Effective Care for Substance Use Disorders in Cancer: The Advanced Practice Nurse Perspective With Gretchen McNally, APRN-CRP

At this year’s American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, Gretchen McNally, APRN-CRP, of Ohio State University, co-chaired a session entitled, “Addressing Substance Use Disorders in the Context of Cancer: A Case-Based Discussion on Assessment and Management.” She then sat down to further discuss her perspective on substance use disorders associated with cancer as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, including:

  • How substance use disorders develop and why they are hard to prevent and manage
  • How nurses can help to monitor for substance use disorders in their patients
  • Resources that are helpful for assessing and managing substance use disorders
  • How the involvement of different specialties, such as nursing, psychiatry, and palliative care, helps to improve care
  • And more!

About Ms. McNally

Gretchen McNally, APRN-CRP, is a certified Nurse Practitioner at The Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her research focus and passion revolve around studying lymphomas. Ms. McNally has been a member of the hematology group The James Cancer Hospital since 2007, where she and her colleagues passionately devote their time to researching and understanding the comprehensive care needs for patients with Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, including those with HIV, Kaposi’s sarcoma, and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

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