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According to D. Kathryn Tierney, PhD, RN, cancer survivors, patients, and their providers are not talking about the incidence of sexual dysfunction, which can have a negative impact on cancer survivors’ quality of life as well as their intimate partners.

Compassion is defined as a feeling of deep sorrow for another’s pain, accompanied by an equally powerful desire to lessen or remove their suffering, be it mental, physical, or emotional. The difference between empathy and compassion is action.

“The longer a patient is on pain medicine, the harder it is to come off of it and the more it’s going to predict issues later on, so we have to continue to be vigilant,” explained Tonya Edwards, MS, MSN, FNP-C, at the Oncology Nursing Society 2018 Congress.

At the Oncology Nursing Society 2018 Congress, Susan D. Scott, PhD, RN, addresses the secondary trauma endured by clinicians when a patient dies because of an unexpected medical event, and the peer-to-peer support team that she and her colleagues formed at her clinic.

At the ACCC National Oncology Conference in October 2017, Brianne Joseph, LPI, brought the audience to their feet with a compelling message for those involved in cancer care.

The combination of the investigational drug quizartinib plus azacitidine (Vidaza) or low-dose cytarabine has substantial activity in patients with myeloid leukemias and FLT3 mutations.

As the number of patients receiving immune checkpoint blockade grows, the combination of radiation and immunotherapy has become increasingly relevant, particularly in the palliative care setting, where radiation therapy is used to treat painful lesions or brain metastases.

To effectively address socioeconomic disparities in healthcare, it is critical that we improve our understanding of the material, psychosocial, and behavioral dimensions of financial well-being, said Reginald D. Tucker-Seeley, MA, ScM, ScD, at the 2017 AACR Science of Cancer Health Disparities Conference.

Advocacy usually begins with personal crisis and the need for support, but it eventually moves on to sharing experiences and information with others, speaking out in public forums, and working to influence change, suggested Musa Mayer, breast cancer survivor and advocate, at the recent ESMO International Consensus Conference for Advanced Breast Cancer in Lisbon, Portugal.

AONN+ is the largest national specialty organization dedicated to improving patient care and quality of life by defining, enhancing, and promoting the role of oncology nurse and patient navigators. This particular meeting was all about metrics.

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