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Forty-six consecutive, evaluable patients with a diagnosis of metastatic melanoma without prior chemotherapy were treated with bleomycin, vincristine, lomustine, and DTIC (BOLD). Treatment was repeated every 28 days for two cycles. Complete restaging then was performed, and response to treatment was determined. Of the 46 patients, five (11%) achieved a(More)
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES To increase knowledge of the incidence and severity of chemotherapy side effects, identify self-care actions and their effectiveness, and determine patients' acceptance of and ability to complete Nail's Self-Care Diary (SCD) (Nail, Jones, Greene, Schipper, & Jensen, 1991). DESIGN Descriptive, retrospective. SETTING Single medical(More)
Elevated resting energy expenditure (REE) is a possible mechanism of cancer cachexia. We measured REE by whole-body direct calorimetry in patients with colon and non-small cell lung cancer and compared the results with REE in groups of healthy subjects and in patients with anorexia nervosa, with nonmalignant gastrointestinal (GI) disease, with miscellaneous(More)
BACKGROUND AND METHODS Cancer patients may face a number of obstacles to learning, including complexity of information, inappropriateness of timing and method of presentation, avoidance as a way of coping, and inability to read. Patients' reading levels, preferred learning methods, and desires for information and the usefulness of two instruments in a(More)
PURPOSE It is important to determine whether teaching materials are understood and deemed accurate by the cancer patients being served. The authors used a series of patient participatory interviews to evaluate two brochures: Chemotherapy: What It Is and How It Helps by the American Cancer Society; and Helping Yourself During Chemotherapy: 4 Steps for(More)
  • A T Foltz
  • 1993
Skin cancer is a growing health threat in the United States; effective prevention logically begins with sun avoidance practices initiated early in childhood. However, little is known about the current level of skin cancer knowledge or skin cancer prevention practices among parents. A pilot survey of these levels was conducted among parents attending a(More)
The authors used focus groups to evaluate the effectiveness of specific patient teaching tools on patient education outcomes. In addition, data from the focus groups identified both deficiencies in the teaching-education process and ways to improve patient education and self-care outcomes. Negative and positive aspects of using focus groups in outcome(More)