Oncology

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 lists can accommodate one more thing: to take care of...

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 the US. Additionally, between 2016 to 2017, there was a...

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 rates from cancer continue to decline, the numbers of cancer...

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 (12 years and older) with sickle cell disease (SCD). SCD is...

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 evidence or quality improvement efforts but don’t create new knowledge.  ...

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 through a phase 2 clinical trial (BGB-311-206 / NCT0306970) in...

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 impactful was a session on e-cigarettes and their adverse health...

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 following points: Exercise is an important tool for cancer prevention,...

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 cancer. The researchers wanted to answer the question: “Does an association...

This month is Lung Cancer Awareness Month!

Lung Cancer Awareness Month is an interesting time for me. Up until only a few months ago, I was working in a healthcare market research agency doing analytics in different online disease communities. This...

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 her story with American Nurse Today. We specifically wanted to...

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 of hyperbaric oxygen therapy to relieve radiation cystitis symptoms for...

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. Men, however, frequently are overlooked when it comes to discussions...