Victoria Sinibaldi, RN,MS,, CRNP-BC, and Lixin Song, PhD(c) presented the most recent advances in the treatment of men with prostate cancer, providing insight into the multiple options available, even when cure is not an option.
I am taking away the notion of hope for those who face this disease, and how much has changed in terms of options for future generations. Yet I also take away how much more we need to know, how much more we’ve yet to understand. Hopeful.
Victoria began with an overview of prostate cancer as a disease with risk factors, symptoms and an overview on diagnosis and screening issues. She shared issues currently being discussed by experts in the field related to the possible overuse of PSA screening with the rationale for these concerns. This included false positives and negatives, as well as the variability in this disease trajectory once diagnosed. Ms. Sinibaldi reviewed the various organizations in the U.S. and their conflicting recommendations.
The challenges for practices is trying to make sure that evidence is being used in making screening decisions.
Treatment regimens for metastatic prostate cancer were discussed. She started with hormonal therapy and the associated side effects. It is important (more…)
She clearly demonstrated how important our mentors and mentees and collaborators are to all of us as we all work to improve the care of people with cancer and their caregivers.
Thank you Laurel for an excellent presentation and for your excellent, important work!
This morning Geri LoBiondo‐Wood, PhD, RN, FAAN, presented the 2013 ONS Research Priorities survey. The survey results are used to help ONS develop Strategic Objectives and Research Agenda, so the survey happens every four (4) years. Invitations and reminders to complete the survey came through email to ONS members. All doctorally prepared members were asked to participate and the rest of the membership was used to target a 23% membership sample size. The response rate was 11.8% and about half of responders were BSN-prepared nurses, while the other half was comprised of nurses with various education preparations from associate to doctoral degrees.
The top two problems identified in the survey are self-management (which may include adherence) and neuropathy/neurological effects of treatment. Other difficult to manage issues are fatigue, (more…)
The ONS Research Priority Agenda is a survey of great importance not only for ONS and nurse scientists, but for all oncology nurses and those they care for. The survey response rates are consistent with past surveys but could use a boost in future surveys.
Neuropathy was 7th in 2008 and now it’s moved up to 2nd as a priority for survey respondents. As expected, survivorship priorities rank very high as a research priority.
Self management is a high priority.
Incredible discussion from attendees, thought-provoking ideas and other things to consider…
What are the next steps for addressing the topics identified? How do we move the agenda forward? Broad approach or targeted approach? What are (more…)
I am sitting in a fabulous session that is addressing the issues of the patient-caregiver dyad. The slides are just beautiful – in that the trees remind me of fall I miss living in Texas – and the information provides resources to optimize care. (and the standing ovation at the end reflects my appreciation of this wonderful presentation).
The focus of this blog is that this topic + the others of this conferences reallydo blend together to support the practioner to provide and optimize care of the individual with cancer.
Some of the sessions I have attended may seem to be independent from others – but they are not. So this is just an encouragement to look for the connections between the topics – and perhaps find (more…)