Evidence and Practice

Clinical

Understanding the routes to diagnosis for colorectal cancer in New Zealand: a protocol paper

Understanding the routes to diagnosis for colorectal cancer in New Zealand

Protocol paper on designing a research study aimed at understanding the routes to diagnosis

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with mesothelioma and their carers

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with mesothelioma and their carers

This service evaluation focuses on the effects of the pandemic on patients and their carers

Barriers to the delivery and uptake of psychosocial care in adult cancer services: a literature review

Barriers to the delivery and uptake of psychosocial care in adult cancer services

A critical evaluation of the literature using a qualitative research design

Cancer patient

Caring for someone with cancer and severe mental illness

Cancer care for people with mental illness should be shared with mental health services

Providing cancer treatment and care to people living with cancer and dementia: challenges and research-based recommendations

Providing cancer treatment and care to people living with cancer and dementia

Dementia complicates cancer treatment and care and there can be many challenges

Reducing the risk of medication errors in cancer settings

Reducing the risk of medication errors in cancer settings

Steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of medication errors

CPD articles

Protecting nurses against the risks of occupational exposure to systemic anticancer...

A reflection on health risks associated with handling systemic anticancer therapy agents

Abemaciclib▼ for the treatment of hormone receptor-positive (HR+), human epidermal...

Use of CDK4 and CDK6 inhibitors in patients with breast cancer

Oral care of patients in the cancer setting

Oral care of patients in the cancer setting

Oral complications can cause distress, long-term complications and increased morbidity

A nurse-led review of patient experience for development of quality services

A nurse-led review of patient experience for development of quality services

A systematic approach for nurses at any level or experience to engage with service evaluation

Enhancing well-being and building resilience in people living with cancer part 2: a central role for nurses

Enhancing well-being and building resilience in people living with cancer part 2: a...

Receiving a new diagnosis of cancer or of its recurrence is distressing and there are increasing numbers of people living with the disease, some taking continuous treatment, as well as others who have been cured. Living with cancer and the possibility of recurrence requires psychological strength to deal with the treatment, effects of the illness and uncertainty about the future. The attributes of self-efficacy and psychological well-being can reduce the effects of chronic stress. Excellent symptom control is essential and fatigue, the most prevalent and often most distressing symptom for those with cancer, requires targeted support. Well-being and psychological resilience may be improved by specific actions and psychological approaches, some of which are encompassed by Foresight Mental Capital and Well-being Project’s (2008) five ways to well-being framework, which can be used to deliver personalised care. This is the second of a two-part article that reviews interventions promoting well-being and resilience in patients living with cancer. It describes the framework and suggests practical ways in which clinicians can integrate it and other interventions into clinical practice. It also offers time out exercises and a multiple choice quiz to aid readers’ learning and test their knowledge.

Developing best practice cancer treatment summary templates

Developing best practice cancer treatment summary templates

There is increasing recognition of the importance of making the Recovery Package available to more people affected by cancer. The cancer treatment summary is one of the core components of the Recovery Package and aims to improve communication between secondary and primary care, and help patients manage their care following treatment. The Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon and Gloucestershire Cancer Alliance is developing a suite of best practice treatment summary templates for each cancer site to improve the quality of the information in the documents, and to support cancer teams to begin the process of introducing them to practice.

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