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Cynthia F. Cramer
CJON 2010, 14(1), 53-56 DOI: 10.1188/10.CJON.53-56
Oncology nurses are expected to be knowledgeable in dealing with palliative care and end-of-life issues. However, patients with advanced cancer often are not offered palliative care until they are approaching the very end of their lives. Oncology nurses need to step up as patient advocates. They...
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Carolyn Spence Cagle
Jo Nell Wells
CJON 2010, 14(1), E1-E9 DOI: 10.1188/10.CJON.E1-E9
Cancer caregivers in Mexican American families experience role-related challenges influenced by limited healthcare literacy. The lack of functional health literacy becomes complex when Mexican Americans have limited English proficiency (LEP) and cultural beliefs that contrast with those of the...
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Michelle Kolb
CJON 2009, 13(6), E30-E40 DOI: 10.1188/09.CJON.E30-E40
The increasing survival rate from pediatric cancer has been one of the greatest accomplishments in the medical world in the 20th century. However, as young adult survivors move into adulthood, they must face the long-term side effects of their treatments. For such individuals, the transition to...
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Deanna Sanchez Yamamoto
Pamela Hallquist Viale
CJON 2009, 13(5), E18-E29 DOI: 10.1188/09.CJON.E18-E29
Aromatase inhibitors (AIs) have become integral to the treatment of women with breast cancer and are the treatment of choice in postmenopausal women who have tumors that are estrogen receptor positive. The depletion of estrogen seen with AI therapy is significant and translates to beneficial tumor...
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Guiyun Zhou
Jill Stoltzfus
Beth Ann Swan
CJON 2009, 13(4), E3-E17 DOI: 10.1188/09.CJON.E3-E17
Vitamin D deficiency is common in the general public and in patients with cancer. Optimizing vitamin D intake is increasingly recognized in cancer risk reduction, particularly in decreasing colorectal cancer risk. Therefore, summarizing the current evidence to promote best practices related to...
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Nina N. Grenon
Jennifer Chan
CJON 2009, 13(3), 285-296 DOI: 10.1188/09.CJON.285-296
This article will provide an overview of the principal toxicities associated with commonly used chemotherapy treatment regimens for metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) and explore the role of the oncology nurse in the management of treatment-associated toxicity. Although patients with mCRC have...
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Paula M. Muehlbauer
Deborah Thorpe
Arlene Davis
Rachael Drabot
Barbara L. Rawlings
Elizabeth Kiker
CJON 2009, 13(3), 336-341 DOI: 10.1188/09.CJON.336-341
Diarrhea is a common side effect of chemotherapy regimens, particularly fluorouracil- and irinotecan-based therapies and abdominal and pelvic radiation regimens. Diarrhea can cause depletion of fluids and electrolytes, malnutrition, dehydration, and hospitalization, all of which can lead to...
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CJON 2009, 13(2), 137-143 DOI: 10.1188/09.CJON.137-143
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Henry R. Rivera
CJON 2009, 13(2), 195-202 DOI: 10.1188/09.CJON.195-202
Patients with cancer are living longer as the disease has become a more chronic condition. Family and friends assume the role of caregiver as more cancer care shifts to the home. The value of informal caregivers and the support they provide to patients will continue to increase. However, caregiving...
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Eileen Hacker
CJON 2009, 13(1), 31-39 DOI: 10.1188/09.CJON.31-39
Exercise improves quality of life (QOL) in people with cancer. Most oncology healthcare providers recognize the statement to be true because the research literature provides strong support for the physical and psychological benefits of exercise. Because the terms exercise, QOL , and people with...
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