Nurses Must Keep Up With Cancer Care's Constant Change
Because nurses bridge the gap between advocate and provider, they are in the perfect position to recognize patients’ needs and seek solutions for those undergoing radiation therapy.
From advancements in treatment to new ways to monitor adverse events (AEs) and symptoms, the world of oncology is constantly changing. Although it is important that oncology nurses keep up with the evolving cancer space, there is also opportunity for them to spark change in the field.
In this issue’s cover story, we explore research opportunities for oncology nurses in radiation, a type of therapy that benefits about 60% of patients with cancer. You will hear from nurses who led research to better understand the AEs that come with radiation to treat gynecologic cancer, as well as others who are pioneers in the field. Because nurses bridge the gap between advocate and provider, they are in the perfect position to recognize patients’ needs and seek solutions for those undergoing radiation therapy.
Also in this issue, we discuss novel technologies—from smartphone apps to web-based programs—that are becoming increasingly popular in the management of AEs. As patients look more toward home monitoring of their symptoms, oncology nurses must understand how to interpret the data and still ensure that patients get the proper care that they need. Finally, our continuing education (CE) section focuses on some of the exciting advancements that were presented at the 2019 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium. Read the articles and nurse perspectives, and don’t forget to log on to OncNursingNews.com to take a quiz and receive 1 CE credit hour.
At Oncology Nursing News®, we constantly strive to bring oncology nurses the latest information to improve their practice. We hope that you find this issue, too, to be useful and inspiring.
Mike Hennessy, Sr
Chairman and CEO