Oncology

January 2016 Vol. 11 No. 1

Author: Carole Bauer, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, OCN, CWOCN

According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 1.6 million new cases of cancer will have been diagnosed in the United States in 2015. During the course of their disease, most cancer patients receive radiation therapy.

Delivering high energy in the form of waves or particles, radiation therapy alters . . .

August 2015 Vol. 10 No. 8

Author: Julie Leonard, BSN, RN

It’s not easy when your parent is the patient. In my 10 years of being a registered nurse, I have learned a lot, seen a lot, and considered myself desensitized to the information and knowledge that comes with being a nurse. I have been a good advocate for my . . .

November 2014 Vol. 9 No. 11

Author: Caroll Tipian, BSN, RN, OCN

Chemotherapy and radiation used to treat head and neck cancers, as well as high-dose chemo­therapy given to stem-cell transplant patients, can damage the mucosa of the oral cavity and GI tract. This article discusses mucositis in the oral cavity, which can cause symptoms ranging from a slight . . .

October 2014 Vol. 9 No. 10

Author: Margaret Marriott, MS, RN, OCN, CCRP; Karen Masino, MS, CNP, ACNP-BC, AOCNP, RN, RD, LDN; and Georgia Casella, RN

Learning objectives
1. State how breast cancer is diagnosed and evaluated.
2. Identify the implications of genetics for patients with breast cancer.
3. Discuss targeted therapy for breast cancer.
4. Describe novel therapies for breast cancer.

Purpose/goal: To provide nurses with information on how to better care for patients . . .

June 2014 Vol. 9 No. 6

Author: Leah L. Curtin, RN, MA, MS, ScD(h), FAAN

Leah Curtin discusses the difficulty of making choices in health care and includes a challenging situation she experienced as a student.

July 2014 Vol. 9 No. 7

Author: Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

On July 3, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Beleodaq (belinostat) for the treatment of patients with peripheral T-cell lymphoma, a rare and fast-growing type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Read more . . .

June 2014 Vol. 9 No. 6

Author: Cindy Lefton, PhD, RN

On June 13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a new use for Lymphoseek (technetium 99m tilmanocept) Injection, a radioactive diagnostic imaging agent used to help determine the extent that squamous cell carcinoma has spread in the body’s head and neck region. Lymphoseek can now be used . . .

May 2014 Vol. 9 No. 5

Author: David Foley, MSN, RN, MPA

On April 29, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Zykadia for patients with a certain type of late-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Read more . . .

March 2014 Vol. 9 No. 3

Author: Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Rachel Start, MSN, RN

On March 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Impavido (miltefosine) to treat a tropical disease called leishmaniasis. Read more . . .

February 2014 Vol. 9 No. 2

Author: Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, and Nancy Hilton, MN, RN, NEA-BC

On Feb. 13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the approved use of Imbruvica (ibrutinib) for chronic lymphocytic leukemia patients who have received at least one previous therapy.
Read more . . .

February 2014 Vol. 9 No. 2

Author: Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, and Nancy Hilton, MN, RN, NEA-BC

Severe skin reactions during radiation therapy could be prevented by applying a thin transparent silicone dressing to the skin from the first day of treatment, according to a study in Radiotherapy and Oncology. Read more and access the study abstract . . .

February 2014 Vol. 9 No. 2

Author: Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, and Nancy Hilton, MN, RN, NEA-BC

A study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings reports that the incidence of cutaneous melanoma among middle-aged adults (40 to 60 years) has increased nearly eightfold between 1970 and 2009, especially among women between 40 and 50, although mortality has decreased. Read more and access the study . . .

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