WASHINGTON, DC—Oncology nurses should consider using active leptospermum honey (ALH) in treating patients with cancer with clinically complex or chronic wounds. That's the conclusion of research presented at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 38th Annual Congress.
“All wounds exhibited signs of decreased inflammatory response, increase in healthy tissue, or wound closure,” reported Patrice Dillow, RN, WOCN, MSN, APRN, of Cancer Treatment Centers of America,Zion, IL. “Promotion of normal wound healing progression and pain control are key issues for oncology nurses.”
When Julie Christensen, BSN, RN, reported for work during Nurses Week, 200 pairs of eyes were on her as a family's letters were read, detailing why they nominated her for the DAISY award.
In their nomination letters, the family of Jaime Salazar, 34, described the close relationship they formed with Christensen as Salazar worked through 2 years of chemotherapy for his appendix cancer and underwent hypothermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). CTCA is the one of only two Chicago area hospitals that performs HIPEC, which involves bathing the abdominal cavity with heated chemotherapy to attack any remaining cancer cells. Only an estimated 1,500 procedures are performed annually across the U.S.
A consummate nurse, Patrice Dillow, MSN, RN, CWOCN, refuses to take credit for Cancer Treatment Centers of America's (CTCA's) near elimination of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, but her drive to educate colleagues about the latest evidence-based practices was a huge contributor.
Cancer. Just hearing that word can be very scary, and living with the illness can be life changing. Whether it’s someone that has battled cancer for years or has just received a diagnosis, sometimes one of the most powerful tools to help with the pain and stress that come with such an illness is to laugh and maintain a sense of humor.
The simple act of laughter can make the unbearable more bearable. Through Laughter Club, at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Illinois, patients and caregivers find a welcome relief from the daily reality of cancer. While it may be challenging to find humor while experiencing feelings of worry or sadness, making time to laugh may be surprisingly helpful.
Darrell Oswald, of Wooster, took part in a tree planting ceremony last month at Cancer Treatment Centers of America's Midwestern Regional Medical Center. The annual Celebrate Life event is a way to commemorate patients of CTCA who have hit the five-year milestone in their survivorship.
The motto at Cancer Treatment Centers of America is to treat each patient like your mother. Buffalo Grove resident Camille Bejar takes that literally.
Dr. Patricia Thompson, MD, discusses risk factors, symptoms, and options of lung cancer. While the number one cause is smoking, there are several other risk factors to which people may be exposed.
When people talk about cancer, they often don't mention the pain associated with it. Medical director of pain management, Dr. Raed Rahman, discusses vital life signs and the importance of pain management during cancer care.
More than 241,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year. Dr. Evan Pisick, medical oncologist, discusses the risk factors and symptoms of this type of cancer along with the several options to fight it.
Neurosurgeon, Juan Alzate, MD, discusses minimally invasive techniques to remove brain tumors. With this technique, healthy brain fibers are not injured and quality of life is improved.