Patient Education

This extensive drug table describes the drug and food interactions associated with many oral therapies for cancer.
C.D. is a 71‐year‐old man who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma six weeks ago. At the time of diagnosis, several comorbidities were noted: Hypertension Type 2 diabetes Congestive heart failure. All were well‐controlled on medication, and C.D. was actively followed by his internist. During his review of systems and examination, C.D. was found to have grade 2 peripheral sensory neuropathy (PSN) secondary to diabetes.
A.B. is a 61‐year‐old woman with metastatic HER2‐positive breast cancer. She is a self-employed consultant and travels extensively in the United States and internationally to work with her diverse clients. She is divorced and has three adult married children. She is active, in good health, and has no comorbid conditions. A.B. was treated with adriamycin plus cyclophosphamide (AC) followed by paclitaxel plus trastuzumab in the adjuvant setting. Two years later, she recurred with symptomatic disease (pain) in the liver.
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Oral formulations of chemotherapy and hormonal therapies have been used for decades and include many familiar agents, such as cyclophosphamide, melphalan, and tamoxifen. Cancer treatment has experienced a rapid increase in oral oncolytics, including cytotoxic agents, small-molecule inhibitors, and agents targeted at receptors that regulate cellular differentiation, growth, and survival. The expansion of oral oncolytics is projected to continue, as an estimated 25% of anticancer agents in the research pipeline are designated for oral administration (Michaud & Choi, 2008).
When diagnosed with cancer, many patients quickly discover a difficult challenge: how to tell their young children about their disease. Once Upon a Hopeful Night is an excellent tool for helping patients communicate with children about their disease.
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When a father has been diagnosed with cancer, the entire family can be traumatized.
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Coping With Cancer: A Patient Pocket Book of Thoughts, Advice, and Inspiration for the Ill will empower your patients with the knowledge, wisdom, and good judgment they need when facing illness. As your patients deal with upcoming treatment, physical struggles, physical pain, and an uncertain future, this book will help them manage their private thoughts and personal emotions.
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Maintaining a healthy diet can be a challenge for people with cancer. Loss of appetite, alterations in taste and smell, and fatigue can all interfere with your patients’ ability to get the important nutrients they need to stay strong.
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Radiation Therapy Patient Care Record: A Tool for Documenting Nursing Care, a folder with inserts, provides a model documentation instrument for nurses to monitor radiation-induced side effects, management of these side effects, and patient education. It includes master forms as hard copies that can be duplicated for institutional use and as electronic copies for easy printing from your computer.
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