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2016 NCCN Nursing Program Addresses Information Needs for Oncology Nurses

On March 30, 2016, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) hosted its 2016 Nursing Program: Advancing Oncology Nursing™ in conjunction with the NCCN 21st Annual Conference: Advancing the Standard of Cancer Care™ at The Diplomat in Hollywood, Florida. Covering a broad range of topics from supportive care to disease-specific clinical advances to global outreach, this one-day program provides oncology nurses with comprehensive and clinically relevant information regarding the management of people with cancer.

NOTE: If you were unable to attend the NCCN 2016 Nursing Program, the live webinar series begins May 24, 2016. For more information, visit

The day commenced with a presentation on the management of cardiac toxicities from Anecita Fadol, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Fadol explained approaches for identifying causes of cardiac toxicity in people with cancer and discussed how cardiomyopathy can be prevented following anthracycline treatment. She also touched on the importance of encouraging healthy lifestyles in cancer survivors.

Kristen Kreamer, AOCNO, APRN-BC, CRNP, MSN, Fox Chase Cancer Center, provided a nutrition update, specifically focused on anorexia and cachexia. Ms. Kreamer described contributing causes of cancer cachexia, outlining the effects of anorexia and cachexia on outcomes in people with cancer and evaluating current and possible future treatment options.

This year’s program featured concurrent clinical sessions from which attendees could choose the subject most pertinent to them. During the following presentations, experts from NCCN Member Institutions discussed evidence-based treatment updates and potential future therapies, as well as described processes for identifying and treating adverse events that accompany treatment:

Brenda Shelton, DNP, RN, APRN-CNS, CCRN, AOCN, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, outlined both the recognition of signs of sepsis as well as treatment for the condition. Ms. Shelton also provided guidance on the proper documentation of sepsis for patients with cancer.

The day’s final presentation, delivered by Lori Buswell, ANP-BC, MS, OCN, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, focused on the need for global outreach efforts in oncology. Ms. Buswell discussed the importance of nurses in such efforts, highlighting the rewards and challenges associated.

The next NCCN Nursing Program is planned for the NCCN 22nd Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, in 2017.

Live webinars for the NCCN 2016 Nursing Programs are available for those who were unable to attend the Conference. For more information, visit