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Our clinical nursing articles aim to inform and educate nurse practitioners and students. This is achieved through the publication of peer-reviewed, evidence-based, relevant and topical articles.

Experiences of healthcare professionals in cancer assessment and treatment for people with learning disabilities: a literature review

Experiences of healthcare professionals in cancer assessment and treatment for people...

Why you should read this article • To be aware of the negative effect of staff attitudes and values on the delivery of cancer care to people with learning disabilities • To identify the need for improved training and education to enable staff to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities in accessing cancer assessment and treatment • To recognise the importance of assessing capacity and seeking informed consent in cancer care for people with learning disabilities Cancer is a leading underlying cause of death among people with learning disabilities, who are less likely to receive screening tests for the disease than those without learning disabilities. This article details a literature review that was undertaken to explore the experiences of general healthcare professionals in cancer assessment and treatment for people with learning disabilities. Two broad themes were identified: capacity and consent; and workforce and systemic factors. Issues were identified in relation to staff attitudes and values, resilience, training and education, ineffective systems for tracking populations who may require additional support, and improper application of capacity and consent legislation. Further research is required to develop and enhance services and staff experiences, to improve cancer outcomes for this patient population.

Mesothelioma: exploring gender differences in time to diagnosis, seeking legal advice and occupational risk

Mesothelioma: exploring gender differences in diagnosis, legal advice and risk

Emphasis on risk of exposure to asbestos in high-risk jobs may have obscured others at risk

Exploring the effectiveness of digital technology to support patients with adrenal incidentaloma: a literature review

Exploring the effectiveness of digital technology to support patients with adrenal...

Why you should read this article: • To enhance your knowledge of adrenal incidentaloma and the issues that patients with this condition may experience • To understand how digital technology could be used to support patients newly diagnosed with long-term conditions • To identify how online and web-based information and support programmes could be adapted to support patients with adrenal incidentaloma An adrenal incidentaloma is a mass discovered on the adrenal glands when patients have an investigative scan for an unrelated reason, and is considered a long-term condition. Online resources for people with other long-term conditions can provide information and advice on self-management, which can reduce their stress and anxiety. This article reports findings of a literature review on the effectiveness of using digital technology and digital communication methods to support patients newly diagnosed with a long-term condition. No evidence was found on this topic in relation to adrenal incidentaloma, so the literature on other long-term conditions – specifically cancer, diabetes mellitus and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) – was reviewed. The article suggests that, despite the limited data on digital technology to support newly diagnosed patients with adrenal incidentaloma, online and web-based information and support programmes are used successfully for patients with other long-term conditions. Therefore, these programmes could be adapted or developed for this patient group.

Exploring the social and cultural patterns of male grief and their associated health effects

Exploring the social and cultural patterns of male grief and associated health effects

The role of society and culture in influencing what is seen as a Western male grief response

Evaluating a digital self-management tool for people living with multiple myeloma

Evaluating a digital self-management tool for people living with multiple myeloma

Findings from a study of a digital tool to support people with multiple myeloma

Exploring relationships in the search for meaning in people living with cancer: part 2

Second of two articles describing the personal story of cancer

Enhanced recovery after surgery in patients with colorectal cancer: a non-systematic summary of the evidence

Enhanced recovery after surgery in patients with colorectal cancer: a non-systematic...

Literature review on enhanced recovery in patients undergoing colorectal surgery

Black African and black Caribbean men’s understanding and experiences of prostate cancer post-treatment in England: a qualitative study

Black African and black Caribbean men’s understanding of prostate cancer post-treatment

Qualitative research into prostate cancer among black men in England

Exploring important relationships in the search for meaning in people living with cancer: part 1

Exploring important relationships in the search for meaning in people living with...

First of two articles on the personal experience of cancer, this explores relationships

Assessing and managing chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy

Assessing and managing chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy

CIPN is a common side effect of certain cytotoxic regimens characterised by sensory symptoms

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Using patient and public involvement to improve the clinical pathway for participants in clinical trials

Patient and public involvement on the clinical pathway for clinical trial participants

A service evaluation into the effect PPI can have on a patient pathway

Offering breast cancer patients a choice of device for administration of chemotherapy: a service improvement project

Offering breast cancer patients a choice of device for administration of chemotherapy

A service improvement project offered patients a choice early on in their treatment

Using targeted education to improve acute hospital nurses’ knowledge and attitudes...

An evaluation project on the assessment and management of pain in acute hospitals

Role of the body in cancer, sense-making and the search for meaning

Nursing care requires nurses to work intimately and closely with the bodies of others

Managing diarrhoea in patients with prostate cancer who undergo pelvic radiotherapy

This article describes the assessment and initial and long-term management of diarrhoea

Exploring patients’ lived experiences and perceptions of chemotherapy

Why you should read this article • To gain an in-depth understanding of patients’ lived...

Understanding the demand and unmet need for psychological cancer care in the community

Psychological care for people with cancer and their carers is not meeting demand

Cannabinoids for the treatment of cancer-related pain: a systematic review

A review of evidence around potential medicinal use in treating cancer-related pain

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