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Cancer Center Profile

Allegheny Health Network (AHN) is a large, integrated healthcare system that provides care to patients throughout western Pennsylvania. As part of this network, the AHN Cancer Institute (AHNCI), offers personalized, high-quality cancer care to patients at >20 locations in and around the Pittsburgh area. The institute uses the latest, most effective anticancer therapies, and through its partnership with Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, can offer patients access to clinical trials as well as combined expertise when second opinions are necessary.
Fox Chase Cancer Center (Fox Chase) is a National Cancer Institute–designated Comprehensive Cancer Center research facility and hospital located in Philadelphia, PA. It is part of the Temple University Health System and has a staff of 2400 plus more than 250 volunteers. The world-class center employs top cancer specialists who are dedicated to diagnosing, treating, and managing all types of cancer. Fox Chase is consistently highly rated among cancer centers in the United States.
The Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center is an integral part of one of the most distinguished academic medical centers in the United States: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. The institution offers personalized innovative treatments to adults and children with cancer through >37 programs within 29 multidisciplinary disease centers plus a vast array of support and educational services in New England and the southeastern United States. It also has one of the largest hospital-based research programs in the country. Its physician investigators conduct nearly 400 clinical trials annually, and its nurses were the first in Massachusetts to achieve Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in recognition of the excellent care they provide to patients.
The Cedars-Sinai Blood & Marrow Transplant Program, Los Angeles, CA, has performed more than 2200 stem-cell and bone marrow transplants since its inception in 1990. The program is accredited for autologous and allogeneic transplant by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy and is a National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match Transplant Center. It has also been recognized as a Blue Cross Center of Medical Excellence, a designation awarded to select hospitals that meet evidence-based standards and provide high-quality care for patients.
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick, in collaboration with RWJBarnabas Health, offers patients many advanced cancer treatment options, including immunotherapy, precision medicine, preventive services, and education. In 2018, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey earned accreditation as a Provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which recognizes high-quality continuing nursing education, interprofessional continuing education, transition to practice programs, and skills-based competency programs.
The Oncology Nurse-APN/PA spoke with Tonya Edwards, MS, RN, MSN, FNP-C, who discusses how The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center focuses on counseling and supporting patients with cancer who receive opioids for pain relief.
The Oncology Nurse-APN/PA spoke with Shantell Utley, OCN, MSN, BSN, RN, about how oncology teams can consult an extended network of cancer specialists by virtual tumor boards to expand access to state-of-the-art cancer care for rural patients.

The Oncology Nurse-APN/PA spoke with Sandra Kurtin, PhDc, RN, MS, AOCN, ANP-C, a nurse practitioner who specializes in treating patients with hematologic malignancies at The University of Arizona Cancer Center as part of a multidisciplinary team.

The Oncology Nurse-APN/PA spoke with Salimah H. Meghani, PhD, MBE, RN, FAAN, a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, about her various roles and thoughts on what is exciting in the field of palliative care.

Beth Faiman, PhD, APRN-BC, AOCN, is an author, presenter, and educator on the topics of multiple myeloma, general cancer diagnosis and treatment, and management of skeletal and other cancer-related complications.

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