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2013 NCCN Nursing Program: Advancing Oncology Nursing™

Kristina M. Gregory, RN, MSN, Vice President, Clinical Information Operations

On Wednesday, March 12, 2013, as part of the its 18th Annual Conference: Advancing the Standard of Cancer Care™, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) hosted the 2013 Nursing Program: Advancing Oncology Nursing™. Presentations focused on a variety of topics integral to quality cancer care: hereditary colorectal cancer, management of chemosensory dysfunction, management of adverse events in metastatic prostate cancer and metastatic breast cancer, risk assessment for venous thromboembolism and thromboprophylaxis, and implementing NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines® for Prevention and Treatment of Cancer-Related Infections. Clinical experts from the NCCN Member Institutions were the faculty for this program.

The first presentation of the program outlined genetic syndromes that increase a patient's risk of developing colorectal cancer and the recommended testing and counseling for high-risk patients. Factors were discussed to facilitate appropriate transition of a patient for genetic counseling. Following this topic, chemosensory dysfunction was addressed. Oncology nurses gained knowledge regarding patients at risk for developing chemosensory dysfunction and practical interventions to prevent and treat nutritional deficiencies.

The 2013 Nursing Program also included disease-based presentations for advanced prostate cancer and advanced breast cancer. The focus was on understanding the mechanism of action and adverse effects of new agents available for the management of these diseases. The presentations gave nurses the tools to improve their patient education and quickly identify and manage adverse effects to reduce treatment delay and disruption.

An additional presentation focused on new advances in the prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism.

Finally, attendees were trained on the feasibility of implementation of the NCCN Guidelines® for Prevention and Treatment of Cancer-Related Infections.. Barriers were discussed, along with practical approaches to implement evidence-based interventions.

The NCCN 2013 Nursing Program: Advancing Oncology Nursing™ provided oncology nurses with comprehensive and clinically relevant information regarding the management of patients with cancer to optimize clinical care and patient education. If you are interested any of the presentations described above topics from the NCCN Nursing Program will be available as free webinars with CE credits on the NCCN website. Check NCCN.org frequently for updates.