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  • Volume 17 Issue 2 - A systematic approach to breast care nursing in the
           rural setting: Development of a database and support tool to ensure
           continuity of care
    • Abstract: Pitt, Rachael; Davis, Annette
      Breast care nurses (BCNs) are known to improve the cancer experience for those diagnosed with breast cancer. This paper examines the specialist breast nurse competencies and the development of a database and support tool to assist BCNs in the provision of continuity of care in a rural hospital in New South Wales (NSW). The database and tool, guided by the competencies, supports the provision of optimal care through a more structured approach to management.

      PubDate: Tue, 30 May 2017 21:20:20 GMT
       
  • Volume 17 Issue 2 - Author guidelines
    • PubDate: Tue, 30 May 2017 21:20:20 GMT
       
  • Volume 17 Issue 2 - Using distress screening assessments to improve
           quality care
    • Abstract: Holz, Lynette; Ruhl, Jacquie
      Introduction: Alleviating distress experienced by patients with a diagnosis of cancer is important. Distress screening and targeting interventions aimed at the cause of distress improves quality of life for cancer patients. Distress screening was introduced to the ambulatory treatment centre in 2015 at initial education and when a change of treatment was implemented.

      Objectives: To improve understanding of nurse-led interventions that may assist patients following distress screening as a quality project. Methodology: A literature review was conducted examining resources published between 2010 and 2015.

      Results: The review revealed a range of successful, nurse-led interventions and revealed some potential barriers to effective screening.

      Conclusion: Developing and implementing a clinical management pathway to assist nurses in responding effectively to distress screening is needed. Continuing education to inform nurse-led interventions can also support effective integration of distress screening into clinical practice. Additionally, improving the consistency of use of the distress screening tool allows evaluation of the effectiveness of nurseled interventions.

      PubDate: Tue, 30 May 2017 21:20:20 GMT
       
  • Volume 17 Issue 2 - Optimal cancer care pathways: Developing best practice
           guides to improve patient outcomes and identify variations in care
    • Abstract: Viner, Alexandra H; Williams-Spence, Jenni M; Whitfield, Kathryn; Thomas, Robert JS
      Introduction: The pathway for people undergoing diagnosis and treatment for cancer is complex and often poorly understood by patients, clinicians and administrators. In Australia, national Optimal Cancer Care Pathways (OCPs) have been developed to map this journey for specific tumour types.

      Aim: The primary objectives of establishing the OCPs are to describe the standard of care and targets for evaluating cancer care programs, and improve understanding of the components of the pathway for both clinicians and consumers.

      Method: Multidisciplinary expert groups for each tumour stream reviewed and agreed upon the content for each pathway. This was followed by public consultation with peak national bodies and key stakeholders.

      Results: OCPs for 15 tumour streams, with consumer versions and quick reference guides for general practitioners, have been published online. The full suite of OCPs provides nurses and other health care professionals with improved resources for addressing their patients' needs and questions.

      Practice implications: State-based health departments in Australia are responsible for implementing the OCPs in their jurisdiction. Structural support for implementation is provided by the federal government. Performance expectations, clinician engagement and system accountability will be integrated in the implementation process.

      PubDate: Tue, 30 May 2017 21:20:20 GMT
       
  • Volume 17 Issue 2 - Professional leadership in the context of cancer
           nursing organisations
    • Abstract: Chan, Raymond Javan; Truant, Tracy
      PubDate: Tue, 30 May 2017 21:20:20 GMT
       
  • Volume 17 Issue 2 - Understanding and managing symptom effects of cerebral
           oedema in high-grade glioma patients: A review of the literature
    • Abstract: Hammersley, Jessica Ann
      High-grade glioma (HGG) is a primary brain tumour which is associated with a high mortality rate. An HGG diagnosis is an overwhelming experience for patients and their families, with patients suffering from a range of symptoms associated with disease progression and treatment resulting in poor outcomes and quality of life. For the neuro-oncology nurse, it is difficult to deliver comprehensive health care to this patient group. A search of the literature was conducted for the years 2004 through September 2015. Based on predefined criteria, 16 records were retrieved for review with a major focus on symptoms and treatment of cerebral oedema. The findings were grouped based on emerging categories relating to treatment and management of cerebral oedema, quality of life, functionality and psychological health and nursing assessment and interventions. This article aims to provide health care professionals with a better understanding of the symptom management and effects of cerebral oedema in HGG patients.

      PubDate: Tue, 30 May 2017 21:20:20 GMT
       
  • Volume 14 Issue 2 - A review of strategies to support the professional
           practice of specialist cancer nurses
    • Abstract: Black, Elisabeth; Farmer, Fiona
      Specialist cancer nurses are effective in delivering safe and cost-effective cancer care. Nurses working at an advanced level require support, not only to undertake professional development and maintain their clinical skills and competency, but to prevent emotional burnout and remain in clinical practice. This paper examines mechanisms of professional support for nurses working in advanced roles and the range of support strategies recommended to encourage professional development and reduce the risk of professional burnout. Strategies discussed include specialist training, continuing professional development, mentoring, peer support, networking, clinical supervision and clinical leadership. The benefits of each type of support are discussed using the specialist breast care nurse (SBCN) as an example of an advanced nursing role requiring structured support for sustainability and career satisfaction.

      PubDate: Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:01:50 GMT
       
  • Volume 14 Issue 2 - Supporting blokes - providing support for male
           partners of women diagnosed with breast cancer
    • Abstract: Wallace, Katherine; Coyne, Elisabeth
      Background: There is considerable evidence indicating poor coping strategies and increased psychological distress in the male partners of women diagnosed with breast cancer. Research suggests that the needs of male partners of women with breast cancer were not being addressed. A support group for male partners was evaluated to identify its effectiveness in addressing specific needs of those within the group. Method: A descriptive study was completed exploring the value of a male support groups. Evaluations completed after attendance at the support groups provided qualitative data. Results: The feedback received supports the premise that a formalised programme can provide male partners with the opportunity to share experiences, enhance relationships and improve coping strategies. Conclusion: The Supporting Blokes programme has the potential to be used as a template for all health care workers in providing psychosocial support to partners of women affected by cancer.

      PubDate: Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:01:50 GMT
       
  • Volume 14 Issue 2 - The strengths and resources used by families of young
           women with breast cancer
    • Abstract: Coyne, Elisabeth
      Background The family provides the main support network when a young woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, yet few studies investigate the experience of family support. This research examined the strengths and resources used by families of young women (under 50 years of age) with breast cancer. Method Using the Resiliency Model of Family Stress, a quantitative analysis of family strengths and resources was undertaken using a composite survey. The sample consisted of 111 participants: 64 family members and 47 women with breast cancer recruited from five oncology units in hospitals in Queensland. Results Family members and the women displayed similar strengths and resources. Family strengths were closely associated with the family use of resources. Influencing factors were communication and family commitment and the age of family members. Conclusion Family strengths influenced the family's use of resources. The family's use of external resources was altered by family communication styles and how the family worked together.

      PubDate: Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:01:50 GMT
       
  • Volume 14 Issue 2 - Evaluation of the McGrath foundation's breast cancer
           nurses initiative
    • Abstract: Paynter, Helen; Fodero, Lisa; Scuteri, Joe; Kerin-Ayres, Kim; Tink, Kylea
      The McGrath Foundation's Breast Cancer Nurses Initiative (the Initiative) was evaluated in 2012, and found to be an evidence-based model for improving the quality of care for women with breast cancer. The model promotes a patient-centred, multidisciplinary approach to cancer care, improving care coordination between health care professionals in metropolitan and regional cancer centres and is broader than a hospital-specific role. From an economic perspective, the Initiative has had a positive impact on improving patient safety. Stakeholders interviewed believed the Initiative has been able to reduce hospital readmissions and/or unnecessary emergency department visits; reduce the time surgeons, oncologists and allied health staff need to spend with patients; and reduce costs to the mental health system. From a quality of life perspective, women surveyed who had access to a McGrath breast care nurse (BCN) were unequivocal in their view that the McGrath BCN has enhanced their quality of life.

      PubDate: Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:01:50 GMT
       
  • Volume 14 Issue 2 - Breast cancer in Australia: Supporting patients,
           families and health professionals
    • Abstract: Lancaster, Letitia
      PubDate: Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:01:50 GMT
       
  • Volume 14 Issue 1 - Understanding the experience of a cancer diagnosis and
           illness - a patient perspective of the biographical disruption of multiple
           myeloma
    • Abstract: Morris, Patricia
      Developing an understanding of the experience and tensions associated with a cancer diagnosis and illness from a patient perspective presents a difficult and absorbing challenge for cancer nurses. There are three key theoretical concepts which can inform the nurse regarding the subjective experience of illness. These concepts include: biographical disruption of illness; narrative reconstruction; and loss of self. The relevance of these theories is to enable the nurse to understand the interface of the patient cancer journey as related to the health care delivery system and to a broader social context. These theories address issues of loss, uncertainty, stigmatisation of illness and the individual ability to recreate sense and order after a cancer diagnosis. The combination of the key theoretical concepts of illness and a humanities-based approach will help develop an understanding of the experience of a cancer diagnosis and illness beyond either a clinical or biomedical model. The humanities, which are associated with the medium of written texts, artefacts and cultural practices, can enable the patient to relate their cancer journey. The humanities attempt to understand the human experience by acknowledging and relaying the human aspiration, achievements and expressions.

      PubDate: Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:00:56 GMT
       
  • Volume 14 Issue 1 - Second primary cancers: A focus on Australian
           survivors of haematological cancers
    • Abstract: Loft, Nicole
      An increasing number of Australians are now living as cancer survivors. Survivors of haematological cancer are recognised to be at increased risk of developing a second primary cancer. A second primary cancer may present as a solid cancer or a haematological cancer. Second primary haematological cancer may occur as a therapy-related myeloid cancer or a post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder. Nurses can engage with cancer survivors to educate and provide resources that will assist them to reduce avoidable risk factors and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Australia has national screening programs and healthy lifestyle recommendations for the general population. Behavioural changes, early detection and secondary cancer prevention are associated with improved cancer survival and may assist to identify and manage late effects. Educating and empowering cancer survivors to participate in healthy lifestyle behaviours and engage with population screening programs may assist to optimise long-term health for cancer survivors.

      PubDate: Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:00:56 GMT
       
  • Volume 14 Issue 1 - Survivorship care - time for innovation'
    • Abstract: Panek-Hudson, Yvonne
      Effective cancer treatment is continuing to improve survival for people diagnosed with cancers in recent years. The latest data on cancer survival has seen the cancer survival rate increase from 47% to 66% in just 20 years. Cancer is increasingly being viewed as chronic illness and people with cancer are increasingly expected to take at least some responsibility for managing their own care. Cancer nurses have to engage in cancer survival work in addition to cancer treatment work. This has demanded change and has led to cancer nurses having to change the way in which they work. Implementing survivorship care strategies into patient management has become a key component of cancer nursing. There is an increasing body of literature and a number of guidelines aiming to optimise and advise how to care for cancer survivors into the future in an attempt to improve the longer term outcomes for cancer patients. This paper will provide an overview of current accepted definitions of survivorship and its relevance to Australian population. It will discuss survivorship strategy recommendations and their limitations and present an innovative model of nurse-led survivorship care in the care of patients post allogeneic bone marrow transplant (aBMT).

      PubDate: Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:00:56 GMT
       
  • Volume 14 Issue 1 - Patient blood management and care for chemotherapy and
           haematopoietic stem cell transplant patients
    • Abstract: Quested, Beverleigh
      Without blood component support chemotherapy and haematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) patients could not be properly treated. In the last two years significant change has occurred in the standards, guidelines and governance of blood and blood components in Australia. The paradigm in transfusion medicine has moved from transfusion thresholds triggers to patient blood management principles. This article reviews the current Australian guidelines and standards that relate to blood transfusion for patients undergoing chemotherapy and HSCT and the impact upon their care.

      PubDate: Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:00:56 GMT
       
  • Volume 14 Issue 1 - A 'haem theme' but a commonality of practice
    • Abstract: Stephens, Moira
      PubDate: Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:00:56 GMT
       
  • Volume 13 Issue 2 - Practical self-care and stress management for oncology
           nurses
    • Abstract: Grafton, Eileen; Coyne, Elisabeth
      This paper aims to discuss notions of supportive care, stress for oncology nurses in provision of such care, and practical strategies for stress management. Role-related stress and burn-out in oncology nurses are challenges that require effective management at both organisational and personal levels. Oncology nurses, as do others, strive to provide exemplary nursing care for people affected by cancer, and their families. These needs reach across the physical, psychosocial, cultural and spiritual dimensions, and change over time from diagnosis through to end of life. One source of stress for many oncology nurses is the attempt to manage tensions that arise from trying to provide a person-centred approach to care in a biomedically driven and physically focused health care delivery system. The key concepts of self-awareness, self-care and resilience will be discussed and specific practices that empower nurses to better management stress will be presented.

      PubDate: Fri, 23 Nov 2012 11:32:31 GMT
       
  • Volume 13 Issue 2 - Using the collaborative evidence-based practice model:
           A systematic review and uptake of chlorhexidine-impregnated sponge
           dressings on central venous access devices in a tertiary cancer care
           centre
    • Abstract: Chan, Raymond Javan; Northfield, Sarah; Alexander, Alison; Rickard, Claire M
      Background: Greater research utilisation in cancer nursing practice is needed in Australia in order to provide well-informed and effective nursing care to people affected by cancer. This paper reports the implementation of evidence-based practice in a tertiary cancer care centre. Methods: Using a case report design, this paper reports on the use of the Collaborative Model for Evidence-Based Practice in an Australian tertiary cancer care centre. The clinical case describes the uptake of routine application of chlorhexidine-impregnated sponge dressings for preventing centrally inserted catheter-related bloodstream infections - a common problem in people with cancer. The processes that resulted in a service-wide practice change are described. Results: This model was considered a feasible method for successful research utilisation. In this case report, the chlorhexidine-impregnated sponge dressings were introduced in the tertiary cancer care centre with the aim of reducing the incidence of centrally inserted catheter-related bloodstream infections and potentially improving patient health outcomes. Conclusion: The collaborative model is feasible and effective for implementing clinical evidence into cancer nursing practice. The successful implementation of evidence-based practice in cancer care centres requires cancer nurses and health administrators to ensure a supportive infrastructure and environment for clinical inquiry and research utilisation.

      PubDate: Fri, 23 Nov 2012 11:31:53 GMT
       
  • Volume 13 Issue 2 - Developing a quality cancer system - the role of
           patient experience
    • Abstract: Daly, Lilian
      Quality cancer care is described as care that is safe, effective, patient-centred, timely, efficient, equitable and coordinated. There is evidence to suggest that not all patients experience quality cancer care and that there may be substantial variation across patient and tumour groups, treatment settings and stages of disease. For some groups, important disparities in cancer outcomes may indicate significant gaps in quality and health system performance. Understanding how patients experience their care in relation to agreed and established standards can highlight significant opportunities for improvement. As such, patient experience may be regarded as a key indicator of the quality of cancer care and the overall performance of the health system. This paper explores the relationship between patient experience and the quality of cancer care, and the opportunities this rich and veritably untapped data source provides for monitoring health system performance and targeting improvements for better cancer outcomes.

      PubDate: Fri, 23 Nov 2012 11:26:24 GMT
       
  • Volume 13 Issue 2 - Quality cancer care
    • Abstract: Lancaster, Letitia
      PubDate: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 10:56:13 GMT
       
  • Volume 11 Issue 2 - Childhood Cancer in Australia
    • Abstract: Momber, Suzanne
      Childhood cancer is rare and over the past decade there has been a significant increase in Australia in the overall survival rate. However, in 2004 it was still the second leading cause of death behind injuries in the one to 14 age group, accounting for 19% of deaths. Despite these improvements, for a large proportion of survivors the childhood cancer experience extends to long-term health effects due to the cancer or as a result of treatment. The diagnosis of cancer impacts on the child, parents, siblings and extended family, causing distress and often significant psychosocial sequelae for protracted periods. Disruption to normal family and social routines and additional financial strain can be considerable, particularly for those from rural and remote areas who need to relocate to a metropolitan paediatric centre for part or all of the child's treatment. Childhood and adult cancers have important differences including how the cancer originates and the clinical characteristics. Many childhood cancers develop as a result of abnormal cell maturation. Childhood cancers are classified according to the International Classification of Childhood Cancers 3rd Edition (ICCC-3), which categorises tumours based on their cell type rather than the primary site. This paper provides an overview of the incidence, management and outcomes of the most common cancers diagnosed in Australian children.

      PubDate: Sat, 6 Oct 2012 14:34:19 GMT
       
  • Volume 12 Issue 1 - Prevention of vaginal stenosis after treatment for
           gynaecological cancer
    • Abstract: Tanner, Pauline; Lindsay, Gae; Kerrison, Shirilee; Monterosso, Leanne
      Background Radiotherapy to the pelvis is an effective treatment for gynaecological cancers. This treatment, however, can result in vaginal stenosis, which may lead to dyspareunia, affecting psychosocial health and intimate relationships. It can also result in painful vaginal examinations and even preclude a full clinical examination, which is often an essential component for follow-up care. Several nurse-led initiatives were implemented across Western Australian Gynaecological Cancer Services (WAGCS) during 2008-2009 to prevent development of vaginal stenosis including the Prevention of vaginal stenosis clinical pathway. Aim To ascertain whether implementation of the Prevention of vaginal stenosis clinical pathway resulted in increased knowledge of vaginal stenosis and use of vaginal dilators in accordance with best practice. Method A clinical audit of women who received care before (n=20) and after (n=18) implementation of the clinical pathway. Results The best practice Prevention of vaginal stenosis clinical pathway led to better understanding of vaginal stenosis and increased use of vaginal dilators in women at risk. Conclusion Use of evidence-based support and education can prevent or ameliorate some of the known debilitating side effects of cancer treatment.

      PubDate: Sat, 6 Oct 2012 14:24:58 GMT
       
  • Volume 12 Issue 2 - A Cochrane review on the effects of end-of-life care
           pathways: Do they improve patient outcomes'
    • Abstract: Chan, Raymond Javan; Webster, Joan
      Clinical pathways for end-of-life care management are used widely around the world and have been regarded as the gold standard. The aim of this review was to assess the effects of end-of-life care pathways (EOLCP), compared with usual care (no pathway) or with care guided by a different end-of-life care pathway, across all health care settings (for example, hospitals, residential aged care facilities, community). We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), the Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care Review Group Specialised Register, MEDLINE, EMBASE, review articles and reference lists of relevant articles. The search was carried out in September 2009. All randomised controlled trials (RCTs), quasi-randomised trials or high-quality, controlled, before and after studies comparing use versus non-use of an EOLCP in caring for the dying were considered for inclusion. The search identified 920 potentially relevant titles, but no studies met criteria for inclusion in the review. Without further available evidence, recommendations for the use of EOLCP for the dying cannot be made. There are now recent concerns regarding the big-scale roll-out of EOLCP despite the lack of evidence; nurses should report any safety concerns or adverse effects associated with such pathways.

      PubDate: Sat, 6 Oct 2012 14:22:57 GMT
       
  • Volume 12 Issue 1 - The experience of receiving radiation therapy
    • Abstract: Rose, Pauline
      Patients undergoing radiation therapy for cancer face significant challenges requiring support from the multidisciplinary team over the course of their treatment. Radiation oncology nurses are an important part of this team. This paper describes the use of radiation therapy and highlights how this treatment modality might impact on the patient throughout a course of treatment. There is particular emphasis on the physical and psychosocial domains for the patient, as well as the nurse's role in patient care. In the physical domain, this paper highlights the major responses by patients to the impact of radiotherapy on the skin and mucous membranes and the common sites of the body, where there is a cumulative radiotherapy effect on tissues. The psychosocial domain concentrates on a brief overview of sources of distress that may impact on the quality of life of the patient and their family.

      PubDate: Sat, 6 Oct 2012 14:11:58 GMT
       
  • Volume 12 Issue 2 - Terminal delirium
    • Abstract: Robinson, John
      Delirium is common in terminally ill patients and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Often misdiagnosed and poorly managed due to the similarity in presentation with pain and other psychological disorders such as dementia and depression, it is a distressing symptom for patients, their families/caregivers and health care professionals. The pathogenesis of delirium is multifactorial, complex and poorly understood and no single cause has been identified to date. Management of delirium requires accurate assessment and investigation of potential causes and may include both non-pharmacological and pharmacological strategies. Palliative sedation may be required in some cases, but this strategy remains controversial. Difficulties identified included a lack of awareness and poor recognition of delirium, a paucity of definitive assessment tools for both delirium and pain at the end of life and the underuse of assessment tools that are available. The routine use of medications at the end of life may cause or exacerbate delirium.

      PubDate: Sat, 6 Oct 2012 13:24:45 GMT
       
  • Volume 11 Issue 1 - Endometrial Cancer: An Opportunity for Health
           Promotion and Disease Prevention
    • Abstract: McLaren, Elisha
      Endometrial cancer is now the most common gynaecological malignancy in Australia, with numbers expected to rise along with the increase in obesity and an ageing population. Despite this rise in incidence, the majority of women become cancer survivors. However, risk factors for the disease including obesity, hypertension and diabetes, often found as comorbidities in these women, can negatively impact on their survival. As lifestyle plays a significant role in the development of endometrial cancer and its associated comorbidities, there is an increasing need for targeted lifestyle interventions in this group. The purpose of this article is to discuss the benefits of lifestyle and exercise interventions for women with endometrial cancer and the need to include behavioural counselling techniques such as Motivational Interviewing. The article will also discuss the significant impact nurses may have on patient outcomes through the delivery of these interventions.

      PubDate: Sat, 6 Oct 2012 13:17:32 GMT
       
  • Volume 13 Issue 1 - Enabling supportive care screening and evidence-based
           referrals for patients with cancer: Patient acceptability and clinician
           implementation of the supportive care resource kit (SCRK)
    • Abstract: Breen, Sibilah; Ristevski, Eli; Regan, Melanie
      The Resource Kit was developed to enable supportive care screening of cancer patients accompanied by evidence-based referrals. Patient acceptability of the screening/referral process was assessed alongside clinician ability to undertake screening/referral in line with training received and the resource kit protocols. Forty patients and seven clinicians participated. Patients completed a brief screening tool to identify unmet needs and participated in a discussion with a trained clinician who identified strategies to meet these needs. Patients subsequently completed an acceptability questionnaire whilst clinician actions to identified needs were assessed. Patient acceptability of the screening/referral process was high and future use endorsed (97%) with the process helping to fully identify patient needs (91%) and promote realisation that help/support was available when needed (100%). Clinicians successfully applied skills learned from training to appropriately refer 88% of patient domain needs in line with the resource kit protocols. Future use of the resource kit may assist the incorporation of supportive care screening/referral into clinical practice to improve patient care.

      PubDate: Tue, 14 Aug 2012 09:58:55 GMT
       
  • Volume 13 Issue 1 - Cancer care coordinators' relationships with the
           multidisciplinary team and patients: Everything to everyone
    • Abstract: Regan, Melanie; Mills, Jane; Ristevski, Eli
      This study aimed to examine the role of cancer care coordinators (CCCs) by investigating what is practically involved in care coordination and what CCCs' perceptions of their role are. Using a qualitative approach with an action research design, two CCCs from a large regional hospital in Australia undertook a patient record audit, analysed using content analysis, and reflected upon within a reflective group process. In practice, cancer care coordination involves a variety of activities which support the multidisciplinary team, cancer patients and carers. The participants' perspective - that they were everything to everyone - was an acceptable way of defining the parameters of their role. Areas requiring consideration are multidisciplinary team function in regard to liaison and shared responsibility, strategies to reduce the potential deskilling of team members, increasing awareness of the importance of promoting patient self-management, critically reflecting on relationships with team members and patients, and endeavouring to gain organisational and multidisciplinary team support for what appears to be a role on which there is great reliance.

      PubDate: Tue, 14 Aug 2012 09:58:55 GMT
       
  • Volume 13 Issue 1 - Insights into the development of a nurse-led
           survivorship care intervention for long-term survivors of Hodgkin lymphoma
           
    • Abstract: Gates, Priscilla; Seymour, John F; Krishnasamy, Mei
      Hodgkin lymphoma is a highly curable cancer with increasing numbers of survivors at risk of medical and psychosocial morbidity which can impact on their quality of life and long-term survival. An innovative model of nurse-led survivorship care has been developed to enhance 1) awareness of individual health risks, 2) benefits of adopting healthy lifestyle behaviours and 3) reduction in psychosocial distress. A phase 1, quasi-experimental study is being undertaken to test the capacity of the intervention to deliver against the aims outlined. Thirty survivors of Hodgkin lymphoma and 30 healthy participants have been recruited to the study. The nurse-led consultations include an education package tailored to these individuals' health needs, screening for emotional distress and delivery of an individualised survivorship care plan. Study measures include the General Health Index, the Health Promoting Lifestyle Profile II and the late effects Supportive Care Needs Screening Tool. This paper outlines the rationale and key design issues behind the development of the nurse-led intervention and some preliminary indication of the benefit of the intervention from participants' perspective.

      PubDate: Tue, 14 Aug 2012 09:58:55 GMT
       
  • Volume 13 Issue 1 - Nurse-led cancer care
    • Abstract: Stephens, Moira
      PubDate: Tue, 14 Aug 2012 09:58:55 GMT
       
  • Volume 12 Issue 1 - Use of deodorant in breast cancer patients undergoing
           radiation treatment: A national survey of nursing advice
    • Abstract: Carson, Sharron
      Skin care practices recommended for people undergoing external beam radiation (EBRT) vary between radiation oncology departments. Nurses caring for women undergoing EBRT to the breast commonly recommend avoidance of deodorants, especially those that are aluminium-based. However, many women view deodorant use as part of their hygiene routine and are anxious when deodorant use is prohibited. A national survey, using a self-report questionnaire, was undertaken to explore advice given by nursing staff regarding deodorant use to women with a diagnosis of breast cancer undergoing EBRT. The majority of nurses who responded to the survey endorsed the use of aluminium-free deodorants for women undergoing EBRT for breast cancer. Avoidance of aluminiumfree deodorants for women undergoing EBRT does not seem to be supported by evidence or current practice. The question of whether aluminium deodorants can be safely used during radiation therapy remains unanswered and presents an opportunity for future nursing research in this area.

      PubDate: Wed, 15 Feb 2012 14:37:01 GMT
       
  • Volume 12 Issue 1 - Utilising evidence to inform acute toxicity scoring
           for patients receiving radiation therapy for lung cancer
    • Abstract: Everitt, Sarah; Krishnasamy, Mei; Duffy, Mary; Briffa, Sara
      Prompt screening and assessment of acute radiation-induced toxicities are central to the delivery of high-quality, patient-centered care. This paper describes the development and implementation of an acute toxicity scoring tool (the screening tool) for use in a multidisciplinary setting. The screening tool was developed to: 1) promote systematic screening and timely identification of radiation-induced toxicities; and 2) enhance professional awareness of evidence-based interventions for radiation-induced toxicities experienced by patients diagnosed with lung cancer. A six-item scoring tool was developed, based on the best available evidence, expert multidisciplinary input and a training needs analysis to ensure the relevance of the content and acceptability of the format of the screening tool. The screening tool was piloted by members of the lung multidisciplinary team and consumers prior to its implementation in practice. The screening tool includes screening criteria, a grading scale and interventions based on each of the key toxicities. Ongoing evaluation indicates that the screening tool promotes systematic grading of key toxicities by multidisciplinary practitioners. Furthermore, practitioners are provided with the knowledge necessary to promote patient self-care in response to acute radiation-induced toxicities and are prompted to make appropriate and timely referrals for toxicity interventions.

      PubDate: Wed, 15 Feb 2012 14:37:01 GMT
       
  • Volume 12 Issue 1 - Radiation oncology nursing
    • Abstract: Krishnasamy, Mei
      PubDate: Wed, 15 Feb 2012 14:37:01 GMT
       
  • Volume 12 Issue 2 - Supporting informal caregivers of people with advanced
           cancer: A literature review
    • Abstract: Ugalde, Anna; Krishnasamy, Meinir; Schofield, Penelope
      Informal carers are people who provide care without a specific professional role. They provide diverse caregiving supports including disease-related problems, side effects of treatment and psychosocial impacts. This paper reports on a comprehensive review of caregiving literature, focusing specifically on cancer caregivers. The paper presents five observations drawn from the literature in order to make recommendations about how caregivers of people with advanced cancer can best be supported. The observations are: 1) caregivers are a heterogeneous group; 2) they have unique needs that differ to the patient; 3) their role includes more than attending to physical caregiving tasks; 4) they may feel unable to take a break from the role and 5) they need their own support which may be beneficial to their capacity to continue in the caregiving role. Recommendations for how health professionals can assist in supporting caregivers in their role are discussed.

      PubDate: Fri, 9 Dec 2011 15:20:19 GMT
       
  • Volume 12 Issue 2 - The aetiology, impact and management of cancer-related
           fatigue in patients with advanced cancer
    • Abstract: Chan, Raymond Javan; Yates, Patsy; McCarthy, Alexandra L
      Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is a distressing symptom frequently experienced by patients with advanced cancer. While there have been some advances in the understanding of the management of fatigue associated with cancer treatment, CRF associated with advanced cancer remains a phenomenon that is not well-managed. The aetiologic factors associated with CRF, the impacts of CRF and the current management of CRF are discussed in this review article in relation to patients with advanced cancer. The paper concludes that, while further research is required in the area, there are several potentially effective strategies currently available that can reduce the severity of CRF in patients with advanced cancer.

      PubDate: Fri, 9 Dec 2011 15:20:19 GMT
       
  • Volume 12 Issue 2 - End-of-life care
    • Abstract: Hyde, Susan
      PubDate: Fri, 9 Dec 2011 15:20:19 GMT
       
  • Volume 11 Issue 2 - Position Statement on the Minimum Safety Requirements
           for Nurses Involved in the Administration of Anti-cancer Drugs within the
           Oncology and Non-oncology Setting
    • Abstract:
      The key aims and objectives of the position statement of the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA) in conjunction with state-wide and local level policy to address the minimal safety requirements for any nurse administering anti-cancer drugs in any health care setting to ensure the safe delivery of care to cancer patients receiving anti-cancer drugs are discussed. The main recommendations of the CNSA regarding the same are highlighted.

      PubDate: Thu, 14 Apr 2011 09:51:02 GMT
       
  • Volume 11 Issue 2 - Position Statement on the Minimum Education
           Requirements for Nurses Involved in the Administration of Anti-cancer
           Drugs within the Oncology and Non-oncology Setting
    • Abstract:
      The key aims and objectives of the position statement of the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA) to address the minimal educations requirements for any nurse administering anti-cancer drugs in any health care setting to ensure the safe delivery of care to cancer patients receiving anti-cancer drugs are discussed. The theoretical and clinical practice components that the education requirements should incorporate are highlighted.

      PubDate: Thu, 14 Apr 2011 09:51:02 GMT
       
  • Volume 11 Issue 2 - Transition from Paediatric Oncology to Adult
           Oncology-based Care
    • Abstract: Nicholson, Louise; Fitzgibbon, Alana
      An increasing number of survivors of paediatric cancers are now entering adulthood and awareness is increasing of the late effects associated with their cancer treatments. Data from international studies identify a number of potential late effects in this patient population that may become evident months to years after treatment. It is imperative that long-term, follow-up models of care are developed to encompass the current and future needs of survivors of paediatric cancers. Transition programmes designed to transfer the paediatric patient to adult-based care are still in their infancy, with several models of care tried and tested; some more successful than others. A review of the barriers and the benefits of long-term, follow-up programmes will be explored, along with the ongoing challenges for health care providers in providing a smooth transition of care.

      PubDate: Thu, 14 Apr 2011 09:51:02 GMT
       
  • Volume 11 Issue 2 - Children's Palliative Care in Africa
    • Abstract: Downing, Julia; Marston, Joan; Boucher, Sue
      Palliative care for children represents a special, albeit closely related, field to adult palliative care. However, whilst there are many children who require palliative care, in many areas of the world children's palliative care has a poor profile and is inaccessible to those who need it. Whilst the provision of high-quality palliative care for children is a global concern, it is a priority in Africa, where nearly half of all child deaths occur. There are many differences between children's and adult's palliative care; for example, patient-, family- and programme-related issues. The public health approach to palliative care is key to the development of children's palliative care services, along with the need to develop models that integrate services into already existing health structures. There has been great momentum in the development of children's palliative care in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and internationally over the past few years. Nurses have a pivotal role to play in the provision of children's palliative care; yet, despite the challenges, quality palliative care for children can, and should, be provided to all in need.

      PubDate: Thu, 14 Apr 2011 09:51:02 GMT
       
  • Volume 11 Issue 2 - Children, Cancer and the Provision of Appropriate Care
    • Abstract: Lancaster, Letitia
      PubDate: Thu, 14 Apr 2011 09:51:02 GMT
       
  • Volume 11 Issue 1 - Fertility Preservation in Gynaecological Cancer
    • Abstract: Nattress, Kathryn
      Recent advances in the management of gynaecological cancer have resulted in women experiencing improved prognosis and survival rates. However, premenopausal women who have not completed childbearing face the prospect of impaired or loss of fertility. Improved surgical techniques and advances in assisted reproductive technology have made it possible for some women to achieve a successful pregnancy. To ensure fertility concerns in women with gynaecological cancer are addressed, oncology nurses require an understanding of the impact of treatment on fertility and an awareness of available fertility-preservation methods.

      PubDate: Thu, 14 Apr 2011 09:50:22 GMT
       
  • Volume 11 Issue 1 - Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy in the Treatment of
           Ovarian Cancer: Background and Nursing Management
    • Abstract: Ryan, Mary; Duggan, Jennifer
      Delivery of chemotherapy into the peritoneal cavity is not a new technique. Originally used in the 1950s as a palliative measure to slow down the re-accumulation of ascites, intraperitoneal (IP) chemotherapy was recognised as a treatment strategy as early as the 1970s. The use of IP chemotherapy in the treatment of women with ovarian cancer has been proven in randomised clinical trials to increase survival. However, despite these positive results, opinion regarding the use of IP chemotherapy is mixed as this mode of treatment delivery is more technical than intravenous (IV) delivery and puts the patient at risk of increased toxicity. Nurses require specialist education and accreditation prior to administering IP chemotherapy.

      PubDate: Thu, 14 Apr 2011 09:50:22 GMT
       
  • Volume 11 Issue 1 - Gynaecological Cancer in Australia
    • Abstract: Lancaster, Letitia
      Gynaecological cancer encompasses a range of disparate diseases and can affect women across the lifespan. In Australia they are collectively the fourth most common cancer in women and the fifth most common cause of cancer deaths in women. However, incidence and mortality rates differ significantly between the individual cancers. In addition, there are variations in incidence and mortality rates for some women according to their place of residence.

      PubDate: Thu, 14 Apr 2011 09:50:22 GMT
       
  • Volume 11 Issue 1 - Women with Gynaecological Cancers - a Progress Report.
           There Is More for Nurses to Do ...
    • Abstract: Prest, Gabrielle
      PubDate: Thu, 14 Apr 2011 09:50:22 GMT
       
 
 
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