By Carol Cannon, RN, BSN, OCN®
Are you overwhelmed with the amount of research constantly published on the care of patients with cancer? Do you strive to learn about the latest evidence-based practices in cancer treatment and symptom management? The fact that cancer care is always changing and expanding is what makes it both exciting and intimidating.
This year, the ONS 40th Annual Congress will feature a series of tumor board sessions, in which oncology advanced nurse practitioners will present new treatment and management options for patients with cancer. These sessions are designed to educate you—oncology nurses—on the latest practices to optimize care.
Join Tracy Krimmel, RN, NP, AOCN®, at 10:30 am on Friday, April 24, to discuss treatment options and nursing considerations for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Case studies and the audience response system will engage attendees to understand CLL and the related complications of bone marrow transplant.
At 10:30 am on Saturday, April 25, Jennifer Aviado-Langer, DNP, FNP-C, APRN, and Meghan Routt, RN, MSN, GNP/ANP, AOCN®, will share their expertise in surgical oncology. The session will include use of the hepatic artery infusion pump to manage metastases in colorectal cancer, as well as the importance of identifying and measuring preoperative anxiety in female patients with breast cancer.
And lastly, on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 pm, Annette Quinn, RN, MSN, and Vanna Dest, MSN, APRN, BC, AOCN®, will present new technologies in in radiation oncology. Attendees will learn about the use of low-level laser therapy to manage oral mucositis related to radiation and chemotherapy treatment of head and neck cancers. You’ll also gain appreciation for the benefits of advanced radiation therapy techniques, including image guided radiation therapy, in reducing cardiac and pulmonary toxicity in patients with cancer.
Come to these sessions and bring information on the latest practices back to your institution. Imagine how new modalities in treatment of cancer and management of side effects could positively impact your patients’ physical and psychological health outcomes.