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Winter 2012 | OncoLink Nurses' eNewsletter

Welcome to OncoLink's Nursing eNews! Welcome to the winter edition of Nursing eNews. This newsletter will update you on what's new and useful on OncoLink for your practice. Sign up to receive future newsletters or use the link at the bottom to forward this eNews to a friend.

Have You Seen The New & Improved OncoLink?
OncoLink has undergone a long-awaited site redesign! Our team is very excited about the fresh new look and hope this new design will make it easier for visitors to find what they need quickly. The "Healthcare Professionals" tab is new and was created to make getting to stuff you need just a click away. We continue to work through each section, updating content. We'd love to hear your feedback!

Not Another Test!
We often send our patients for tests and procedures assuming they know what the test entails and what to expect. OncoLink's new Diagnostic Tests section attempts to take the mystery out of the many scans and procedures oncology patients encounter. You can find these articles under the "Cancer Treatment" tab, then choose "Diagnostic Tests". The list of tests is continually growing, so check back regularly for new articles.

LIVESTRONG Care Plan

What's New with the LIVESTRONG Care Plan?
The 8th version of the LIVESTRONG Care Plan is going strong, with over 2200 plans created with this version (Over 20,000 plans have been created since the program was first launched!). We are hard at work on version 9, which will include "pathways" for each tumor type we cover. A pathway limits the choices for the user based on diagnosis and is currently in place for the top 6 diagnoses we serve. This will make the plan's questionnaire easier to navigate for the user.

Remember, we love to hear your feedback; it is often your opinions that inspire changes and improvements in the program. Would you like LIVESTRONG Care Plan flyers for your office/unit? Just contact us and we will be happy to send them.

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OncoLink Live Webchats - Brown Bag Chat Series

Upcoming Webchats
Cancer Risk and Prevention February 14th at 12:00PM ET. Have you ever wondered why a friend got cancer and you didn't? What factors in your life increase your risk - and more importantly, what can you do about it? Learn about cancer risk and tips to reduce risk.

No registration is needed, just come to the page at the event time. You can also submit questions in advance or read a transcript after the event.

Keep an eye out for details regarding 2 upcoming webchats on March 2nd, which will cover GI Cancers and Pancreatic Cancer.

Patient Education Center
The Patient and Family Education Center makeover continues! The side effect handouts have been updated and the drug teaching sheets are nearly complete. Next, the patient education page will be reorganized to make it easier to find the sheets you need. The latest addition to patient handouts is a direct result of your feedback; these cover home safety while on treatment and taking oral chemotherapy. They can both be found at the top of the OncoLink Rx teaching sheet list. The content is based on questions we receive from patients, ONS handling guidelines and practitioner input. We hope they will meet your practice needs!

What About Our Other Colleagues?
We would like to transition this newsletter to one that includes all our oncology colleagues (social work, dieticians, therapists, etc.). Got any ideas for a catchy name for an all-inclusive eNews? Send them to us - we'll put it up for a vote and send an OncoLink T-shirt to the winning idea!

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