August 2016 Vol 7, No 7

I hope this issue of the Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship (JONS) finds you well and enjoying all the summer has to offer.
In recent years, we have heard that cancer is becoming a chronic condition with patients benefiting from personalized treatment strategies, including biomarker identification and related targeted therapies and immunotherapies.
The authors present findings from their study on the potential of centralized virtual navigation for low-income populations to improve treatment completion.
A report on the important role of patient navigation in targeting those who are most at risk for delays in care, including racial and ethnic minorities and those from low-income populations.
Immunotherapy is changing the landscape of therapy for patients with cancer and is resulting in a new population of cancer survivors for whom survivorship issues will need to be evaluated and addressed.
Policy changes and healthcare payment reform are among the items that will affect the way that cancer patients access care in the near future, said Christin Engelhardt, BS, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS).
Oncology nurse navigators can improve outcomes, quality of care, and patient experience by recognizing and addressing the emotional toll that a cancer diagnosis can take on a patient, the family, and the social network.
Earlier palliative care for oncology patients with advanced cancer is the new frontier.
A nurse-led initiative to discharge patients before noon has paid off at the Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City, according to Kathleen Edmondson-Martin, MA, RN, OCN, Clinical Nurse Manager in the hospital’s bone marrow transplant unit.
An electronic “facility board” situated on a wall in the nurses’ station of a medical/surgical unit led to more clinical interventions for abnormal vital signs, a reduction in falls among high-risk patients, and more ordering of specialty beds, according to nurses from Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Eastern Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA.
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