July 2023 Vol 14, No 7
Cancer-related financial hardship is linked to poor health outcomes and early mortality. Oncology financial advocacy (OFA) aims to prevent cancer-related financial hardship in oncology settings by assessing patients’ needs and connecting them to available financial resources. Despite promising evidence, OFA remains underutilized.
An adolescent female diagnosed with lymphoma was sent from an affiliate clinic to the main hospital for clinical trial enrollment. After enrollment and her initial treatment, the patient was transitioned back to the affiliate clinic to allow for care closer to home and her support systems.
Working as an oncology nurse navigator (ONN) during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a stressful and challenging experience for many reasons. ONNs play a vital role in promoting health and preventing upward trends of the disease by providing education to our patients and their family members. As a bilingual ONN at the Levine Cancer Institute and working very closely with our Spanish-speaking cancer patients, I have heard their most common misconceptions and fears about the COVID-19 vaccine. It is well known that health disparities are higher in vulnerable communities, and that the COVID-19 pandemic has made this even worse.
To better assist their oncology patients with getting into clinical trials, providers at the University of Florida (UF) Health Cancer Center recently decided that they needed a new kind of navigator: an oncology clinical trial nurse navigator.
Cancer clinical trials offer patients an opportunity to be treated with the most cutting-edge and promising cancer therapies available, but the majority of patients who are offered these trials still are not signing up for them. This might frustrate those in the know, but many patients simply do not understand what these trials entail.
Publishing your navigation research may seem like a daunting task, but becoming familiar with the step-by-step process involved in getting published can make it a more manageable and realistic undertaking, according to Kristin Siyahian, VP, Editorial Director of JONS
Writing an abstract is not unlike creating art, according to Beth Matthews, MSN, RN, OCN, ONN-CG, Division Navigation Director at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute/North Carolina Division. With both art and abstracts, many people doubt their abilities, think they’re not good or creative enough, and in the end, don’t create anything at all.
The idea of a “moonshot” comes from a 1962 speech that John F. Kennedy gave in which he challenged the nation to work together and reach the Moon in less than 10 years, a goal that seemed impossible to the public.
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