We are excited to share with you a new feature of our CANCER NURSING blog! For each new issue, we will now add comments to our blog from each author published in that issue. These comments will be focused on what their published work really contributes to oncology.
Below are comments from two authors published in our current issue, 37:2 (March/April), regarding their work:
Identification of Need for an Evidence-Based Nurse-Led Assessment and Management Protocol for Radiation Dermatitis
by Oddie, Kay RN, AND, OCN; Pinto, Margaret MA, BSN, RN; Jollie, Shelley BSN, RN, CORLN; Blasiak, Elizabeth MSN, RN, OCN; Ercolano, Elizabeth DNSc, OCN; McCorkle, Ruth PhD, FAAN
Dr. McCorkle writes:
Our first choice was to publish this article in CANCER NURSING because of its global circulation. Not all countries have the capabilities to provide comprehensive cancer therapies; however, radiation therapy remains a standard treatment for most. As a result, we want to stress the importance of the nurses’ role in assessing patients’ skin before, during, and after treatment. Helping to maintain the skin’s integrity to limit infection and maximize patient’s comfort will help patients complete their treatment and give them the best chance at eliminating or controlling their cancer.
Existential Anxiety and Growth: An Exploration of Computerized Drawings and Perspectives of Children and Adolescents With Cancer
by Woodgate, Roberta L. PhD; West, Christina H. PhD; Tailor, Ketan Med
Dr. Woodgate writes:
This innovative work is important as it provides evidence that the active engagement of children’s imaginations through the use of a computer-drawing tool may have significant therapeutic value for assisting children with cancer to explore, understand, and manage their physical suffering, as well as the associated anxiety they live with. This work also highlights the importance of nurses engaging in therapeutic conversations with children, as well as the entire family.
Heterogeneous Demographic and Cultural Profiles of Chinese American Patients Nonadherent to Colorectal Cancer Screening: A Latent Class Analysis
by Strong, Carol PhD; Ji, Cheng Shuang PhD; Liang, Wenchi PhD; Ma, Grace PhD; Brown, Roger PhD; Wang, Judy Huei-yu PhD
Dr. Wang writes:
Our empirical findings unveil the fact that many Asian immigrants who have dwelled in the US for over 20 years still face significant challenges in utilizing recommended colorectal cancer screening services. The underutilization results from compounding factors that include individuals’ cultural beliefs, knowledge, linguistic capacity, and social resources (e.g., exposure to healthcare information). The length of US residency is not necessary to induce conceptual and behavioral assimilation into mainstream healthcare. Research on effective health communication with Asian immigrants through community and clinical settings is essential.
Enjoy this current issue of CANCER NURSING!