The incidence of human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated oropharyngeal cancer is increasing. Patients treated for these cancers with radiation and chemotherapy are at increased risk for early and late side effects that diminish their quality of life, and nurses play a key role in coaching patients about living with these side effects.
Real-world experience at The University of Texas MD. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, showed that the most frequent immune-related adverse events leading to emergency department visits for patients treated with immune checkpoint inhibitors were diarrhea, colitis, pneumonitis, and dermatitis.
A pilot project to incorporate nurse navigation for all new patients diagnosed with a hematologic or gynecologic malignancy has met with success, improving access to care for patients at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), as well as increasing patient and provider satisfaction.
A growing number of patients treated at the infusion center, coupled with a fixed number of infusion chairs, helped to create a logjam at the National Cancer Institute–designated New York University Langone Medical Center.
A recent project to implement a chemotherapy discharge class on a mixed medical oncology unit had encouraging results, according to Julianne Brogren, MS, RN, CNL, OCN, Clinical Nurse Leader, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston.