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​​​Patient Handout: A Healthy ​Approach to Online Test Results

Abnormal test results may create a sense of urgency, even if medically it is completely safe to wait a few days or weeks to address them. We wish we could call you the minute your test results are available, but that’s not realistic. Read ​Now >

​​​​​​Patient Handout: Answering How are You?​

During and after cancer treatment, a common greeting — How are you? — may stir unpleasant emotions or cause confusion about how to answer. This handout offers insights and tips on responding in ways that help you. The key message is this: In medical settings, ​answering candidly is essential to optimizin​g your care. 
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​​​Patient Handout: Crohn’s Disease. Health Promotion, Management, and Cancer Risk​

​Crohn’s disease (CD) is an infl ammatory bowel disease that can affect multiple areas of the digestive tract. Speak to your healthcare provider if you have abdominal pain, fever, and changes in bowel patterns such as bloody diarrhea. Diagnosis is based on symptoms as well as testing with endoscopy, ​radiology scans, and labs. Read Now >

​Patient Handout: HPV Immunization

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted virus with several strains. Some strains may cause genital warts, other strains may cause cancer. HPV is responsible for 90% of cervical and anal cancers, 70% of oropharyngeal cancers, 70% of vaginal and vulvar cancers, and 60% of penile cancers. The CDC estimates that nine out of ten individuals will contract some form of HPV in their lifetime.​ Read Now >

College.jpgPatient Handout: When Your Child at College Has Cancer

While adjusting to the news, you want to ensure that your child is making wise decisions. Here’s the challenge: You aren’t in charge ​anymore. This handout offers insights and tips for helping your child (1) do what needs to be done medically and (2) connect with designated school officials trained to assist students facing a health crisis and, at the same time, helping you (1) keep the lines of communication open with your child and (2) take care of your own needs. Read Now >

​​​​​​MusicTherapy.jpg​Patient Handout: Introduction to Music Therapy

Music therapy is the use of evidence-based music interventions in a therapeutic relationship. We prescribe music therapy for the same reason we prescribe physical therapy or anti-nausea medicines: to help us meet goals related to your well-being, whether physical, emotional, psychological, or social. ​​ Read Now >

Patient Handout: Late Effects in Adult Cancer Survivors

Late effects are health problems that first appear months or years after completion of cancer therapy. These delayed aftereffects arise when cancer and/or cancer treatments injure normal tissues in ways that impact future health. A late effect can be a sign, such as scarring on an X-ray; a symptom, such as hearing loss; or an increased risk of a condition, such as heart disease.​​​ Read Now >

​​​​​Treatment Delays.jpg​​​​Patient Handout: Coping with Treatment Delays​

​You may experience treatment delays, especially if your course is prolonged. That’s normal. This handout reviews common questions and concerns to help you respond in helpful, hopeful ways. Read Now >​​​​

Patient Handout: Minor Symptoms in Long-Term Survivors

Long-term survivors may experience distress while deciding what to do about minor symptoms (see “How to Address Minor Symptoms in Long-Term Survivors;” Sept. 25, 2016). One way to help minimize their distress—and the risk of delayed diagnoses—is by alerting them to the challenges of minor symptoms and by offering tips. Feel free to edit this handout to reflect your practice philosophy and staffing needs. Read Now >

​​​Patient Handout: The Power & Limits of Your Prognosis

This handout discusses how patients can use their prognosis to help make wise decisions and look forward with hope. 

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​​Article: Increasing Human P​apillomavirus Immunization in the Primary Care Setting​​

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a leading cause of cancer. Increasing HPV vaccination recommendations by primary care providers to patients decreases the burden of this viral infection. Providers need to be educated about this condition and the available options for immunization to feel confident in making strong recommendations and thereby increasing HPV immunization rates. Read the Article Now >​

​Article: Management of Crohn Disease: Identification, Diagnosis, and Clinical Management

Crohn disease is an inflammatory bowel disorder affecting children and adults. With its increasing prevalence, healthcare providers need adequate resources to assist with diagnosis and management. This article discusses early diagnosis, disease severity and classification, familial predisposition and genomics, and clinical management in the primary care setting.​ ​Read the Article Now >​​​​

​Article: Dermatological Screening in Primary Care

​Skin cancer has become the most prevalent type of cancer in the United States. The best strategy to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with skin cancer includes early detection and treatment. This article explains how primary care providers  can help fill the gap between dematology and primary care. Read the Article Now >

​​​​​Screening.jpgArticle: Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women. There are multiple options for prevention and early detection. Evidence-based guidelines are available to select the best option based on personal and famil​​y history. NPs should utilize these guidelines in clinical practice to select the appropriate screening for their patients. Read the Article Now >

Article: The Human Papilloma Vaccine. A time for NP leadershi​p

​The purpose of this article is to update APRNs on current knowledge regarding the HPV vaccine while providing appropriate information necessary for counseling patients and parents. Read the Article Now >


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