August 2018 Vol 9, No 8

This article will highlight the Best Practices in Multiple Myeloma presented at the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) conference in May 2018.
Although the field of immunotherapy continues to evolve and has led to unprecedented survival in many patients, the effects of these treatments on quality of life are still largely understudied, according to Morganna Freeman, DO, from City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, CA.
Some days it's hard to laugh and easy to cry, especially when confronted with the harsh reality of cancer. But according to Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, ONN-CG, Director of Cancer Survivorship Programs at Johns Hopkins, finding humor in the day-to-day can actually boost the immune system and improve the overall health of patients with cancer.
The nurse navigator, the oncology social worker, the financial navigator, and the lay navigator all provide critical guidance to patients throughout the cancer continuum, but effective communication between departments, well-defined pathways, and role delineation are crucial to prevent the duplication of services and wasted time.
Precision medicine is now a mainstay in cancer care, bringing to light the importance of genomic literacy among providers, according to Kate Reed, MPH, ScM, from The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, ME.
The role of the oncology nurse navigator in women's health is "education, education, and more education," according to Kristina Rua, BSN, RN, Gynecology Oncology Nurse Navigator at Baptist Health South Florida in Miami.
Patient navigators are increasingly recognized for their critical role in helping patients make their way through complex healthcare systems, all the way from screening to treatment adherence. Clinical trials are a vital part of high-quality cancer care, and navigators have become invaluable in facilitating patient awareness and access to trials, while also normalizing the clinical trial process and dispelling myths.
The majority of patients with cancer will undergo surgery at some point during their treatment. Cancer surgery comes with a host of side effects, but integrative medicine, which combines conventional with complementary and alternative medicines, works to facilitate the body's innate healing response. It can minimize the side effects of anesthesia and surgery; enhance perioperative safety, comfort, and recovery; and give patients an improved sense of well-being during a particularly vulnerable time, according to Rosanne Sheinberg, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.
The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) 35 Evidence-Based Standardized Navigation Metrics debuted in 2017 and have since helped navigators across the country to finally validate their programs through the use of hard data.
The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) is pleased to join the Cancer Leadership Council (CLC), one of the nation's leading oncology policy and advocacy coalitions.
Poor implementation of survivorship care plans (SCPs) ultimately limits the ability to determine whether they work, according to Sarah A. Birken, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
An educational survivorship workshop increased knowledge and confidence levels and demonstrated educational merit in a group of primary care providers (PCPs), according to research presented by Genevieve Chaput, MD, at the ASCO Cancer Survivorship Symposium.
The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) is hosting its Annual Conference in Dallas, TX, November 15-18 at the Hilton Anatole. In keeping with the popular slogan—Everything's Bigger in Texas—the Ninth Annual Navigation & Survivorship Conference is going to be huge! More than 1000 nurse and patient navigators are anticipated to come to Dallas and discuss their role in the perpetually evolving oncology care landscape.
At Fox Chase, nurse navigators are clinically trained specialists who provide support to patients even before their first appointment. Their goal? To connect patients to the appropriate cancer care team, expedite care when possible, answer clinical questions about a patient's diagnosis leading up to their first appointment, discuss treatment options, and coordinate medical administrative tasks to facilitate a smooth transition into treatment at Fox Chase.
Impactful research can be conducted by everyone, and the AQUIRE (Assistance for Quality Improvement and Research) Committee is here to help. The mission of AQUIRE is to provide mentorship support to members of the Academy of Oncology & Patient Navigators (AONN+) in areas of quality, process improvements, metrics, and reporting. We want everyone to feel empowered and equipped to take on important projects in their work settings and believe that learning to create successful projects is an integral part of professional development.

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