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Nursing Management of Challenging Side Effects - Case Studies for Hematologic & Other Cancers


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Date: April 29, 2011
Credit Available Until: December 27, 2012
Location: Boston Convention & Exposition Center, Boston, Massachusetts
Target Audience: Nurses and other healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients living with hematologic and other cancers.
Access: Virtual Lecture


Managing side effects for oncology patients becomes more complex when inadequate healthcare coverage, insufficient psychosocial support, or a cultural communication gap between provider and patient, comes into the picture. This symposium will model management approaches for challenging aspects of oncology nursing management through the presentation of shared nursing care scenarios.

Case studies of patients with dual cancer diagnoses and a constellation of side effects and psychosocial challenges will be presented. The discussion will encompass nursing challenges at different stages of treatment, and will include management of pain, fatigue, CNS involvement, peripheral neuropathy, long-term surveillance and end-of-life issues for underserved/underrepresented populations.


At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Describe key considerations in developing nursing management plans
    for underserved/underrepresented patients
  • Define quality of life issues for patients with dual cancer diagnoses
  • Identify patient-transition issues associated with the cancer diagnosis,
    treatment and prognosis
  • Formulate education and communication strategies to address nursing
    management challenges

Approval for nurses has been obtained by the National Office of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society under provider number CEP 5832 to award 1.5 continuing education contact hours through the California Board of Registered Nursing.

This program is supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 5U58/DP001105-04 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its content is solely the responsibility of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and does not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Katherine A. Breitenbach, BA, RN, APN
Clinical Research Nurse
Section of Hematology/Oncology
University of Chicago Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Eric Cohen, RN, BSN, OCN
Program Manager, Patient and Family Education
Life with Cancer®
Inova Health System
Falls Church, VA

Kathy A. Daily, RN, OCN
Multiple Myeloma Bone Marrow Transplant
Coordinator/Primary Nurse
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
Tampa, FL

Carol A. White, RN, MSN, AOCN
Advanced Practice Nurse, Inpatient Leukemia Service
Section of Hematology Oncology
University of Chicago Medical Center
Chicago, IL


This program was sponsored by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

last updated on Friday, February 15, 2013