Survivorship and Quality of Life
"Assessment of Neutropenia-Related Quality of Life in a Clinical Setting," available as a journal article and podcast, explores assessment strategies and recommendations for a questionnaire assessing patients’ neut
Quality of life (QOL) is a broad term that reflects a patient’s overall sense of well-being and satisfaction with living (Ropka & Padilla, 2007).
Older patients with cancer remain relatively underrepresented in clinical trials in general, let alone in trials examining exercise and its effects.
The first real research linking exercise to improved quality of life (QOL) and management of fatigue was done by Winningham, MacVicar, and Burke (1986) with a population of patients with breast cancer during a time in medical thinking when the typical recommendation for patients with cancer was increased rest.
A "Review of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practices Among Cancer Survivors," available as a journal article and podcast, discusses how nurses can play a critical role in the assessment and education of CAM use within su
Sleep-wake disturbances are frequently looked at as “symptom clusters”—groups of interrelated symptoms that can occur simultaneously and interact with each other to cause additional symptoms or worsen existing ones.
Sleep that is of good quality and in appropriate amounts is essential to good health and well-being. It therefore follows that insufficient or interrupted sleep may lead to negative effects on health.
Specific, well-designed goals of an exercise program should drive the interventions, because specific interventions will likely produce specific outcomes. The most common types of exercise are aerobic, strength training, and flexibility regimens.
Specific Effects of Aerobic Exercise Studies of aerobic exercise regimens ranging from supervised treadmill tests to stationary bike programs three times a week for 10–12 weeks showed that participants experienced (Visovsky & Dvorak, 2005)
Although more than one definition can be found, quality of life (QOL) is often defined as a state of well-being in which an individual can perform daily activities, combined with satisfaction with the levels of functioning and control of the disease and/or its symptoms (Hacker, 2009).
Side effects from cancer treatment can greatly affect the quality of life for many patients. Among the many troubling side effects, patients often describe loss of functional capacity and fatigue as some of the most debilitating (Hanna, Avila, Meteer, Nicholas, & Kaminsky, 2008).