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Colorectal Cancer: Treatments
Clinical trials may be a viable option for your patients with colorectal cancer. Participating in a research study focusing on new treatment methods may very well be an opportunity in answering questions and finding new approaches of care that are safer and more effective. Making this decision requires a multistep approach including choosing to participate, speaking with the research staff and asking questions about the research trials. Current studies include chemotherapy (new drugs/combination drugs), biological therapy (body’s own immune system), and combination therapies.

[Reference:CRC, Treatment, Module C: Clinical Trials, Page 16] www.athenaforum.com

Multiple Sclerosis: Categories
‘Possible’, ‘Probable’, and ‘Definite MS’ are the three diagnostic categories for multiple sclerosis. Possible and Probable MS include a history of relapsing-remitting symptom whereas Probable documents a single bout of symptoms with sign of more that one white matter lesion. Definite MS reflects documented neurologic signs of lesions in more than one site of brain or spinal cord white matter, and the onset of symptoms is between 10 and 50 years of age.

[Reference: MS, Module A: Pathophysiology: Diagnostic Challenge, page 14]
Excellence in Case Mgmnt
Workplace Loyalty – More with Less
‘Work hard and do your best!’ ‘That would be nice to have but do we need it?’ Budgetary expenditures and lean staffing requires diligence in understanding the application of numbers in how they impact safety, credible outcomes, and accreditations. Reducing and keeping your costs down ties into your creativity, versatility, and a willingness to provide your best for the good of your patient, the business, and your vocation. Do you have an idea or two that could make a difference?

World Tai Chi & Qigong day – 25th
In the Headlines . . .
“One Small Step to a Healthier You”
Health topics from A to Z are available at your fingertips on the new healthywomen.org website of the National Women’s Health Resource Center. Newsletters, videos, health blogs and weekly polls offer insights and references for all women. Three new topics including: “Let’s Talk About Sex,” “Pelvic Health,” and “Cleaning Tip for Healthy Homes” offer the latest articles and insights to help our patients stay well. Facebook and Twitter feeds add the social networking and support in addition to free publications and news feeds. Check it out at:

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“Breaking the Cycle of Readmissions”
Join a free 60 minute audio program of international experts discussing strategies to improve patient care. Beginning May 7th, the INI – Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s new web-based and audio programs will provide proposed solutions and potential pitfalls that are sure to open up discussions on how to improve health care through the continuum of care. WIHI provides a course overview, future schedules, and other topics related to their campaigns and programs. Set aside an hour [2-3 PM ET] and listen either by way of computer and/or telephone. Check out further information at their websites.


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Connie Sunderhaus Connie Sunderhaus, RN-BC, CCM
Clinical Editor
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