While oncology nurses have undoubtedly led quality cancer care and patient education initiatives, the current and projected growth of cancer survivors in the United States demands increased attention
to developing oncology nurses in the educator role.
More people are living at least 5 years after their original pediatric cancer diagnosis than ever before. According to the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS), 400,000 childhood cancer survivors are alive today, and that number is expected to grow to half a million by 2020.
As the new USP Chapter 800 regulations for the handling of hazardous drugs are being finalized, stakeholders-including oncology nurses-are preparing for a renewed emphasis on the safe preparation and administration of chemotherapy in their daily practice.