about whether to undergo preventive mastectomy. Understanding the important others who might influence the decision and including them in the decision process are both essential. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - April 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Experiences of Oncology and Palliative Care Nurses When Supporting Parents Who Have Cancer and Dependent Children
Conclusions: Oncology and palliative care nurses take a reactive approach to family centred care, taking their cue from patients to initiate or request support for their children. Implications for Practice: Guidance was needed on children’s developmental stages and how to communicate with children of different ages. In addition, guidance was needed on assessing family needs and access to up to date resources. To enable nurses to engage with the issue of children, strategies of peer support and further educational opportunities need to be implemented. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - April 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Home-Based Psychoeducational Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivors
Conclusions: The results indicated that the psychoeducational program may be effective in reducing distress, anxiety, and depression and in improving the QOL in breast cancer survivors. Implications for Practice: Psychoeducational programs may be effective and should be considered as part of the survivorship care for breast cancer survivors. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - April 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

The Effect of a Health Education Intervention on Jordanian Participants’ Colorectal Cancer Knowledge, Health Perceptions, and Screening Practices
Conclusion: The findings support the implementation of a health education intervention as an effective way to enhance levels of knowledge and promote positive health perceptions regarding CRC and screening recommendations. Implications for Practice: This study may provide Jordanian and other nurses with a theory-based educational intervention to improve the quality of nursing care and reduce costs. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - April 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Experiences of Patients With Breast Cancer of Participating in a Lifestyle Intervention Study While Receiving Adjuvant Chemotherapy
Conclusions: Participating in a lifestyle intervention may impose additional burdens on patients with cancer undergoing adjuvant chemotherapy. Despite this, most women experienced participation as beneficial, and importantly, all would recommend that patients in the same situation should participate. Implications for Practice: Healthcare professionals should have the patients’ individual needs in mind when implementing lifestyle interventions, and the timing of lifestyle interventions should be implemented thoughtfully in patients with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy in an adjuvant setting. Furthermore, th...
Source: Cancer Nursing - April 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Assessing Self-concept as a Mediator Between Anger and Resilience in Adolescents With Cancer in Taiwan
Conclusions: Gender and age might affect anger control. Despite worse physical functioning and an impacted appearance, participants had normative-to-positive self-concept levels, suggesting that their self-concept might not be affected by cancer. Self-concept might play a mediating role between anger and resilience, thus helping to bridge this knowledge gap. Implications for Practice: The current gap in knowledge regarding the mediating relationship necessitates the implementation of a large-scale study designed to verify the mediating role of self-concept between anger and resilience. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - April 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Dilator Use After Vaginal Brachytherapy for Endometrial Cancer: A Randomized Feasibility and Adherence Study
Conclusions: Feasibility of recruitment into a study of vaginal dilator use was high. Adherence was low, and there was no difference between groups. Adherence to vaginal dilator use requires novel interventions to test. Implications for Practice: Nursing education that includes how dilators may maintain vaginal health may improve use because it was a motivator for adherence in this study. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - April 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use and Symptom Burden in Women Undergoing Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer in Malaysia
Conclusions: Complementary and alternative medicine use is common among Malaysian patients who are undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. However, CAM and non-CAM users reported similar symptom burdens, although single-modality use of MBP is likely associated with a lower symptom burden. Implications for Practice: Nurses should keep abreast of current developments and trends in CAM use. Understanding CAM use and the related symptom burden will allow nurses to initiate open discussion and guide their patients in seeking additional information or referrals for a particular therapy. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - April 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

The Relationships Among Symptom Distress, Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms, and Depression in Patients With Female-specific Cancers
Conclusions: The study demonstrated a high prevalence of depression in women with female-specific cancer, and the results confirm the relationship between PTSS and depression. In addition, educational level and physical distress were also found to be predictors of depression. Implications for Practice: Screening for depressive symptoms should be a component of routine screening in women with female-specific cancer. Oncology nurses should be aware of the distress symptoms experienced by these women and recognize PTSS in patients who are given a diagnosis of female-specific cancer. Awareness will reduce the multiple ris...
Source: Cancer Nursing - April 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
No abstract available (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - April 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: DEPARTMENTS: Editorial Source Type: research

Reviewer Thank You
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Source: Cancer Nursing - April 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: DEPARTMENTS: Reviewer Thank You Source Type: research

The Benefit of Pro Re Nata Antiemetics Provided With Guideline-Consistent Antiemetics in Delayed Nausea Control
Conclusion: Providing patients with strategies to further control nausea (p.r.n. antiemetics) in addition to guideline-consistent antiemetics is recommended for practice. Because the nausea experience contributes to symptom incidence in the next phase and cycle and because the nausea intensity demonstrated a significant relationship with function and global health/QOL, proactive supportive approaches are strongly recommended. Implications for Practice: Delayed nausea control may be improved by adhering to guideline-consistent antiemetics and using p.r.n. antiemetics. Delayed nausea control would contribute to patients...
Source: Cancer Nursing - February 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles: Online Only Source Type: research

Validation of the European Health Literacy Survey Questionnaire in Women With Breast Cancer
Conclusions: Our results supported the factorial validity of the 12-subdomain HLS-EU-Q with 46 items in women with breast cancer. It is recommended that the 12 subdomain scores be summed up to represent overall health literacy. Implications for Practice: The HLS-EU-Q with 46 items is recommended for use in capturing the diverse health literacy competencies of women with breast cancer in different health contexts. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - February 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles: Online Only Source Type: research

Refinement of a Conceptual Model for Adolescent Readiness to Engage in End-of-Life Discussions
Conclusions: Data support theoretical understanding of the dynamism of readiness. Future research that validates adolescent conceptualization will ensure age-appropriate readiness representation. Implications for Practice: Understanding the dynamic process of readiness for engaging in end-of-life preparedness provides clinician insight for guiding discussions that facilitate shared decision making and promote quality of life for adolescents and their families. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - February 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles: Online Only Source Type: research

Comorbid Dementia and Cancer in Residents of Nursing Homes: Secondary Analyses of a Cross-Sectional Study
Background: Life expectancy is increasing continuously, which increases the likelihood of developing dementia or cancer. Both dementia and cancer are serious conditions that give manifold symptoms. The interaction of these conditions is however complex and less explored. Objectives: The aim of this study was to identify the prevalence of cancer and differences regarding neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) and medication among nursing home (NH) patients with and without dementia and cancer. Methods: This is a cross-sectional study of Norwegian NH patients (N = 1825). Participants were categorized according to degree of ...
Source: Cancer Nursing - February 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles: Online Only Source Type: research

Supportive Care Needs and Association With Quality of Life of Mexican Adults With Solid Cancers
Conclusions: Physical, psychological, patient care, and informational needs were associated with decreased HRQoL of Mexican patients with cancer. Implications for Practice: Healthcare providers, including nurses, are encouraged to perform routine, comprehensive evaluations of the supportive care needs and HRQoL of patients with solid cancers to respond in a timely manner to their needs. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - February 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles: Online Only Source Type: research

Religiousness, Spirituality, and Salivary Cortisol in Breast Cancer Survivorship: A Pilot Study
Conclusions: Feasibility, validity, and acceptability of self-collected SDC biospecimens with an optional mail-back protocol (at moderate temperatures) were demonstrated. Positive spiritual beliefs were associated with neuroendocrine-mediated peak cortisol awakening response activity; however, additional research is recommended. Implications for Practice: Objective measures of DSC sampling that include enough collection time points to assess DSC parameters would increase the rigor of future DSC measurement. Breast cancer survivors may benefit from nursing care that includes spiritual assessment and therapeutic convers...
Source: Cancer Nursing - February 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

The Dyadic Effects of Family Cohesion and Communication on Health-Related Quality of Life: The Moderating Role of Sex
Conclusions: Enhancing family cohesion and communication within the family can improve the spouses’ HRQOL. Findings regarding sex differences serve as a rationale for gender-based approaches to improving HRQOL in survivorship care in the family context. Implications for Practice: Couple- and/or family-based interventions should be designed to enhance family cohesion and improve family communication skills for effective adjustments within couples and families. Supportive care within the family context can be promoted to address the diverse challenges of survivorship care. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - February 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

An Integrative Review of Psychosocial Concerns Among Young African American Breast Cancer Survivors
Conclusions: The review revealed key areas of psychosocial concerns among young AA survivors including ongoing anxiety/depression, cognitive changes, and relationships. Identified gaps include paucity of research with young AA survivors and their residual psychosocial concerns. Implications for Practice: Review findings indicate a need to increase survivorship research on young AA survivors. Researchers, clinicians, and young AA survivors must partner in efforts to understand psychosocial concerns and translate findings into clinical practice (ie, use of psychosocial distress tools, distress de-escalation protocols, a...
Source: Cancer Nursing - February 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

The Nourishing Role: Exploratory Qualitative Research Revealing Unmet Support Needs in Family Carers of Patients With Advanced Cancer and Eating Problems
Conclusions: Family cancer carers have a nourishing role that requires knowledge and skill beyond the everyday. Implications for Practice: Cancer carers need education in how best to provide nutritional care. They also need support in managing their own nutritional risk. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - February 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Exploring Meaning in the Life of Chinese Breast Cancer Survivors
Conclusion: Chinese breast cancer survivors value physical health as well as spiritual fulfillment. The experience of adapting to life with cancer, having a good relationship with others, pursuing life goals, and fulfilling responsibility consists of a satisfying life, which makes life more meaningful. Implications for Practice: Health providers should pay more attention to survivors’ experience of meaning in life and help them enhance meaning in life and improve their quality of life through building good relationship with others, achieving purpose in life, and fulfilling responsibility for family and society. ...
Source: Cancer Nursing - February 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Cancer Survivors’ Experiences and Explanations of Postcancer Fatigue: An Analysis of Online Blogs
Conclusions: Online blogs are a rich source of qualitative data that can give unique insight into issues faced by cancer survivors. Bloggers’ accounts confirmed that PCF is a complex issue that can be a significant source of frustration in their everyday lives. This study highlighted that bloggers with PCF appear to have some coping strategies and understanding of PCF, yet these are not always consistent with current medical and psychological knowledge. Implications for Practice: This study has demonstrated that blogs can offer valuable information to existing knowledge of cancer survivors’ experiences and...
Source: Cancer Nursing - February 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Agenda for Sleep Research in Older Adults With Cancer: A Conference Report
Conclusions: Focused and interdisciplinary research that advances conceptual and operational understanding of biological and behavioral determinants of sleep health in the aging cancer population can lead to more effective, safe, and targeted interventions for those with cancer-related sleep-circadian disturbances. Implications for Practice: Research that addresses current conceptual, methodological, and physiological issues can lead to more effective, safe, and targeted care for older adults with cancer-related sleep-circadian disturbances. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - February 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Perceived Stress, Parent-Adolescent/Young Adult Communication, and Family Resilience Among Adolescents/Young Adults Who Have a Parent With Cancer in Taiwan: A Longitudinal Study
Conclusions: Family resilience was positively associated with parent-adolescent/young adult communication and negatively related to perceived stress. Family resilience tended to decline with longer parental survival since cancer diagnosis. Implications for Practice: We suggest nursing interventions to reduce adolescent/young adult stress and develop optimal parent-adolescent/young adult communication to enhance family resilience. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - February 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

The Effect of Cancer Patients’ and Their Family Caregivers’ Physical and Emotional Symptoms on Caregiver Burden
Background: Although there is significant evidence that the family caregivers (FCs) of cancer patients can experience significant caregiver burden and symptoms, less is known about the relationships between FCs and patient characteristics that influence caregiver burden. Objective: The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of cancer patients’ and FCs’ symptoms and demographic characteristics on caregiver burden at initiation of the patients’ radiation treatment. Methods: Two hundred eighty-one dyads of FCs and cancer patients who received a diagnosis of breast, prostate, melanoma, lympho...
Source: Cancer Nursing - February 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Cancer Nurses Can Bridge the Gap Between the Specialist Cancer Care and Primary Care Settings to Facilitate Shared-Care Models
No abstract available (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - February 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: DEPARTMENTS: Editorial Source Type: research

Adherence to Oral Administration of Endocrine Treatment in Patients With Breast Cancer: A Qualitative Study
Conclusions: This study shows that adherence assumes different connotations that are mainly influenced by the type of relationship established with health professionals the attention paid to the person, the information received, and the influence that the drug has on the disease. Implications for Practice: It appears that fear has a strong influence on the behaviors involved in taking the therapy. The only way to overcome irrational fear is to improve the patient’s knowledge. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - January 1, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles: Online Only Source Type: research

A Comparison Study: The Risk Factors in the Lifestyles of Thyroid Cancer Patients and Healthy Adults of South Korea
Conclusion: Based on the results of this study comparing thyroid cancer patients and healthy adults, it is recommended to encourage an increase in physical activity, minimize both direct and indirect exposure to smoking, develop healthy eating habits of consuming more vegetables, and effectively manage stress levels. Implications for Practice: Lifestyle preferences and habits may influence the development of thyroid cancer. It is imperative to identify and modify the risk factors in order to prevent thyroid cancer development. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - January 1, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles: Online Only Source Type: research

Trajectories of Symptom Clusters, Performance Status, and Quality of Life During Concurrent Chemoradiotherapy in Patients With High-Grade Brain Cancers
Conclusions: Differences were observed in symptom clusters in patients with high-grade brain cancers during CCRT. In addition, the symptom clusters were correlated with the performance status and QOL of patients, and these effects could change during CCRT. Implications for Practice: The results of this study will provide suggestions for interventions to treat or prevent symptom clusters in patients with high-grade brain cancer during CCRT. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - January 1, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles: Online Only Source Type: research

Adapting an Evidence-Based Intervention to Address Targeted Therapy–Related Fatigue in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Patients
Conclusions: Findings offered essential guidance for the adaptation and reinforced the utility of the adapted intervention. Implications for Practice: Adapting existing EBIs for new audiences contributes to advancing findings of evidence-based research, ultimately providing nurses and other healthcare providers with important referral options to interventions that may provide useful strategies to improve quality of life and reduce targeted therapy–related fatigue. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - January 1, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles: Online Only Source Type: research

Anxiety and the Quality of Life of Children Living With Parental Cancer
This study used a survey with a cross-sectional design, including 35 children between 8 and 18 years old (mean, 13.3 years old) living with parental cancer. Questionnaires of HRQOL (Kinder Lebensqualität) and anxiety (Revised Child Manifest Anxiety Scale) were used. Results: The children reported higher anxiety and lower HRQOL than the controls. The children’s physiological (P = .03), emotional (P = .04), and school (P = .00) functions were significantly impaired, whereas they scored in line with the controls on self-esteem, family, friends, and overall HRQOL. A negative correlation (r = −0.707, P (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - January 1, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles: Online Only Source Type: research

Oral Endocrine Therapy Nonadherence, Adverse Effects, Decisional Support, and Decisional Needs in Women With Breast Cancer
Conclusions: Adverse effects contribute to BCSs decisions to stop OET, yet there has been little investigation of the process through which that occurs. This review serves as a call to action for providers to provide support to BCSs experiencing OET adverse effects and facing decisions related to nonadherence. Implications for Practice: Findings suggest BCSs prescribed OET have unmet decisional needs, and more decisional supports are needed for BCSs experiencing OET adverse effects. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - January 1, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles: Online Only Source Type: research

Depressive Symptoms and Health-Related Quality of Life Among Prostate Cancer Survivors
Conclusions: Resourcefulness helps patients with prostate cancer build a positive attitude and that it is crucial for enhancing the HRQOL of patients. By using the proper resourcefulness strategy, that is, either personal (self-help) or social (help-seeking), nursing professionals can substantially contribute to enhancing the HRQOL for patients with PC. Implications for Practice: Knowledge of risk factors for HRQOL would be useful for nursing professional in detecting health problems and treatment options. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - January 1, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles: Online Only Source Type: research

Surprised by Benefit in Pediatric Palliative Care Research
No abstract available (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - January 1, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: DEPARTMENTS: Insights Source Type: research

Caregiver Sleep and Patient Neutrophil Engraftment in Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant: A Secondary Analysis
Background: Caregiving for allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (Allo-HSCT) patients can be significantly burdensome. Caregiver well-being often mirrors patients' suffering. However, to our knowledge, this dyadic relationship has not been linked to patient outcome. Objective: Caregiver's objective and subjective sleep and overall distress before transplantation were hypothesized to be related to patient's time to engraftment in secondary analyses. Methods: Dyads (N = 124) were Allo-HSCT patients (mean [SD] age, 49.2 [12.7] years) and their caregivers (mean [SD] age, 52.7 [12.3] years). Caregiver's subjecti...
Source: Cancer Nursing - January 1, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Fear of Recurrence as a Predictor of Care Needs for Long-Term Breast Cancer Survivors
Conclusions: Even 5 years after the diagnosis and completion of therapy, women continue to report unmet needs. Evaluating women’s fear of recurrence to identify high-risk women with unmet needs is critical to providing quality care. Implication for Practice: Developing appropriate survivorship care programs combined with managing concerns regarding recurrence by a nursing case manager is needed. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - January 1, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Longitudinal Trends in Anxiety, Depression, and Quality of Life During Different Intermittent Periods of Adjuvant Breast Cancer Chemotherapy
Background: Chemotherapy (CT) is an important adjuvant treatment that has been widely used for breast cancer (BC) patients. However, no research has focused on trends in emotions and quality of life (QOL) during intermittent periods between CT sessions that are critical for recovery. Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate longitudinal trends in anxiety, depression, and QOL during the different intermittent periods between adjuvant CT for BC. Methods: A longitudinal study design was adopted. Eighty-eight women undergoing CT for BC were selected using a purposive sampling method, and they completed the S...
Source: Cancer Nursing - January 1, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Perceived Stress as a Mediator Between Social Support and Posttraumatic Growth Among Chinese American Breast Cancer Survivors
This study examined the association between social support and PTG among Chinese American breast cancer survivors and proposed perceived stress as a mediator. Methods: Chinese American breast cancer survivors (n = 118) were recruited from Southern California. Participants’ social support, perceived stress, and PTG were measured in a questionnaire package. Results: Social support was associated with lower perceived stress (r= −0.34, P (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - January 1, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Can Human Papillomavirus DNA Self-sampling be an Acceptable and Reliable Option for Cervical Cancer Screening in Female Sex Workers?
Conclusions: The findings showed that self-sampling could be incorporated into current cervical cancer screening approaches. Implications for Practice: Self-sampling could potentially increase compliance to cervical cancer screening and thus reduce the morbidity and mortality from cervical cancer. Further research and education on self-sampling will be required for women of diverse backgrounds. (Source: Cancer Nursing)
Source: Cancer Nursing - January 1, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

The Symptom Experience of Patients With Advanced Pancreatic Cancer: An Integrative Review
Conclusion: Findings suggest that physical and psychological symptoms are prevalent, some with high intensity. Preselection of symptom inventories limits our ability to fully understand the symptom experience of patients with APC. Future qualitative work is needed to provide a more in-depth understanding of symptoms, especially symptom quality and distress level, from patients’ perspectives. More studies are needed to explore psychological symptoms and the interaction of physical and psychological symptoms. Implications for Practice: Findings help healthcare givers to better understand the symptom experience of ...
Source: Cancer Nursing - January 1, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Symptom Characteristics Among Hospitalized Children and Adolescents With Cancer
This study described the symptom experience of hospitalized children and adolescents with cancer. The study explored the frequencies of individual symptoms and the severity, duration, and associated distress of symptoms during the course of the hospitalization. Methods: Participants completed the Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale 7–12 during each 12-hour shift of the 3-day/3-night data collection period. Results: Participants were 50 children and adolescents (mean age, 12.6 years; range, 7.1–18.6 years) receiving inpatient chemotherapy. Participants reported a mean of 2.75 symptoms at each assessment poin...
Source: Cancer Nursing - January 1, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Lifestyle Behaviors, Perceived Stress, and Inflammation of Individuals With Chronic Graft-Versus-Host Disease
Background: Stress is a potent immunomodulator contributing to chronic conditions. Chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) is a life-threatening late effect of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation associated with stress and exaggerated immune response that may be associated to lifestyle behaviors. Objective: The aim of this study is to explore associations among lifestyle behaviors, perceived stress, and inflammation of individuals with cGVHD. Methods: A secondary analysis from a prospective observational study of 24 adults (≥18 years) with cGVHD was conducted. Demographic, clinical, and symptom data ...
Source: Cancer Nursing - January 1, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research