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Focus On Patients

Dr. Teresa Hagan Thomas

About The Author: Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RN

Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RN, is a nurse and researcher. She is passionate about improving cancer care to ensure patients’ needs and priorities drive the care they receive. Dr. Thomas has an active program...
Dr. Teresa Hagan Thomas

Study Highlights Discrepancies between Patient Preferred and Received Cancer Pain Self-Management Support

Pain is one of the most common and difficult symptoms to manage experienced by cancer patients. Researchers estimate that over half of all individuals...
Dr. Teresa Hagan Thomas

Patients with Advanced Cancer Reveal Wide Variation in Perceptions of Oncologists’ Communications as Harmful

Extensive research has been carried out on how oncologists communicate with their patients. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) emphasizes the unique elements present in...
Dr. Teresa Hagan Thomas

Wide Variability Revealed in Patient Navigation Structures, Services, and Processes in Six Boston Hospitals

Patient navigation is increasingly becoming standard of care in cancer centers, but a new study published in Supportive Care in Cancer that assessed these...
Dr. Teresa Hagan Thomas

Oral Mucositis and Oral Mucosal Toxicities: Review Includes Clinical Presentation and Management Strategies

Oral mucosal lesions (mouth ulcers) are a common and debilitating side effect of many anticancer drug treatments and of head and neck radiation therapy....
Dr. Teresa Hagan Thomas

Patients and Caregivers Report Divergent, Critical Supportive Care Priorities During Cancer Treatment

A recent publication in JCO Oncology Practice,1 compares how patients with cancer and their caregivers prioritize their own unmet needs during the patient’s treatment...
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