TON May 2015 Vol 8 No 3

TON spoke with Kimberly Hamilton, MSN, CNP, about the challenges and rewards of working as a nurse practitioner at the Taussig Cancer Institute, which provides care to more than 14,000 patients with cancer every year.
Skin rashes, nail changes, alopecia, and facial hirsutism are just a few of the dermatologic toxicities that can occur in cancer patients undergoing treatment. At the NCCN 20th Annual Conference, Mario E. Lacouture, MD, presented clinical pearls to guide management of these conditions.
The symposium highlighted 5 of the most important developments affecting nurses and advanced nurse practitioners on the topic of integrating biology into patient-centric care.
Due to the high mortality rate and lack of effective surveillance methods, identifying women at increased risk for ovarian cancer is crucial for offering risk-reducing procedures.
Although recent studies have shown the efficacy of using ster­eotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) as a treatment modality for organ-confined prostate cancer, questions over urinary symptoms and sexual dysfunction have remained. According to findings presented at the 2015 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium, those questions have been answered: the SBRT approach demonstrates acceptable urinary and sexual toxicity.
As part of the effort to prevent colon cancer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains the Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP), which provides funding in 25 states, as well as to 4 Native American tribal organizations. The goal is to increase colorectal cancer screening among men and women aged 50 years and older from an estimated 64% to 80%. Between 2009 and 2013, the CRCCP helped fund approximately 50,000 screenings, and 141 colorectal cancers and 6838 cases of precancerous adenomatous polyps were diagnosed.
Welcome to this issue of The Oncology Nurse-APN/PA (TON). It’s gearing up to be a busy time of year for TON as we offer coverage of the recent Genitourinary Cancers Symposium and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) 20th Annual Conference. The next issue will have a focus on coverage of the Oncology Nursing Society 40th Annual Congress. Needless to say, we’re all taking deep breaths here at TON.
Oncology nurses in the University of Miami Health System were able to significantly increase efficiency, reduce waiting time, and treat more patients each day in their outpatient oncology infusion suite by revamping scheduling and using a master template. They described their success at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network 20th Annual Conference, held recently in Hollywood, Florida.
When a loved one is going through treatment for cancer, the caregiver’s roles may be many and varied, from helping to get a second opinion and deciding about treatment, to talking with visitors, or trying to keep up the loved one’s spirits. Grocery shopping, making favorite meals, and taking the patient out to dinner at a favorite restaurant are probably on this list as well. However, during cancer treatment, the patient might not always feel like eating and might not want to eat the same foods he or she used to enjoy. For example, one day the patient may eat with gusto but the next, a favorite food may taste unappealing. The caregiver should not take this personally, as this is all a normal part of the process and how cancer treatment can impact a patient’s appetites and eating habits.
You have just been diagnosed with cancer, and one of the first people you meet on your healthcare team is introduced as a navigator. “A what?” you think. “I need doctors, not a GPS!” But over time, you will realize this person is a great guide.
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