March 2021 Vol 12, No 3

Everyone at the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) is committed to COVID-19 safety precautions to keep our staff, colleagues, collaborators, and members healthy.
The authors present their findings from a study of a nonclinical patient navigation program as a means to improve communication and foster a culture of understanding for patients and families transitioning between multiple healthcare facilities in a pediatric oncology network.
The authors present findings from their study of the use of the Teach Back method as an effective method in reinforcing or confirming patient education.
The COVID-19 pandemic changed everything, but for many patients with cancer, the fear of contracting the virus, as well as the toll of social isolation, were even more heightened than in the general public. According to Michele M. Hubert-Fiscus, MSN, RN, CCM, who spoke on COVID-19 and cancer at the AONN+ 11th Annual Navigation & Survivorship Conference, patients with cancer need their navigators to advocate for them, perhaps now more than ever.
When COVID-19 began spreading rapidly across the globe, cancer providers and patients had to rapidly acclimate to the idea and practice of telehealth. Waivers were issued and rules were changed to allow patients to continue receiving care without fear of exposure to the virus, and Zoom became a household name.
When a person has a malignancy, but it is unknown where that cancer originated, it is up to pathologists to connect the dots. Carcinomas or malignancies of unknown primary are rare, but when the pathology team cannot determine the primary site of malignancy with certainty, they can still employ methods to further refine the probable site of origin, according to Emma Elizabeth Furth, MD, who spoke at the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators 11th Annual Navigation & Survivorship Conference.
Navigating the myriad cancer-related legal issues confronting a patient after a cancer diagnosis can be enormously challenging, particularly when that person is in the throes of treatment. According to attorneys Joanna Fawzy Morales, CEO, and Monica Bryant, COO, of Triage Cancer, a clearinghouse for patients and caregivers covering practically every potential issue related to a patient’s legal rights, a general understanding and knowledge of where to seek answers should enable them to better navigate these difficult issues and relieve some of the burden on themselves and their families.
Perry County, AL, with a population of 9140, is not unlike many rural communities in the southern United States. But with a poor population and a severe lack of access to medical care, residents of the county face seemingly insurmountable hurdles to receiving healthcare, and this is particularly exacerbated for patients with cancer. However, according to Frances Ford, RN, who has served the community of Perry County for more than 20 years in her capacity as the Perry County health coordinator and executive director of Sowing Seeds of Hope, a local nonprofit, tackling these barriers to care can be done, but it takes education and screening, strong partnerships, and a lot of hard work.
The overall quality of oral cancer drug delivery was improved across the province of Ontario, according to the results of a 2-year quality improvement initiative presented by Katherine Enright, MD, MPH, at the 2020 ASCO Quality Care Symposium. According to Dr Enright and colleagues from Cancer Care Ontario, this model of quality improvement has the potential to be adopted across health systems, as it allows for shared learning and shared tools across multiple sites at the same time.

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