Nicola Love

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The ever increasing need of health professionals for information and the inclusion of active learning experiences in the medical school curriculum require that students learn the effective use of health information tools. Curriculum integration is gaining acceptance as an effective approach to teaching information skills in this setting. At the University(More)
The 5-year survival of cancer of the breast in socioeconomically disadvantaged women is much too low because treatment is given for late stage disease. A screening mammography program at primary-care facilities for medically underserved women has markedly increased in situ and local stage of disease and decreased distant disease. This has produced an(More)
The continued research efforts in the field of breast cancer adjuvant therapy are translating into a better understanding of the real, but still modest, impact on patient outcome. Recent publications are focusing either on secondary leukemias or on secondary solid tumors, which are associated with the use of adjuvant chemotherapy or adjuvant tamoxifen,(More)
Patient delay in seeking care for cancer symptoms is common and well documented by research studies. Fear and denial, lack of information about cancer, and financial considerations all contribute to this delay. Patient education may be an important factor in decreasing the length of delay and thereby improving treatment outcome. By making good use of(More)
A 6-year experience of providing mammograms to the socioeconomically disadvantaged in Dade County, Florida, through Primary Health Care Centers has defined a breast cancer control program that minimizes the barriers to early breast cancer detection for these women. First, an education and recruitment phase that reaches into the community to solicit the(More)
The impact of legal issues in breast cancer care reflects the significance of breast cancer as a health concern of women. Breast cancer has emerged as a leading liability risk for primary care physicians, with most cases focusing on delayed diagnosis. Although the clinical impact of delayed diagnosis of breast cancer is often controversial, physicians(More)
Patients are becoming increasingly involved in making informed choices regarding their care. However, in the case of breast cancer, more than medical treatment of a body part is at stake. The breast is an important cultural symbol of femininity and an intimate part of the patient's self-esteem. The disease and its treatment may cause ongoing sadness, fear,(More)
With prostate cancer being diagnosed and treated in more than 300,000 men each year, the pool of long-term survivors is dramatically increasing. Because these patients are usually elderly, they are often receiving follow-up care for unrelated problems in a primary care setting. This offers the physician an excellent opportunity to assist in management of(More)
Primary care physicians have a crucial role in recognition of potentially emergent conditions in patients with known or suspected cancer. This task presents a significant challenge because the initial manifestations of these conditions are usually nonspecific. In most cases, therapy is far more effective when diagnosis is made at the earliest possible(More)