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Supportive Care

Cognitive Changes: Educating Breast Cancer Survivors With the Think Well: Healthy Living to Improve Cognitive Function Program

Jacqueline B. Vo
Timiya S. Nolan
Jennifer R. Bail
Silvia Gisiger-Camata
Karen Meneses
CJON 2018, 22(3), 252-255 DOI: 10.1188/18.CJON.252-255

Cognitive changes may occur after cancer treatment and interfere with day-to-day activities of breast cancer survivors. Current guidelines recommend validating cognitive concerns, increasing patient education, and suggesting appropriate interventions. Educational programs, including Think Well: Healthy Living to Improve Cognitive Function, can increase the awareness of cognitive changes and provide strategies for self-management to breast cancer survivors and their family and friends.

AT A GLANCE

  • Oncology nurses can validate cognitive changes that breast cancer survivors experience after cancer treatment and encourage healthy lifestyles.
  • The Think Well program adapts evidence-based guidelines into the curriculum and educates patients on cognitive changes and healthy living strategies.
  • Oncology nurses can deliver the Think Well program in community settings, such as rural areas where resources may be limited.

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