Oncology Resource Center

Oncology is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the nursing profession. Oncology nurses have a wide range of skills and are uniquely positioned to serve their patients. These articles give a glimpse into the experiences, knowledge, and expertise of oncology nurses while providing the latest news and information.

The journey of oncology navigation

Nurse navigators help avoid care fragmentation and support shared decision making. Takeaways: Patient navigation aims to increase health equity among patients with cancer and can...
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Update on Acute Myeloid Leukemia: The Year in Review

Progress in understanding of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) pathophysiology has been fairly slow over the years, according to numerous studies and reports. More recently,...
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Acute myeloid leukemia in older patients: 6 questions asked and answered

ASH guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations. While an average 75-year-old in the United States can expect to live another dozen years, life expectancy for those with...

Let’s call her Carol

It was my first year as a nurse in a suburban Intensive Care unit. I worked the night shift and had an elderly female...
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FDA issues caution for robot-assisted mastectomy

On Feb. 28, the FDA issued a caution for robot-assisted mastectomy, noting that it has not cleared or approved any robotically assisted surgical device...

Scientists can silence inflammatory gene responsible for a form of breast...

Scientists have found that they are able to “switch off,” or silence, a gene that is responsible for an aggressive form of breast cancer. Researchers...

My cancer journey

I’m a nurse. I’m not supposed to be a patient. I’m not supposed to get cancer. I have too much to do to add...

New treatment for multiple myeloma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved Sanofi-Aventis’ Sarclisa (isatuximab-irfc) for the treatment of  adult patients with multiple myeloma. Isatuximab-irfc was previously...

Study examines rate of cancer overdiagnosis in Australia

A recent study published in the Medical Journal of Australia examined the “proportion of cancer diagnoses in Australia that might reasonably be attributed to...

New vaccine eliminated breast cancer in first human patient

A vaccine being developed in the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida is aimed at preventing new cases of ovarian and breast cancer and even...
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The World Health Organization aims to reduce mortality of cervical cancer

In a recent study, the World Health Organization (WHO) describes a study which aims to eliminate cervical cancer “as a public health problem.” This goal...

New treatment for advanced epithelioid sarcoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved Epizyme, Inc’s tazemetostat (TAZVERIK) for the treatment of adult and pediatric patients with metastatic or...

Take Care of Yourself

How many of you hear the phrase “self-care” and roll your eyes? I know. Because that’s my reaction, too. As if nurses’ endless task...

New findings from the American Cancer Society on reduced cancer mortality rates

Based on new findings from a 2020 American Cancer Society report, mortality rates from cancer have declined by 29% between 1991 to 2017 in...

Oncology nursing core competencies

As more patients survive cancer, nursing education must meet the demand for nurses who can care for them. Takeaways At the same time that death...

Accelerated approval for new sickle cell disease treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently granted accelerated approval to Global Blood Therapeutics’ voxelotor (Oxbryta), a treatment for adults and pediatric patients...

Pragmatic dissemination and implementation hybrid research

Innovative study designs examine implementation and generate new knowledge. Takeaways:  Some organizations struggle to meet Magnet® nurse research requirements.  Many research efforts result in applying...

Accelerated approval for a new mantle cell lymphoma drug

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently granted accelerated approval to BeiGene’s mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) oral therapy, zanubritinib (BRUKINSA). Zanubritinib’s efficacy was examined...

American Heart Association: E-cigarettes are not safe alternative

The American Heart Association (AHA) recently held its 2019 Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia PA. The sessions covered many topics, but one of the most...

New guidelines for exercise during cancer treatment

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recently released new guidelines for exercise prescriptions while patients are undergoing cancer treatment. The updated guidelines include the...

A potential connection between lung cancer and pre- and probiotics

A new study from JAMA Oncology examines a potential connection between dietary intake of fiber and probiotics through yogurt and the risk of lung...

NP with breast cancer: “Listen to your patients”

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today In 2015, Bridgett Spillers, FNP-C, was diagnosed with HER2-positive breast cancer. Bridgett recently shared a bit of...

Hyperbaric oxygen may relieve radiation cystitis symptoms

A recent study published in The Lancet Oncology may reveal a new way to treat patients with radiation cystitis symptoms. The researchers explored the use...

Male breast cancer: Putting a spotlight on a rare condition

Efforts to fight breast cancer have been ongoing for years, and for good reason: It’s the leading second cause of cancer death in women....

Supporting patients with end-of-life conversations

To: Ethics inbox From: Widowed nurse Subject: Medical aid in dying I’m an operating room RN who has worked in a hospital environment for over 25...

Academy designates five nurse leaders as Living Legends

The American Academy of Nursing will officially designate five exceptional leaders as Living Legends at the Academy’s Transforming Health, Driving Policy conference in Washington,...

Creating the future through bold decision-making

ONS leaders employ an innovative approach to strategic planning. DEVELOPING and articulating a clear vision that drives action for an organization are key leadership competencies...

Your brain on optimism

Positive nursing role models know how to train their brain to be more optimistic. SPENDING TIME around positive nurses is contagious and heartwarming. The more...

FDA announces Project Orbis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced Project Orbis, a new initiative from the FDA Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE), which will...

Music and the power to heal

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today The other day I read an article in The New York Times about music therapy. The article...

Total pancreatectomy with islet cell autologous transplantation: A treatment modality for patients with chronic...

ONE IN FIVE patients diagnosed with acute pancreatitis will develop recurrent acute pancreatitis, and one in three of them will develop chronic pancreatitis (CP),...

Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation Year Two Highlights

On May 1, 2017, ANA Enterprise launched a bold initiative—Healthy Nurse, Healthy NationTM (HNHN) Grand Challenge—to transform the health of our nation by first...

Radiology nursing: A growing specialty

Find out if you have what it takes to pursue this fast-paced career path. Takeaways:  Radiology nursing is a little-known specialty that’s not always an...

Colorectal cancers on the rise…in young adults

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today Research coming out of the United States and Canada is showing an increase in colorectal cancers among...

FDA approves first PI3K inhibitor for breast cancer

On May 24, the FDA approved Piqray (alpelisib) tablets, to be used in combination with fulvestrant, to treat postmenopausal women, and men, with hormone...

FDA approves first targeted therapy for bladder cancer

On April 12, the FDA approved Balversa (erdafitinib) for adult patients with locally advanced or metastatic bladder cancer that has a susceptible genetic alteration...

FDA proposes new mammography amendments

On March 27, the FDA announced proposed amendments designed to provide more information for patients, including information about breast density. Read more at FDA.gov.
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Strategies for nurse leaders

Turn your vision into a road map for others. AUDREY M. STEVENSON, PhD, MPH, MSN, FNP-BC, has spent much of her 30-year career in nursing...
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Breast cancer survivors: Assessment and management of long-term treatment effects

Survivor care continues long after treatment ends. Takeaways: Long-term effects of breast cancer treatment include fatigue, hot flashes and night sweats, sexual dysfunction, sleep disturbance, weight...
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Implementing and evaluating an oral chemotherapy tracking tool

An academic medical center develops guidelines for monitoring medication adherence and side effects in outpatients.  Takeaways: A gap exists between recommendations for nursing staff who...
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Schwartz Rounds: Self-care at its finest

Compassionate care supports patients and caregivers. Takeaways: Compassionate care promotes hope in patients and supports caregivers. Schwartz Rounds® provide a structured forum for members of...
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Artificial intelligence for quality of life symptom disturbance in patients with cancer

A study in PLOS One journal reports that researchers have created two machine learning models that can accurately predict the severity of three common...