October 2014

Best Practice in Chemotherapy Handling Means Multiple Layers of Precaution

November 18, 2014

Feature Story

Several of the nation's leading oncology nurse advocates for raising awareness of the importance of safe handling of chemotherapy drugs gathered recently to discuss some of the current challenges they face in their practices, along with risk reduction strategies that, if adopted, would benefit nurses nationwide.

OSU's New Cancer Emergency Department: Providing Integrated Care for Oncologic Emergencies

October 27, 2014

Feature Story

The treatment of cancer is complex-an oncology team must monitor a patient's preexisting conditions, drug administration, side effects, and more. And, for patients with cancer, what may at first seem like a minor issue can quickly become an emergency.

Enhancing Peer Review to Support APN Practice

October 23, 2014

Partner Perspectives

Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) currently credentials more than 400 advanced practice nurses (APNs) who practice in a wide range of roles and geographic locations. The number of practitioners more than doubled in the past 3 years, and now more than 50 APNs are practicing in oncology in Smilow Cancer Hospital at YNHH and at community care centers.

Celebrating Hope, Perseverance, and Teamwork

October 16, 2014

Feature Story

For the sixth year running, the sun shined brightly on the more than 3000 patients, survivors, caregivers, and staff from the John Theurer Cancer Center (JTCC) who gathered last month at Liberty State Park in New Jersey to celebrate life, reflect on their journey, and pay tribute to what they have achieved together.

Proactively Managing Treatment-Related Adverse Events in Advanced Colorectal Cancer

October 09, 2014

Feature Story

As new therapies enter the treatment landscape for metastatic disease, the role of the oncology nurse becomes even more critical in educating patients about what side effects to look out for and the importance of reporting any adverse events promptly.

Optimizing EHRs to Improve Cancer Screening in Older Adults

October 08, 2014

Partner Perspectives

Electronic health records (EHR), which have been found to improve care and management of multiple chronic diseases in older adults, could also be customized to improve cancer screening rates in this population by integrating recommended screening protocols based on age, family history and other environmental, occupational, and behavioral risk factors (ie, smoking and alcohol use).

Optimizing Adherence to Oral Anticancer Agents: No "One Size Fits All" Solution

October 02, 2014

Nurse's Notes

An oncologist who recently retired from practice told me that he retired because he couldn't pronounce the names of the drugs anymore. We can all relate to his observation that the number of new anticancer agents is increasing.