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The function of the “Author on Call” blog is to allow our readers and authors to interact with each other in a unique way. A few select authors will be chosen to share on the blog aspects of their papers that were especially meaningful to them personally or points that may not have made it into their published report. Readers will then have the opportunity to provide comments and questions, to which the authors will respond.

At times, as seen in our first entry, we will also post separate entries to the blog on various special topics that we feel would be informational or that we welcome your feedback on.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

A collection of thoughts

We hope that you find the following personal insights valuable as you review these topics from our most recent issues of CANCER NURSING! 



Here are thoughts from an author published in our 38:3 (May/June) issue regarding the article...


Patients' Experiences of Performing Self-care of Stomas in the Initial Postoperative Period


by Lim, Siew Hoon PhD(c), BSc (Nurs)(Honours), RN; Chan, Sally Wai Chi PhD, RN; He, Hong-Gu PhD, MD, RN


Dr. Lim explains:


Stoma care continues to be challenging in current clinical settings. It is known that patients with stoma need to make major physical, psychological and social adaptations post-operatively. Studies have shown that quality of life in most patients has been found to decline in the first month after stoma surgery and only starts to improve from six months onwards. It is thus essential for health care professionals to understand patients’ experiences of performing self-care, especially during the initial post-operative period.



Below are thoughts from authors published in our 38:4 (July/Aug) issue regarding their articles...


Protocol Paper: A Randomized Trial of Two Creams in the Skin Care of Patients Receiving Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer in the Tropics


by Heyer, Elizabeth BNSc; Smyth, Wendy PhD; Laffin, Nadine BNSc; Gardner, Anne PhD


Dr. Smyth writes:


This research has provided our future patients with real choices about skin care products to use in a tropical climate, while confirming that a readily available, inexpensive cream is suitable for use. The extent of moist desquamation in our setting, and factors that may increase an individual patient’s likelihood of developing radiation-induced skin reactions, are now known. Clinical nursing practices in the unit have improved as a result of nurses’ active participation in the research process.


Exploring the Cancer Experiences of Young Adults in the Context of Stem Cell Transplantation


by Brassil, Kelly J. PhD, RN; Engebretson, Joan C. DrPh, RN; Armstrong, Terri S. PhD, RN, FAANP, FAAN; Segovia, Julie H. DNP, RN; Worth, Laura L. PhD, MD; Summers, Barbara L. PhD, RN, FAAN


Dr. Brassil writes:


Findings from this qualitative study highlight the relational and psychosocial impact of cancer on young adults during stem cell transplant.  Relational magnetism, in which participants felt both drawn to and driven from different relationships, was present in the context of their cancer experience.  This signifies an opportunity to develop interventions promoting relational connection between young adults and their families, peers and significant others during cancer treatment with consideration for their unique phase of psychosocial development.


Below are thoughts from authors published in our 38:5 (Sept/Oct) issue regarding their articles...


Exercise: A Path to Wellness During Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer?


by Husebø, Anne Marie L. MSc, RN; Allan, Helen PhD; Karlsen, Bjørg PhD; Søreide, Jon Arne MD, PhD; Bru, Edvin PhD


Mrs. Husebø explains:


In our study, women with breast cancer shared their perceptions on wellness from exercise during adjuvant chemotherapy. Of remarkable importance, their perceptions included that their psychological wellness secondary to exercise was perceived as superior to the physical wellness that also resulted from exercise, an important fact to be considered by cancer nurses when promoting physical activity as fostering patients’ health and wellness. Although regular exercise improves physical fitness and muscular strength, its effects on women’s emotional and mental health needs to be highlighted as equally important.  



A Qualitative Analysis of “Naturalistic” Conversations in a Peer-Led Online Support Community for Lung Cancer


by Lobchuk, Michelle PhD, RN; McClement, Susan PhD, RN; Rigney, Maureen MSW; Copeland, Amy MPH; Bayrampour, Hamideh PhD, RN


 Dr. Lobchuk writes:

This research highlights for the readers of Cancer Nursing: An International Journal of Cancer Care the importance of the Internet and online support communities for information-seeking, information-giving, and emotional support, especially for patients and families dealing with stigmatized disease like lung cancer.  Our findings challenge notions that empathy can only be experienced in face-to-face encounters; empathy can clearly also be conveyed in monitored, online peer led support communities that promote acceptance, solidarity, bonding, non-victim mentality, and attitudes of non-judgment which all cancer patients and families deserve.   


Below are thoughts from authors published in our 38:6 (Nov/Dec) issue regarding their articles...


A Longitudinal Study of Depressive Symptoms in Patients With Head and Neck Cancer Undergoing Radiotherapy

by Astrup, Guro Lindviksmoen MSc, RN; Rustøen, Tone PhD, RN; Miaskowski, Christine PhD, RN; Paul, Steven M. PhD; Bjordal, Kristin PhD, MD


 Mrs. Astrup writes:

Our findings support previous reports on the high prevalence of depressive symptoms in patients with head and neck cancer. In addition, several predictors were identified that can guide clinicians in identifying patients who are at higher risk of experiencing depressive symptoms. This information can be utilized to mitigate predictors that are modifiable, and to identify patients who need targeted intervention. These measures may in turn lessen depressive symptoms in this patient group.


Resilience and Psychosocial Function Among Mainland Chinese Parents of Children With Cancer: A Cross-sectional Survey


by Ye, Zeng Jie MD; Guan, Hui Jie RN; Wu, Liu Hong RN; Xiao, Min Yi RN; Luo, Dong Mei RN; Quan, Xiao Ming PhD


 Dr. Quan explains:

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, parents may experience considerable emotional distress. This article verifies the level of resilience and other psychosocial outcomes among Chinese parents of children with cancer.  It tests whether or not a high level of resilience among parents indicates better psychological functions.  Identifying potential protective factors in parents could aid in tailoring specific interventions to improve the psychological well-being of parents of children with cancer.  This article enhances our understanding of resilience in parents with cancer children. 


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