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Picture shows men sitting in a row of chairs receiving free blood tests to check their PSA (prostate specific antigen) levels to screen for prostate cancer. More than 2,000 men received the test in a weekend event run by a volunteer group in Reading.

Thousands queue for free prostate cancer check

More than 2,000 men had a free PSA test in an event run by volunteers

Picture shows celebrity hairdresser Trevor Sorbie styling a wig. People devastated by losing their hair due to chemotherapy are being helped by his charity, which trains hairdressers to customise their wigs.

Coping with chemo: charity customises wigs for patients dealing with hair loss

A charity trains hairdressers to style wigs for people who lose their hair in chemotherapy

Picture shows a young woman wearing a hijab looking worried. A study shows women from ethnic minority backgrounds living in England are more likely to be embarrassed to go to their GP with potential cancer symptoms than white women.

Ethnic minority women too shy to talk to GP about cancer

Women from ethnic minorities more likely than white women to not want to discuss symptoms

Illustration depicts tiny human figures on a giant-sized desk, representing cooperation on research tasks. A cancer charity is inviting nurses to a free day of learning about the latest research while networking with colleagues.

Clinical research nurses invited to day of learning and networking

Cancer charity hosts day of learning about research while networking with colleagues

woman stands by window reading her phone

Nurses boost health screening rates by using Facebook to promote prevention services

Practice staff are harnessing social media to widen uptake and reduce anxiety

RCNi Nurse Awards 2020 launches on 30 October, with entries invited in 11 categories

Could you be the RCN Nurse of the Year in the year of the nurse?

Entries open for the RCNi Nurse Awards 2020, your chance to promote your work and specialty

Evidence and Practice

Available chemotherapy treatment locations and subsequent uptake: a mixed methods study

Available chemotherapy treatment locations and subsequent uptake: a mixed methods study

How healthcare professionals currently offer alternative treatment locations to patients

Implementing hope-based interventions in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors

Implementing hope-based interventions in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors

How the concept of hope can benefit adolescent and young adult cancer survivors

Systemic anticancer therapy handling safety: healthcare workers’ awareness, knowledge, training and use of protection measures

Systemic anticancer therapy handling safety

Healthcare workers’ awareness, knowledge, training and use of protection measures

Hypercalcaemia of malignancy: causes and management

Hypercalcaemia of malignancy: causes and management

Unless treated promptly hypercalcaemia of malignancy can progress quickly

Use of glycated haemoglobin blood test (HbA1c) screening for health promotion in surgical gynaecology oncology patients

Use of HbA1c screening for health promotion in surgical gynaecology oncology patients

How one trust identified that patients might benefit from a glycated haemoglobin blood test

Feasibility of a referral pathway to community pharmacy for patients taking oral anticancer medication

A referral pathway to community pharmacy for patients on oral anticancer medication

This article looks at a study set out to establish the feasibility of a referral pathway

Features

Picture shows an older man checking the results of his PSA test online as part of the supported self-management programme. New care pathways are easing the strain on prostate cancer services and could be applicable to other types of cancer.

Prostate cancer: supported self-management programme gives patients more control

New care pathway could also ease strain on prostate cancer services

Picture of Suriya Kirkpatrick, a senior cancer research nurse and genomics practitioner. In this article she and two other clinical research nurses share their accounts of a shift, offering an insight into their daily work.

A day in the life of a clinical research nurse

The shared diaries offer a taste of nursing life and its high points and challenges

Talking helps nurses cope with trauma

Cancer nurses explain how they benefit from Schwartz rounds

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Nurse-led research into sarcoma may lead to earlier diagnosis

Study into this cancer has produced so much evidence it could lead to swifter diagnosis

Amy Dugdale

The Macmillan nurse who is extending lives with ovarian cancer screening

More women are getting access to vital medication thanks to a nurse-led testing service

Dave Wright

Providing a better experience for young people with cancer

Youth support coordinators help young people with cancer from diagnosis to post-treatment

Opinion

Abstract illustration depicts a female figure with a magnifying glass and test tubes. In this article three leading cancer experts explain why the role of the clinical research nurse is crucial.

Clinical research nurses are at the forefront of life-saving cancer work

Three leading cancer experts explain why the role of the clinical research nurse is crucial

I was diagnosed with depression caused by stress and compassion fatigue

Nurse Aly Foyle appeared to have it all, but then she started to fear going to work

Sinead Tinker, a character in Coronation Street, in hospital

Coronation Street cervical cancer story could increase take-up of screening services

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust worked with scriptwriters to produce a realistic storyline

Students

Don’t worry if you shed a tear

Looking after a patient nearing the end of life can be daunting, but one nursing student realised that through a caring approach he was able to make a difference

An insight into the hidden battles of patients with invisible illnesses

When nursing student Laurie Batchelor helped care for a patient in the community with cancer, she gained a greater understanding of the experiences of those living with invisible conditions

Singing

Student’s homemade songbook helped patients forget cancer symptoms

When nursing student Georgia Brain created a book of lyrics to help her patients remember the words of songs from their youth, she learned a valuable lesson about the importance of a patient-centred approach to care

Careers

NET Patient Foundation

NET nurses: supporting patients confused by their rare cancer diagnosis

‘Even healthcare professionals don’t know enough about neuroendocrine cancers’

Jane Pickard

Macmillan lead cancer nurse

Jane Pickard thrives on the chance to influence the future of cancer services

‘Never lose sight of the person within your patient’

Jane Billing, lead for a urology oncology nurse specialist service, talks about her job

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