Preoperative anxiety before cancer surgery may adversely affect patient outcomes. A research study attempted to alleviate anxiety symptoms by utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach that involves oncology nurse navigator, behavioral health nurse, social worker, dietitian, and surgeon.
Many patients with cancer have noncancer medical conditions. The presence of comorbidity impacts almost every stage of a cancer journey and may either facilitate or delay the early detection of certain cancers.
Financial toxicity impacts treatment outcomes and quality of life for patients with cancer. Researchers say establishing sustainable oncology-designated financial navigation roles is imperative to expanding patient support and improving health and financial outcomes of patients.
Adolescent and young adult survivors of breast cancer may face many of the same challenges as other cancer survivors, but some concerns, such as childcare and infertility, are especially salient for them.
Lung cancer screening can help detect the cancer early and facilitate treatment that is likely to be curative. Guidelines have been developed for clinicians to interpret screening results and recommend management.
AONN+ Foundation for Learning Director of Certification Lisa Hartman and a group of experts discuss the value of oncology navigator certification from the perspectives of patient navigators, nurse navigators, healthcare administrators, and physicians.
In this episode, AONN+ leaders Emily Gentry and Monica Dean have a hearty discussion on self-love and share some “lessons learned” for oncology navigators to manage stress and anxiety as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, from loving yourself, movement, mindfulness, meditation and breathwork, and adequate sleep, to healthy diet and hydration.
To provide optimal care for patients with cancer, we must be able to provide equitable care for all. The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) has been striving to create opportunities for all its members that will contribute to providing equitable care.
Fertility preservation can lead to greater options for family-building following cancer treatment. Duke University researchers utilized oncofertility navigation to reduce access barriers to fertility counseling and preservation.
Oncology navigators and team leaders have a shared responsibility to make the team work cohesively and people bond easily. In episode 16 of the AONN+ Heart and Soul of Oncology Navigation podcast, experts discuss navigation leadership, teamwork, and the importance of collaboration.
Yale University researchers say a community-based, collaborative oncology navigation approach works better than primarily hospital-based services in helping underserved minority women with breast cancer.