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August 17, 2017 | Lillie's Corner
When patients are newly diagnosed with cancer, their focus is on getting the cancer out of their bodies. They may not be listening as well as they might under less stressful circumstances. This can result in an inability to absorb and comprehend all the information provided to them related to side effects from various treatments.
May 17, 2017 | Lillie's Corner
In Part I, you learned about the incidence of cancer, its financial impact on employers, and that this impact will continue to grow in the coming decade(s). In Part II, you will get insights into what we have learned at Johns Hopkins, as well as in other workplace environments that is important for navigators to understand.
April 20, 2017 | Lillie's Corner
This is the first installment in a 3-part series that examines the latest statistics about the disease, as well as looking at the costs and other factors that need to be considered for employees who are battling cancer.
January 17, 2017 | Lillie's Corner
Navigators are vital in communicating realistic expectations to patients, and helping them to transition from one phase of hope to the next, especially when the treatment goes from curative to palliative.
December 21, 2016 | Lillie's Corner
Although your institution may have cut positions, services, and other programs due to not having budgetary means to fund them, that doesn’t mean that these resources aren’t needed; it means they aren’t part of someone’s annual budget.
December 12, 2016 | Lillie's Corner
Breast Cancer
Despite research being conducted and confirmed on the significance of breast density, most women don’t know that having dense breasts increases their risk for breast cancer and reduces a mammogram’s ability to detect cancer, according to a University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine study.
December 14, 2014 | Lillie's Corner
For awhile now, we’ve been hearing this phrase “multidisciplinary team approach.” It is included on documents that patients receive when they come to a cancer center for care. It is commonly heard on the radio as a marketing ploy to encourage people to come to their cancer center. But what does it really mean, and are patients benefiting from it?
May 5, 2013 | Lillie's Corner
When someone is diagnosed with cancer, they are informed of the various “expected” side effects they will likely experience as they travel through their cancer treatment experience. Whether it is fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, weight gain, cognitive functioning problems, sexual dysfunction, hair loss, etc , patients are expected to accept these side effects as part of the hand they have been dealt.
September 4, 2012 | Lillie's Corner
Not only are nurse navigators educating and supporting their patients about their upcoming cancer treatment; they are also becoming involved in clinical trial screening and education. How information is presented regarding clinical trials can directly influence whether a patient asked for more information and eventually signs on or passes on the opportunity to participate.
August 7, 2012 | Lillie's Corner
Survivorship
The need to train PCPs, gynecologists, primary care NPs, internal medicine providers and others who are in the community setting and caring for patients for their chronic illnesses or to promote wellness is paramount to a cancer survivorship program functioning well.
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