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Picture shows ward manager Donna St John (left) and staff nurse Pip Page-Davies (right) with Hazel Carter, a patient who uses one of the drainage bag covers made by Ms Page-Davies and other nurses.

Creative thinking by cancer nurses gives patients a confidence boost

Drainage bag covers help maintain patient dignity

Mesothelioma nurse special Helen Wilkes with a patient, John Myers

Work of mesothelioma specialist nurse attracts boost in funding

Asbestos disease charities fund role designed to support military veterans

Obesity causes cancer campaign poster

Outgoing chief medical officer defends awareness campaign linking obesity to cancer

Cancer Research UK draws a parallel between smoking and obesity

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Nurses trained to tattoo nipples to boost body confidence after breast cancer surgery

Bradford staff say it makes patients ‘feel complete’

Picture shows a doctor examining the skin of a woman in her twenties. Melanoma rates for people aged 25-49 have risen 70% since the 1990s, but many cases could be prevented by using sunscreen.

Soar in skin cancer rates as it affects more younger people

Melanoma rates soar and it is affecting more people aged 25-49, Cancer Research UK says

Hand holds phone showing video of singing nurse Beth Porch at Great Ormond Street Hospital

Singing children’s nurse moves viewers to tears in Great Ormond Street video

Patient's mother praises nurse Beth Porch as hundreds respond to moving clip on Twitter

Analysis

Picture of a boy ringing a bell to mark the end of his cancer treatment. Such ringing of bells is becoming more common in the NHS, though some patients object to it.

End of treatment bells in cancer wards: sound of hope or upsetting jangle?

Ringing an end of treatment bell is spreading in the NHS, but not everyone welcomes it

Liam Barnes and Jenifer Hawkins

In Laura’s name: the charity that aims to prevent suicide among nurses

The Laura Hyde Foundation campaigns for better mental health support for healthcare staff

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NHS must persuade nurses to return to practice – and get better at keeping staff too

Strategies to lure lapsed registrants back need to be matched by changes in the workplace

Active Surveillance

New guidance on active surveillance for men with low-risk cancer

NICE states that men opting for less radical treatment need information and support

Nurse at the patient's bedside

End of life care: what thousands of nurses told our annual survey

The pressures of short-staffing and how some staff spend breaks sitting with dying patients

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RCN congress 2019: your quick guide to what’s on the agenda

Nurses’ pay, staffing levels, clinical issues and bullying to be discussed

Clinical update

Picture shows olaparib capsules. Olaparib inhibits enzymes that repair DNA in cancer cells.

Ovarian cancer: Olaparib’s approval as first-line treatment

Olaparib can be a first-line treatment for ovarian cancer rather than after chemotherapy

ONCOassist app

ONCOassist app: what nurses need to know

According to a study this app increases efficiency and improves patient experience

PD-L1

Durvalumab: NICE recommends new lung cancer treatment

New drug is 'biggest advance' seen for some time in treating certain lung cancers

Biosimilars

Biosimilars: a snapshot of latest developments

Biosimilars are biological drugs that reproduce the effects of more expensive drugs

lung cancer

Combination therapy for untreated, metastatic, non-squamous non-small-cell lung cancer

NICE recommends use of pembrolizumab with pemetrexed and platinum chemotherapy

Alternative therapy to be offered for people with large-cell lymphoma

NICE offers alternative therapy for those diagnosed with lymphoma

Policy briefing

Nurses meeting to discuss and reflect following a difficult situation

Helping nurses to ‘defuse’ after difficult situations

The RCN has issued guidance on how to discuss and reflect on challenging incidents at work

Glove awareness week

Correct use of gloves and how to protect your skin

RCN Glove Awareness week stresses correct use of gloves and how nurses can protect their skin

Marie Curie Legacy Campaign on the benefits of radiotherapy

The treatment is being undervalued in cancer care, experts say

Safeguarding framework will help nurses protect their patients

RCN sets out competencies for healthcare staff in relation to adult safeguarding

Secondary breast cancer

Secondary breast cancer: charity’s study reveals inadequate levels of care and support

Breast Cancer Care urges Health Education England to fund continuing professional...

Support for men with cancer to keep working

A new guide, Working with Cancer, aims to support men to continue working after a diagnosis...

Research news

Picture shows a patient receiving a bone marrow autotransplant, in which high doses of chemotherapy or radiation therapy are followed by infusion of the patient’s own stem cells.

Readmission risks after stem cell transplants

Infections and gastrointestinal symptoms most common reasons for readmission

Picture shows artwork depicting the enzyme human ARTD2 (pink) complexed with Olaparib cancer drug (green).

Ovarian cancer risk linked to missing bacteria

Lower levels of a protective bacteria put women at greater risk of developing ovarian cancer

Picture shows an older woman having a mammography scan. Alcohol use is estimated to be responsible for 5% to 11% of breast cancer cases and current evidence suggests that it is a risk factor for all age groups.

Women mostly unaware of alcohol risk for breast cancer

Need for culture change so risk posed by alcohol for breast cancer is accepted

End_of_Life

Identifying existential distress in people at the end of life

Some people nearing the end of life are more prone to feelings of distress than others

Sexuality after haematopoietic stem cell transplantation

Study shows patients struggle with effects on sexuality of HSCT treatment

Smokers fail to quit after cancer diagnosis

Smokers did not quit after cancer diagnosis due to initial treatment failure and cost worries

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Haematologic neoplasm in survivors of breast cancer

Incidence of myeloid leukaemia and myelodysplasia higher in women treated for breast cancer

Cancer diagnosis

Cancer diagnosis increases the risk of suicide

Researchers find suicide risk is highest in the first six months of a cancer diagnosis

Intensive care

Predictors of location of death for children receiving palliative care 

More than one third of all children with cancer in the US die in an institutional setting

US study looks at outpatient palliative care referral patterns in oncologists

Understanding outpatient palliative care referrals among thoracic medical oncologists

Prognosis communication for people with head and neck cancer

Analysis of succesfully communicating prognosis for people with head and neck cancer

Optimising bed rest period to reduce lumbar punctures after chemotherapy

Randomised controlled trial of bed rest optimisation to reduce obstacles in chemotherapies

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