April 2015 Vol 6, No 2

The following clinical trials are currently recruiting patients with cancer for inclusion in several investigations. Each trial description includes the NLM Identifier to use as reference with ClinicalTrials.gov.
According to a recent assessment of bowel dysfunction–related needs, the hardships for colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors continue long after leaving the operating room, and survivors desire more information and strategies to help cope with unexpected changes to their bowel patterns, researchers said at the 2015 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium held in San Francisco, CA.
We hear more and more from the growing body of scientific evidence demonstrating the importance of physical activity for cancer prevention, cancer survivorship, and optimal quality of life before, during, and after cancer treatment. Physical activity contributes to our health by helping to control our weight, maintaining healthy bones and muscles, and promoting our psychological well-being. Despite proven health benefits and broad awareness of the benefits of physical activity, the results of recent studies suggest that more than 50% of Americans do not engage in enough regular physical activity.
The Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship had the opportunity to speak with Sharon Gentry, RN, MSN, AOCN, CBCN, at the fifth annual Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) Conference. A breast health nurse navigator with Novant Health: Derrick L. Davis Cancer Center in Winston-Salem, NC, Ms Gentry is a member of AONN+ as well as its Quality, Outcomes, and Performance Improvement Committee.
The Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship had the opportunity to speak with Virginia Vaitones, MSW, OSW-C, at the fifth annual Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) conference. Ms Vaitones is an oncology social worker at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, ME, and represents the Association of Oncology Social Work at the Commission on Cancer (CoC). She is also on the CoC Executive Committee, and was involved in writing and updating the CoC’s Cancer Program Standards 2012: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care. Ms Vaitones served as a faculty presenter at the 2014 AONN+ conference.
Standardizing oncology patient navigator role clarification can help nurses and social workers operate at the top of their license while protecting patient navigators and institutions from liability issues.
The house was dark and silent in the early morning hours of that mid-October day in 1978. Just 6 weeks into the University of South Florida (USF) nursing program, today was the day—my very first clinical rotation. At last, I would be taking care of patients, albeit under the watchful eye of my clinical instructor, which felt a little intimidating and yet was also a comfort, all at the same time.
Happy spring! I hope that everyone is thawing out from a long, cold winter and is ready to enjoy spring. Get outside and reenergize yourselves! This issue of the Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship is filled with information that I guarantee you will value and use.
Patient navigation as a care coordination model continues to evolve. With no standard credentials, titles, training, or job descriptions, navigation programs are as varied as the people who perform this role. Nevertheless, the nurse navigator provides a holistic approach to care delivery and focuses on care coordination, education, and physical, social, and emotional aspects of care.

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