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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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Lynn A. Adams
Nancy Shepard
Rose Ann Caruso
Martha J. Norling
Heather Belansky
Regina S. Cunningham
CJON 2009, 13(1), 95-102 DOI: 10.1188/09.CJON.95-102
Anorexia is defined as an involuntary loss of appetite.Approximately 50% of newly diagnosed patients with cancer experience the symptom, which often is accompanied by weight loss and most typically associated with advanced disease.Anorexia significantly affects the clinical course of cancer; it can...
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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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Cynthia Cummings-Winfield
Tayreez Mushani-Kanji
CJON 2008, 12(6), 925-934 DOI: 10.1188/08.CJON.925-934
In September 2006, the Oncology Nursing Advisory Board met to discuss the current management of central venous access device (CVAD) occlusions for patients receiving cancer treatment in centers across Canada. The board found inconsistency in practice across the country and advocated for the...
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Ardith Z. Doorenbos
Ann M. Berger
Cheryl Brohard-Holbert
Linda Eaton
Sharon Kozachik
Geri LoBiondo-Wood
Gail Mallory
Tessa Rue
Claudette Varricchio
CJON 2008, 12(6), 965-970 DOI: 10.1188/08.CJON.965-970
Evidence-based practice can be hard to implement in the "real world" of clinical care. A set of reference cards with outcome-specific intervention options can make that practice possible. The Oncology Nursing Society Putting Evidence Into Practice® (ONS PEP) resources cover 16 topics to improve...
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Ellen Poage
Marybeth Singer
Jane Armer
Melanie Poundall
M. Jeanne Shellabarger
CJON 2008, 12(6), 951-964 DOI: 10.1188/08.CJON.951-964
Download the 2014 revision to Putting Evidence Into Practice interventions for fatigue for free at by Fu et al., CJON, 18 (6, Suppl.), 68-79. Cancer treatment is the leading cause of lymphedema in developed countries. Development and severity of lymphedema...
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Lisa Kennedy Sheldon
Susan Swanson
Amy Dolce
Kathy Marsh
Julie Summers
CJON 2008, 12(5), 789-797 DOI: 10.1188/08.CJON.789-797
Anxiety is a common form of distress that oncology nurses often observe in their patients. The incidence of anxiety may be as high as 50% in recently diagnosed patients and may persist into survivorship. How nurses respond to patients experiencing distress and anxiety influences further assessment...
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Jamie S. Myers
Cynthia Teel
CJON 2008, 12(5), 725-729 DOI: 10.1188/08.CJON.725-729
The purpose of this cross-sectional, descriptive pilot study was to collect frequency data for oncology nurses' awareness of cognitive impairment (CI) secondary to chemotherapy, practice patterns related to assessment and education of patients and families about CI, and access to related...
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