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Editor's Picks (44:1)

  • Updated:   12/16/2020
  • Contains:  4 items

Examining Predictors of Fear of Cancer Recurrence Using Leventhal’s Commonsense Model: Distinct Implications for Oncology Nurses

Galica, Jacqueline; Maheu, Christine; Brennenstuhl, Sarah; More

Cancer Nursing. 44(1):3-12, January/February 2021.

Certain survivors of cancer have a heightened fear of a cancer recurrence. Oncology nurses are in prime positions to note such heightened conditions and to take supportive actions. In this study of 1001 adult survivors of cancer (65.9% from breast cancer), the strongest predictors of the heightened fear of cancer recurrence were: 1) believing that knowing another survivor with a recurrence would increase one's own likelihood of having a recurrence; 2) having one or more troubling symptoms; 3) being younger; 4) being female; and 5) having lower self-esteem. Oncology nurses could expedite referrals for survivors with this heightened fear for supportive care from expert psychosocial providers.

Evaluating Dimensions of Fatigue in Men With Prostate Cancer Receiving Radiation Therapy

Dickinson, Kristin; Kupzyk, Kevin; Saligan, Leorey

Cancer Nursing. 44(1):71-78, January/February 2021.

Cancer-related fatigue is recognized to be one of the most troubling cancer-related symptoms and in several dimensions. In this study, men with non-metastatic prostate cancer receiving external beam radiation therapy reported on fatigue, depressive symptoms and sleep disturbance before, during (x2) and after (x4 up to one year) the therapy. Total fatigue and affective fatigue were worse during treatment and then returned to close to the pre-treatment level; sensory fatigue was worse following therapy; cognitive fatigue was worse at the final data point of one year following therapy. Oncology nurses can monitor for the type and extent of fatigue over time and help patients to anticipate both and develop personalized management strategies.

Breast Cancer and Hair Loss: Experiential Similarities and Differences in Men’s and Women’s Narratives

Trusson, Diane; Quincey, Kerry

Cancer Nursing. 44(1):62-70, January/February 2021.

Relatively little research has included men with breast cancer and experiencing alopecia. In this study of comparing men and women with both conditions, hair loss was noted to be distressing for both sexes and affected their gender identity and their relationships with others. Men tended to discuss loss of body hair but women rarely discussed this loss. Men tended to use humor and emphasize their masculinity. Oncology nurses can anticipate that both genders find hair loss to be a challenge and that both appreciate advice and support about hair loss.