By Kristina M. Gregory, RN, MSN, Vice President, Clinical Information Operations
On Wednesday, March 9, the 2011 NCCN Nursing Program: Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse in Quality Cancer Care™was hosted by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) at the NCCN 16th Annual Conference in Hollywood, FL. The Nursing Program is designed to provide advanced practice oncology nurses with current and relevant information related to the management of cancer patients. Experts from the NCCN Member Institutions, and specialists in their respective topic areas, composed the faculty for this program. As cancer and cancer-related therapy can have an impact on morbidity, mortality, and the quality of life of patients with cancer, the program consisted of several presentations focused on treatment approaches, survivorship, symptom management, and supportive care issues for patients with cancer.
The focal point of the overall program centered on the importance of a multidisciplinary care approach to cancer treatment. The first presentation delineated the aspects of a survivorship care program and how to apply this information to improve survivorship care for patients with cancer. Following this topic was a discussion regarding the importance of identifying and treating depression in patients with cancer. The program continued with disease-based presentations for pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer.
The final presentations of the program discussed the complexities of cardiovascular complications from cancer and cancer-related therapy. This involved the review of agents that increase the risk of cardiotoxicity and an update to the management of venous thromboembolism. Participants learned of the important role of cardiovascular assessment and monitoring for patients with cancer. Overall, the program provided advanced practice oncology nurses with timely and clinically relevant information on a variety of topics integral to quality cancer care.