“Getting Their Attention: Streamlining Patient Education” With Margaret Highley, MSN, RN, OCN®, and Rebecca Grimmett, RN, OCN®

Patient education regarding the purpose and side effects of medications can be important to ensuring adherence and optimizing patient outcomes. However, it can be difficult for patients to absorb this information while experiencing an episode of acute illness, especially given the anxiety that can accompany a frightening diagnosis such as cancer. Margaret Highley, MSN, RN, OCN®, and members of the surgical oncology unit at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at The Ohio State...

CRISPR-Cas9 Technology Used to Understand Glioblastoma

The most common type of primary malignant brain tumor in adults, glioblastoma is also one of the deadliest cancers, with a median survival rate of 10 to 14 months. Until recently, understanding of glioblastoma growth and survival was limited. Now, scientists report that "reverse engineering" glioblastoma stem cells gene by gene using CRISPR-Cas9 unveiled multiple therapeutic targets to combat treatment resistance, including the SOX transcription factor family. "We think that, in one big experime...

Raising Awareness of Lung Cancer Screening Through Social Media: An Interview With Aimee Strong, MSN, AGACNP-BC

​ Lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (CT) has been endorsed by the United States Preventive Services Task Force and is covered by most insurances, yet this service is still underutilized, and some individuals at high risk for lung cancer may not know that it exists. Aimee Strong, MSN, AGACNP-BC, investigated whether social media could be used to educate high-risk individuals about lung cancer screening and motivate them to discuss screening with their health care providers....

Could NLRP12 Be the Key to Liver Cancer?

​ In a single pathogen sensor, researchers have found both a potential therapeutic target and a possible way to improve the efficacy of current immune checkpoint blockade therapies for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of primary liver cancer. Since HCC is associated with chronic inflammation, and NLRP12, a cytosolic pathogen sensor, is a negative regulator of inflammation, researchers at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center decided to investigate its role ...

In Vitro Fertilization Linked to Childhood Cancers? An Interview With Logan Spector, PhD

In vitro fertilization (IVF) has been thought to potentially cause an increased risk of cancer in children, especially because IVF is linked to childhood cancer risk factors such as imprinting disorders and birth defects. Logan Spector, PhD, Professor at University of Minnesota, and colleagues found a small correlation between IVF and childhood cancer; however, the increased rate of embryonal cancers, specifically hepatic tumors, could not be attributed to IVF per se rather than to underlying in...

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