In Their Own Words: Experiences of Caregivers of Adults With Cancer as Expressed on Social Media.
Abstract PURPOSE: To explore caregivers' writings about their experiences caring for adult individuals with cancer on a social media health communication website. PARTICIPANTS & SETTING: Journal entries (N = 392) were analyzed for 37 adult caregivers who were posting on behalf of 20 individuals with cancer. CaringBridge is a website used by patients and informal caregivers to communicate about acute and chronic disease. METHODOLOGIC APPROACH: A retrospective descriptive study using qualitative content analysis of caregivers' journal entries from 2009 to 2015. FINDINGS: Major categories ident...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - August 20, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Bloom RD, Beck S, Chou WS, Reblin M, Ellington L Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

What You Cannot See Can Still Kill You: On the Use of Latent Constructs.
Abstract Nursing research relies heavily on the use of latent constructs to describe and understand phenomena that cannot be measured through direct observation. In statistical models, variables representing these constructs, often operationalized and represented as scores on self-report measures, stand in as symbolic representations of real forces having an impact on patients' experiences of living and dying. In this sense, latent constructs represent real phenomena that cannot always be seen directly. PMID: 31424448 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Oncology Nursing Forum)
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - August 20, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Walker R, Paskausky AL, Chambers S Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Built and Natural Environment Barriers and Facilitators to Physical Activity in Rural, Suburban, and Small Urban Neighborhoods.
Abstract PURPOSE: To explore built and natural environment barriers and facilitators to walking for exercise in cancer survivors. PARTICIPANTS & SETTING: Cancer survivors (N = 7) living in rural, suburban, and small urban neighborhoods in central Virginia. METHODOLOGIC APPROACH: The authors used a qualitative descriptive design with photovoice to explore the cancer survivors' experience with residential walkability. FINDINGS: The following three themes were identified from the data. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING: Clinicians should consider an evaluation of the built and natural environment t...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - August 20, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: DeGuzman PB, Chu C, Keim-Malpass J Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Social Media and Scholarly Publication: What Is the Connection?
Abstract A recent post on The Scholarly Kitchen website got me thinking about the role of social media in my professional life. I have young adult children who keep me in the loop about social trends to some extent. They instructed me to join Facebook many years ago and, since then, I have remembered friends' and relatives' birthdays with much greater success. I joined Twitter and, for a time, had a personal as well as professional account. It was difficult to keep those separate, and I eventually stopped tweeting on the personal account. I only use my professional one now and with greater circumspect (no politics...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - August 20, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Katz A Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

"Just Living With Them": Symptom Management Experiences of Rural Residents With Advanced Cancer.
"Just Living With Them": Symptom Management Experiences of Rural Residents With Advanced Cancer. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2019 Sep 01;46(5):531-542 Authors: Gilbertson-White S, Yeung C, Wickersham KE Abstract PURPOSE: To understand how rural residents with advanced cancer experience and manage their symptoms. PARTICIPANTS & SETTING: 16 adult patients with a diagnosis of advanced cancer, who were receiving antineoplastic treatment and living in rural areas of southeastern Iowa, participated in the study. METHODOLOGIC APPROACH: Data were collected through semistructured, audio-recor...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - August 20, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Gilbertson-White S, Yeung C, Wickersham KE Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Strategies and Barriers in Addressing Mental Health and Suicidality in Patients With Cancer.
Abstract PURPOSE: To identify how oncology nurses address mental health distress and suicidality in patients, what strategies they employ in treating this distress, and the barriers they face in addressing distress and suicidality in patients with cancer. PARTICIPANTS & SETTING: 20 oncology nurses at two cancer centers in Israel were interviewed. METHODOLOGIC APPROACH: The grounded theory method of data collection and analysis was employed. FINDINGS: Strategies used in addressing patients' mental health distress were being emotionally available, providing practical support, treating physical...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - August 20, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Granek L, Nakash O, Ariad S, Shapira S, Ben-David M Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Survivorship Care Plans: Health Actions Taken and Satisfaction After Use.
Abstract OBJECTIVES: To examine the use of and assess patient satisfaction with survivorship care plans (SCPs). SAMPLE & SETTING: 189 cancer survivors recruited from five cancer treatment center locations (Avera Cancer Institute in Aberdeen, Mitchell, Sioux Falls, and Yankton; Sanford Cancer Center in Sioux Falls) and one auxiliary specialty center (Urology Specialists in Sioux Falls), all in South Dakota. METHODS & VARIABLES: A written survey was completed by participants before and three months after receiving an SCP. Associations between demographics and cancer-related characteristics ...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - August 20, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Hawkins-Taylor C, Carson P, Anderson DG, Carlson A, Kerkvliet J, Cowan J, Gaster S, McClure C, Pugsley L Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Comparison of Fatigue and Quality of Life in Individuals With Pancreatogenic Diabetes After Total or Partial Pancreatectomy.
Abstract OBJECTIVES: To compare fatigue and quality of life (QOL) between individuals with pancreatogenic diabetes after total pancreatectomy (TP) and pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD). SAMPLE & SETTING: 50 individuals (14 after TP and 36 after PD) were recruited from a pancreatic surgical outpatient department. A final sample of 39 matched individuals (13 after TP and 26 after PD) were included in the final analysis. METHODS & VARIABLES: A comparative cross-sectional approach was used. Variables were fatigue and QOL. The Fatigue Symptom Inventory and European Organisation for the Research and...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - August 20, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Kuo HJ, Tien YW, Chang NT, Chou YJ, Shun SC Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Anthracycline Chemotherapy-Induced Cardiotoxicity in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Systematic Review.
Abstract PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION: This review identifies specific cardiotoxicity related to anthracycline chemotherapy, specific risk factors related to increased anthracycline chemotherapy-induced cardiotoxicity, and underlying mechanisms of action of anthracycline chemotherapy-induced cardiotoxicity. LITERATURE SEARCH: PubMed®, CINAHL®, Embase®, and Web of Science were searched in May 2018 using keywords related to heart diseases, anthracycline chemotherapy, and breast cancer. DATA EVALUATION: Data were extracted, and study quality was assessed according to PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items ...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - August 20, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Lin KJ, Lengacher CA Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Testing the Impact of a Cancer Survivorship Patient Engagement Toolkit on Selected Health Outcomes.
Abstract OBJECTIVES: To evaluate an interactive electronic Cancer Survivorship Patient Engagement Toolkit (CaS-PET) using a single-group pre-/post-test design. SAMPLE & SETTING: 30 cancer survivors with a mean age of 56.5 years (SD = 13.6) were recruited from the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. METHODS & VARIABLES: CaS-PET was designed to deliver survivorship care plans (SCPs) with multifactorial support and comprised of SCPs, biweekly follow-up using patient portal e-messages, and online resources. Outcomes included health-related quality of life, symptom burden, impa...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - August 20, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Nahm ES, Miller K, McQuaige M, Corbitt N, Jaidar N, Rosenblatt P, Zhu S, Son H, Hertsenberg L, Wickersham KE, La IS, Yoon J, Powell K Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Evaluating an Online Training Course to Develop and Sustain Cancer Navigation and Survivorship Programs.
Abstract OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the impact of the Executive Training on Navigation and Survivorship (Executive Training) online training course, designed by the George Washington University Cancer Center, on nurses and other healthcare professionals. SAMPLE & SETTING: A volunteer sample of 499 healthcare professionals, including nurses and patient navigators, were recruited through multiple Internet-based channels. METHODS & VARIABLES: Participants completed questionnaires before and after each module and at the end of the training. Descriptive statistics were calculated, and paired t te...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - August 20, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Phillips S, Villalobos AVK, Pratt-Chapman M Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Preserving Oneself in the Face of Uncertainty: A Grounded Theory Study of Women With Ovarian Cancer.
Abstract PURPOSE: To describe the cancer care process as it is perceived by women with ovarian cancer. PARTICIPANTS & SETTING: 18 English-speaking adult women with ovarian cancer were recruited from an advocacy organization for patients with ovarian cancer and the gynecologic oncology clinic at a community-based teaching hospital in Burlington, Massachusetts. METHODOLOGIC APPROACH: A grounded theory approach was used. Data were collected via individual interviews with participants. FINDINGS: An overarching theme of preserving oneself in the face of uncertainty was described by the participan...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - August 20, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Pozzar RA, Berry DL Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Individualized Piano Instruction for Improving Cognition in Breast Cancer Survivors.
Abstract PURPOSE: To evaluate the use of individualized piano instruction (IPI) for improving cognition among breast cancer survivors. PARTICIPANTS & SETTING: Six participants were included in an eight-week piano program with three data collection time points at baseline, midpoint, and postintervention. Participants were recruited from the breast cancer clinic of a university cancer center in South Florida. METHODOLOGIC APPROACH: Neurocognitive, psychosocial, and self-report assessments were conducted to determine potential benefits and program feasibility, including the NIH Toolbox® Cognitio...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - August 20, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Rodriguez-Wolfe M, Anglade D, Gattamorta KA, Hurwitz WB, Pirl WF Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Temporary Stoppages and Burden of Treatment in Patients With Cancer.
Abstract OBJECTIVES: To examine the effect of burden of treatment and multimorbidity on the relationship between baseline characteristics and oral oncolytic agent (OOA) temporary stoppages. SAMPLE & SETTING: 272 patients newly prescribed OOAs at six National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers. METHODS & VARIABLES: Patients were randomly assigned to an adherence and symptom management group or a usual care/control group. Temporary OOA stoppages, symptom interference, OOA regimen complexity, and multimorbidities were explored. Data were collected at four-week intervals...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - August 20, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Vachon E, Given B, Given C, Dunn S Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Use of the Distress Thermometer in Cancer Survivors: Convergent Validity and Diagnostic Accuracy in a Spanish Sample.
Garrido MJ Abstract OBJECTIVES: To explore the performance of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Distress Thermometer (DT) as a distress screening tool in cancer survivors. SAMPLE & SETTING: 236 Spanish adult-onset cancer survivors who visited the Fundación Instituto Valenciano de Oncología in Valencia, Spain, for follow-up appointments. METHODS & VARIABLES: Survivors completed the DT and the Brief Symptom Inventory 18 (BSI-18), which has established a cutoff score for identifying clinically significant distress. RESULTS: Receiver operating characteristic curve ...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - June 23, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Andreu Vaillo Y, Martínez Lopez P, Galdón Garrido MJ Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Patient Perceptions of Survivorship Care Plans: A Mixed-Methods Evaluation.
Abstract PURPOSE: To understand the perceptions of patients with cancer regarding the role and purpose of a survivorship care plan (SCP) to inform content and delivery opportunities. PARTICIPANTS & SETTING: A mixed-methods evaluation was conducted among patients at a survivorship clinic for high-risk survivors of sarcomas in an academic medical center. METHODOLOGIC APPROACH: An electronic survey was administered, followed by qualitative telephone interviews. FINDINGS: 51 surveys were delivered, and 23 surveys were completed. Eight telephone interviews were completed. Content analysis reveale...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - June 23, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Antalis EP, Doucette R, Kuhn G, Baker LH, Reinke D Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

The Editing Process-From the Personal to the Professional.
Abstract Along with my colleagues, I presented a number of sessions at the 2019 Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress on publishing and how it contributes to career advancement and professional fulfillment. Ellen Carr, RN, MSN, AOCN®, editor of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, Leslie McGee, MA, senior editorial manager at ONS, and I talked about various aspects of the publishing process and answered questions from enthusiastic audience members, many of whom had not published before. As we described the process of writing a manuscript, following the instructions for authors, and eventually finding a ...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - June 23, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Katz A Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Understanding Symptom Burden in Patients With Advanced Cancer Living in Rural Areas.
Abstract OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the feasibility of using a biobehavioral approach to examine symptom burden in rural residents with advanced cancer. SAMPLE & SETTING: 21 patients with advanced lung, colorectal, or pancreatic cancer were enrolled at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. METHODS & VARIABLES: Using Cleeland's cytokine-immunologic model of symptom expression, symptom burden (i.e., severity, count, and interference) and inflammatory cytokines were measured for 24 weeks. Potential predictors included demographics, clinical characteristics, optimism, social support, and cancer-r...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - June 23, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Gilbertson-White S, Perkhounkova Y, Saeidzadeh S, Hein M, Dahl R, Simons-Burnett A Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Hyperglycemia and Cancer: A State-of-the-Science Review.
This article discusses normal glucose regulation and hyperglycemic pathways, hyperglycemia in patients with cancer, hyperglycemia and cancer-related inflammation, and outcomes (e.g., infections, mortality, symptoms). IMPLICATIONS FOR RESEARCH: Understanding the contributors to and consequences of hyperglycemia can guide the development of screening tools to predict which individuals are at the greatest risk for hyperglycemic episodes prior to starting cancer therapies. Research can lead to glycemic guidelines specific to patients with cancer for better outcomes. PMID: 31225836 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Oncology Nursing Forum)
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - June 23, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Hammer M, Storey S, Hershey DS, Brady VJ, Davis E, Mandolfo N, Bryant AL, Olausson J Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Impact of Childhood Leukemia Treatment on Attention Measured by the Continuous Performance Test Factor Structure.
Abstract OBJECTIVES: To describe the impact of central nervous system-directed treatment on attention and its relation to academic outcomes in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) survivors. SAMPLE & SETTING: 51 children diagnosed with ALL at two pediatric oncology treatment centers in the southwestern United States. METHODS & VARIABLES: A prospective, longitudinal design measured attention after a child was in remission, two years after the start of treatment, and at the end of treatment. Attention measures from the Conners' Continuous Performance Test were grouped into composite...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - June 23, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Koerner KM, Insel KC, Hockenberry MJ, Harris LL, Taylor OA, Moore IM Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Experiences of Adolescents and Young Adults Living With Advanced Cancer: An Integrative Review.
Abstract PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION: Knowledge about the experiences of adolescents and young adults (AYAs) living with advanced cancer may be limited. This review was conducted to examine the literature concerning this subject. LITERATURE SEARCH: A comprehensive search was conducted using CINAHL®, the Cochrane Library of Systematic Reviews, Embase®, the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI), and PubMed®. DATA EVALUATION: Each study was systematically assessed. An evidence table detailing key components was compiled. SYNTHESIS: There is a growing body of knowledge about the experiences of individual...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - June 23, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Lundquist DM, Berry DL Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Building Family Caregiver Skills Using a Simulation-Based Intervention: A Randomized Pilot Trial.
Abstract OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, safety, and fidelity of a psychoeducational intervention to improve family caregiver technical and communication skills using structured simulations. SAMPLE & SETTING: 18 family caregivers of adult patients receiving radiation therapy for head and neck cancer at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland, Ohio. METHODS & VARIABLES: A two-group, randomized pilot trial design was used. The intervention consisted of four one-on-one sessions between the caregiver and nurse interventionist during the patient's first,...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - June 23, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Mazanec SR, Sandstrom K, Coletta D, Dorth J, Zender C, Alfes CM, Daly BJ Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Management of Androgen Deprivation Therapy-Associated Hot Flashes in Men With Prostate Cancer.
Abstract PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION: To determine best practices for managing hot flashes associated with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) in men with prostate cancer. LITERATURE SEARCH: The CINAHL®, Embase®, PsycINFO®, PubMed®, and Scopus® databases were used to identify randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and quasiexperimental studies published between January 1994 and June 2018. DATA EVALUATION: Using the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions, the authors reviewed 15 studies examining the effects of pharmacologic or complementary and alternative medicine intervent...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - June 23, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Qan'ir Y, DeDeaux D, Godley PA, Mayer DK, Song L Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Impact of Diabetes on the Symptoms of Breast Cancer Survivors.
Abstract OBJECTIVES: To examine the impact of diabetes on the symptoms of women with breast cancer. SAMPLE & SETTING: 121 women with breast cancer who self-identified as having a diabetes diagnosis and 1,006 women with breast cancer without diabetes from 97 sites across the United States. METHODS & VARIABLES: Symptom scores for depression, anxiety, sexual function, peripheral neuropathy, physical function, attention function, sleep disturbance, and fatigue were compared between women with breast cancer and diabetes and women with breast cancer without diabetes, controlling for age, educat...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - June 23, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Storey S, Cohee A, Gathirua-Mwangi WG, Vachon E, Monahan P, Otte J, Stump TE, Cella D, Champion V Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Video-Based Patient Rounds for Caregivers of Patients With Cancer.
This study highlights the importance caregivers place on involvement and how video-based patient rounds allow caregivers to participate without being physically present at the hospital. The structure of video-based patient rounds and the topic of conversation should be considered. PMID: 31225842 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Oncology Nursing Forum)
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - June 23, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Vestergaard LV, Østervang C, Danbjørg DB, Dieperink KB Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Exploring Stigma Among Lung Cancer Survivors: A Scoping Literature Review.
Abstract PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION: Lung cancer survivors face many challenges that affect their quality of life and survival. A growing concern is the layered effect of stigma related to cigarette smoking and the perceived life-threatening diagnosis of lung cancer. This experience may affect lung cancer survivors' physical, psychological, and social well-being, negatively influencing their quality of life. LITERATURE SEARCH: CINAHL®, PubMed®, PsycINFO®, and Web of Science were searched from January 2000 through August 2017, using combinations of four keywords. DATA EVALUATION: Extracted data in...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - June 23, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Webb LA, McDonnell KK, Adams SA, Davis RE, Felder TM Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Effects of Home-Based Exercise Training for Patients With Lung Cancer.
Abstract PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION: To investigate the effectiveness of home-based exercise training on exercise capacity, dyspnea, anxiety, depression, and health-related quality of life (HRQOL). LITERATURE SEARCH: A systematic literature search of the Cochrane Central Register of Randomized Controlled Trials, Embase®, PubMed®, and Web of Science databases was performed for articles published through July 22, 2018. DATA EVALUATION: The meta-analysis was conducted with Review Manager, version 5.3, following PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) guidelines. ...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - June 23, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Wang YQ, Liu X, Yin YY, Ma RC, Yang Z, Cao HP, Xie J Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Implementing Advance Care Planning: Barriers and Facilitators.
Abstract An article by Izumi et al. (2019) in the current issue describes the effect of a brief educational intervention for nurses to increase confidence in their knowledge of advance care planning (ACP). The description of this project offers a useful exemplar for those wishing to implement ACP interventions. This commentary raises questions about the role of nurses in ACP and the design of effective, sustainable ACP programs within complex health systems. PMID: 31007254 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Oncology Nursing Forum)
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - April 24, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Coats H, Asakura Y, Matthews EE Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Identifying the Contribution of Nurse Practitioners in the Care of Older Adults With Cancer.
Abstract OBJECTIVES: To identify the best available dataset that measured the number of nurse practitioners (NPs) and the type of care they provided; patient information, including malignancy type, age, and insurance status; and volume of procedures performed by NPs. SAMPLE & SETTING: All available national datasets that included patients with cancer and provider types. METHODS & VARIABLES: Using prespecified consensus-driven criteria, all available administrative datasets were reviewed. The authors evaluated four that met the inclusion criteria. RESULTS: The authors' analysis identi...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - April 24, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Coombs LA, Stephens C Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

The Copyright Issue.
Abstract Do you remember the first (or 40th) time you received notification that a manuscript you submitted to a journal was accepted? Did you dance around your office, yell so loudly that the person in the office next door came to check on you, and/or immediately post the news to Facebook and Twitter to ensure that your success would be broadcast to all your friends and relatives? And did you then download the required forms and merrily sign them before scanning or faxing them back to the journal? Like many of you, I have done all of the above. PMID: 31007256 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Oncology Nursing Forum)
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - April 24, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Katz A Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Chronic Stress and Ovarian Function in Female Childhood Cancer Survivors.
Abstract OBJECTIVES: To explore the relationships among perceived stress, biomarkers of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) activity, gonadotropin levels, and anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) in female childhood cancer survivors (CCSs). SAMPLE & SETTING: 24 female CCSs from the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, Scotland, were included in the study. METHODS & VARIABLES: Perceived stress was measured using the Perceived Stress Scale. HPA activity was measured using salivary cortisol and hair cortisol. Ovarian function was measured using serum gonadotropin levels and serum AMH...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - April 24, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Hardy TM, Garnier-Villarreal M, Ohlendorf JM, McCarthy DO Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Enhancing Advance Care Planning Conversations by Nurses in a Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit.
Abstract OBJECTIVES: To describe the impact of advance care planning (ACP) education on nurses' confidence in ACP knowledge and practice and to identify barriers to facilitate ACP conversation in a bone marrow transplantation unit. SAMPLE & SETTING: 60 nurses working in the bone marrow transplant unit at Oregon Health and Science University, an academic medical center. METHODS & VARIABLES: The aim of this quality improvement project was to increase ACP conversations by nurses. The authors used a single-group pre-/post-test design to assess the effectiveness of a 30-minute educational inte...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - April 24, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Izumi S, Burt M, Smith J, McCord K, Fromme EK Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Stigma and Quality of Life in Patients With Advanced Lung Cancer.
Abstract OBJECTIVES: To identify groups of participants with high and low levels of stigma and to examine the influence of stigma on social support, social constraints, symptom severity, symptom interference, and quality of life (QOL). SAMPLE & SETTING: 62 individuals with lung cancer were identified and recruited from a comprehensive cancer center in the southeastern United States. METHODS & VARIABLES: Participants completed a questionnaire that included demographic information and measures of stigma, symptom severity and interference, social support, social constraints, and QOL. IBM SPS...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - April 24, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Johnson LA, Schreier AM, Swanson M, Moye JP, Ridner S Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Symptom Clusters in Patients With Brain Tumors Undergoing Proton Beam Therapy.
hlberg K Abstract OBJECTIVES: To explore symptom clusters during proton beam therapy in patients with primary brain tumors and investigate associations among symptom clusters, demographic variables, and comorbidity in this patient population. SAMPLE & SETTING: Data were collected from 187 adult patients with primary brain tumors during their treatment periods in the Skandion Clinic in Uppsala, Sweden. Symptoms were assessed with the Radiotherapy-Related Symptoms Assessment Scale, and comorbidity was evaluated with the Self-Administered Comorbidity Questionnaire. METHODS & VARIABLES: The s...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - April 24, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Langegård U, Johansson B, Bjork-Eriksson T, Fransson P, Ohlsson-Nevo E, Sjövall K, Ahlberg K Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Factors Influencing Nurses' Use of Hazardous Drug Safe Handling Precautions.
Abstract PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION: Nurses taking measures regarding the safe handling of hazardous drugs (HDs) can reduce their risk of exposure and environmental contamination. However, the findings of studies examining factors influencing the use of HD safe handling precautions by nurses have been inconsistent. LITERATURE SEARCH: An integrative review of the Embase® and Scopus® electronic databases was performed. DATA EVALUATION: The search strategy yielded 907 articles. Ten quantitative studies and two qualitative studies met the inclusion criteria. The Health Evidence Bulletin Wales checklist w...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - April 24, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Lin Y, Chang Y, Lin YC, Lou MF Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Effects of Breathing Exercises on Patients With Lung Cancer.
Abstract PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION: To evaluate the effects of breathing exercises on dyspnea, six-minute walk distance (6MWD), anxiety, and depression in patients with lung cancer. LITERATURE SEARCH: A systematic literature search of the Cochrane Library, Web of Science, Embase®, PubMed®, Weipu, Wanfang, and Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure databases was performed for publications dated prior to April 6, 2018. DATA EVALUATION: The meta-analysis was performed using Review Manager and Stata. SYNTHESIS: 15 randomized controlled trials with a total of 870 participants met the inclusion cr...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - April 24, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Liu X, Wang YQ, Xie J Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Wearing the Mask of Wellness: The Experience of Young Women Living With Advanced Breast Cancer.
This study provides insight into the experiences of young women living with advanced breast cancer. Because these women may not appear ill to the general population, their needs and struggles are not well understood. The results of this study can be a baseline for additional research and clinical interventions. PMID: 31007263 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Oncology Nursing Forum)
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - April 24, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Lundquist DM, Berry DL, Boltz M, DeSanto-Madeya SA, Grace PJ Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Reducing Compassion Fatigue in Inpatient Pediatric Oncology Nurses.
Abstract OBJECTIVES: To develop an evidence-based compassion fatigue program and evaluate its impact on nurse-reported burnout, secondary traumatic stress, and compassion satisfaction, as well as correlated factors of resilience and coping behaviors. SAMPLE & SETTING: The quality improvement pilot program was conducted with 59 nurses on a 20-bed subspecialty pediatric oncology unit at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. METHODS & VARIABLES: Validated measures of compassion fatigue and satisfaction (Professional Quality of Life Scale V [ProQOLV]), coping (Brief...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - April 24, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Sullivan CE, King AR, Holdiness J, Durrell J, Roberts KK, Spencer C, Roberts J, Ogg SW, Moreland MW, Browne EK, Cartwright C, Crabtree VM, Baker JN, Brown M, Sykes A, Mandrell BN Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders in Patients Diagnosed With Cancer: An Integrative Review of Healthcare Utilization.
Abstract PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION: The impact of mental health disorders (MHDs) and substance use disorders (SUDs) on healthcare utilization (HCU) in patients with cancer is an understudied phenomenon. LITERATURE SEARCH: A literature search of studies published prior to January 2018 that examined HCU in patients with preexisting MHDs or SUDs diagnosed with cancer was conducted. DATA EVALUATION: The research team evaluated 22 studies for scientific rigor and examined significant trends in HCU, as well as types of the MHD, SUD, and cancer studied. SYNTHESIS: The heterogeneity of HCU outcome measures, MH...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - April 24, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Woersching J, Van Cleave JH, Haber J, Chyun D Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Patient Experience Factors and Health-Related Quality of Life in Hospitalized Individuals.
Abstract PURPOSE: To identify a relationship between patient satisfaction with the hospital experience and health-related quality of life (HRQOL), as well as determine predictors of each variable. PARTICIPANTS & SETTING: 50 patients with cancer in two adult oncology units in an academic health sciences center. METHODOLOGIC APPROACH: A descriptive, cross-sectional design was used. Patient satisfaction was measured by the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) and HRQOL was assessed using the Quality of Life Patient/Cancer Survivor (QOL-CS) version. FINDINGS:...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - February 16, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Alaloul F, Myers J, Masterson KM, DiCicco J, Perry Collins M, Hogan F, Roesler L, Logsdon MC Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Pilot Study of Vaginal Microbiome Using QIIME 2 ™ in Women With Gynecologic Cancer Before and After Radiation Therapy.
This study presents the fundamentals of human microbiome data collection and analysis methods to inform nursing science. Assessing the vaginal microbiome provides a potential pathway to develop interventions to ameliorate dysbiosis of the vaginal microbiome. PMID: 30767956 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Oncology Nursing Forum)
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - February 16, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Bai J, Jhaney I, Daniel G, Watkins Bruner D Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Beyond the Impact Factor.
This article provides a brief overview of various publication metrics, including the Scopus CiteScore, Eigenfactor®, and Altmetric attention score, using examples from the Oncology Nursing Forum. It also addresses the use of the Oncology Nursing Forum as a resource for research and answering clinical questions. PMID: 30767957 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Oncology Nursing Forum)
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - February 16, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Vrabel M Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Improving the Pain Experience for Hospitalized Patients With Cancer.
Abstract PURPOSE: To determine the effect of an evidence-based Pain Stoppers bundled intervention on pain management satisfaction scores and actual pain intensity scores of hospitalized patients with cancer, as well as nurses' knowledge and attitudes on pain. PARTICIPANTS & SETTING: Participants and nurses took part in a preintervention group (n = 173 and 11, respectively) and a postintervention group (n = 157 and 9, respectively) at a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. METHODOLOGIC APPROACH: A pre- and postintervention design was used. Evidence-based strategies inc...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - February 16, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Cowperthwaite SM, Kozachik SL Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Trajectories of Depression and Anxiety in Latina Breast Cancer Survivors.
Abstract OBJECTIVES: To identify subgroups of Latina breast cancer survivors with unique trajectories of depression and anxiety and examine predictors associated with these subgroups. SAMPLE & SETTING: Secondary analysis of Latina breast cancer survivors (N = 293) from three psychosocial intervention studies. METHODS & VARIABLES: Depression and anxiety were assessed at intake and at weeks 8 and 16. Group-based growth mixture modeling was used to identify subgroups who followed distinct trajectories of depression and anxiety. Multinomial logistic regression models were used to identify pre...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - February 16, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Crane TE, Badger TA, Sikorskii A, Segrin C, Hsu CH, Rosenfeld AG Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Storytelling: How We Learn.
Abstract The best conference presentations tell a story with an interesting introduction, details in the middle, and a conclusion that leads to new research, questions or answers about practice, and perhaps further research on the topic. So, too, do journal articles, and this publication is dependent on the rigors of quality research to tell stories about our patients and their experiences and make suggestions on how we can effect change. PMID: 30767960 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Oncology Nursing Forum)
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - February 16, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Katz A Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Randomized Controlled Trial of an Intervention to Improve Nurses' Hazardous Drug Handling.
Abstract OBJECTIVES: To evaluate whether a web-based educational intervention improved personal protective equipment (PPE) use among oncology nurses who handle hazardous drugs. SAMPLE & SETTING: From 2015 to 2017, the authors partnered with 12 ambulatory oncology settings in the United States to enroll 396 nurses, 257 of whom completed baseline and primary endpoint surveys. METHODS & VARIABLES: In a cluster randomized controlled trial, 136 nurses in control settings received a one-hour educational module on PPE use with quarterly reminders, and 121 nurses in treatment settings received th...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - February 16, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Friese CR, Yang J, Mendelsohn-Victor K, McCullagh M Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Mutual Effects of Depression on Quality of Life in Patients and Family Caregivers.
This study suggests the importance of consistent assessment in emotional well-being for dyads with cancer because their concerns may be transmitted to each other. PMID: 30767962 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Oncology Nursing Forum)
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - February 16, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Huang LT, McMillan SC Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Digital Storytelling as a Psychosocial Tool for Adult Cancer Survivors.
Abstract PURPOSE: To understand the meaning and impact for adult patients with cancer (past or present) of creating a digital story related to their cancer experience. PARTICIPANTS & SETTING: 10 participants made digital stories with the help of a research assistant trained in digital storytelling. This research took place in a large, urban center in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. METHODOLOGIC APPROACH: This research was done in the tradition of philosophical hermeneutics. Ten one-on-one interviews were conducted, and data were analyzed using an interpretive qualitative methodology. FINDINGS: Fin...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - February 16, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Laing CM, Moules NJ, Sinclair S, Estefan A Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Effect of Group Dynamics-Based Exercise Versus Personal Training in Breast Cancer Survivors.
Abstract OBJECTIVES: To determine the feasibility and preliminary effectiveness of a group dynamics-based exercise intervention versus a personal training intervention for increasing physical activity (PA), physical fitness, and quality of life (QOL) in post-treatment breast cancer survivors. SAMPLE & SETTING: 26 women with stage I or II breast cancer who attended intervention activities at a local academic institution. METHODS & VRIABLES: Participants were randomly assigned to receive an eight-week intervention in either a group dynamics-based exercise or a personal training setting. Bot...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - February 16, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Leach HJ, Covington KR, Voss C, LeBreton KA, Harden SM, Schuster SR Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research

Barriers to Lung Cancer Screening With Low-Dose Computed Tomography.
Abstract PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION: Despite lung cancer screening guidelines and insurance coverage changes, rates of lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography remain suboptimal among the eligible population in the United States. LITERATURE SEARCH: Electronic literature databases, including PubMed, CINAHL®, PsycINFO, and Google Scholar, were searched. DATA EVALUATION: After applying filter information and inclusion and exclusion criteria, 10 articles were reviewed. Methodological rigor was evaluated. SYNTHESIS: Based on the social-ecological approach, barriers to lung cancer screening...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - February 16, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Lei F, Lee E Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research