Tackling Violence and Stigmatization to Decrease Cancer Disparities for Transgender Patients With Ash Alpert, MD, MFA

At the recent American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Ash Alpert, a postdoctoral fellow in health services research at Brown University, presented two posters regarding the associations between violence and cancer risk factors for transgender and cisgender people. In this follow-up interview with Oncology Data Advisor, Dr. Alpert delves further into the implications of these two studies' results and shares how their ongoing research in this field seeks to improve the care of transgender people in the health care setting.  

Cemiplimab for Metastatic Basal Cell Carcinoma: Exploring the Data With Karl Lewis, MD

Cemiplimab, a programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) inhibitor, was approved in 2021 as the first and only systemic therapy to demonstrate clinical benefit among patients with advanced basal cell carcinoma (BCC) previously treated with hedgehog pathway inhibitor (HHI) therapy. At the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in April, Dr. Karl Lewis, Professor in the Division of Medical Oncology at the University of Colorado, presented the primary results of the EMPOWER-BCC ...

Addressing Racial Disparities in Multiple Myeloma Treatment Outcomes With Rahul Banerjee, MD, and Samer Al Hadidi, MD, MS, FACP

Research has shown that Black American patients with multiple myeloma experience significant disparities in treatment patterns and outcomes compared with White patients. In this interview, Oncology Data Advisor editorial board member Dr. Rahul Banerjee speaks with Dr. Samer Al Hadidi, Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas Medical School and a leading researcher in the field of multiple myeloma treatment disparities. Dr. Al Hadidi explains the differences in disease biology and treatment outcomes experienced by Black patients and shares solutions for closing this gap and ensuring equal access to care for all patients with multiple myeloma.  

Distinguishing BCMA-Directed Therapeutic Strategies for Multiple Myeloma With Charise Gleason, MSN, NP-BC, AOCNP®

At the 47th Annual Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress in Anaheim, California, Charise Gleason, Advanced Practice Provider Chief at Emory University Winship Cancer Institute, spoke about the current role of B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA)–directed therapeutic approaches in the multiple myeloma treatment landscape. In this interview with Oncology Data Advisor, she delves further into the mechanisms of action of antibody-drug conjugates, chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapies, and b...

Considering CAR T-Cell Therapy Survivorship Care With Sherry Adkins, ANP-C

At the recent 47th Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress in Anaheim, California, Sherry Adkins, MSN, ANP-C, Advanced Practice Provider Supervisor at MD Anderson Cancer Center, gave a presentation entitled CAR T-Cell Therapy: Care and Considerations Beyond Day 28. She highlighted the fact that although the most common acute toxicities associated with chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, including cytokine release syndrome (CRS) and immune effector cell–associated neurotoxicity syndro...

Starting the Conversation About the Cost of Cancer Care With Mateo Banegas, PhD, MPH

At the recent Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress in Anaheim, California, Dr. Mateo Banegas of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) gave a presentation about the financial toxicity of cancer care, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this interview with Oncology Data Advisor, Dr. Banegas shares additional advice for members of the cancer care team on how to engage in conversations about financial costs and well-being with their patients.  

Utilizing Technology and Social Media in Oncology Research With Dr. Lisa Carter-Harris and Dr. Kelly Brassil

At the recent 47th Annual Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress in Anaheim, California, Dr. Lisa Carter-Harris of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Dr. Kelly Brassil of MD Anderson Cancer Center each gave a presentation about ethical considerations in oncology research in light of the latest technological platforms and interventions. Afterwards, they spoke with Oncology Data Advisor to further explain the roles of technology and social media in oncology research and the implications o...

Raising Awareness About Medical Aid in Dying With Janet Rowe and Lisa Vigil Schattinger

At the recent Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress in Anaheim, California, Janet Rowe, RN, and Lisa Vigil Schattinger, MSN, RN, gave a presentation about medical aid in dying and the nurse's role in supporting their terminally ill patients' rights to autonomous decision-making. In this interview with Oncology Data Advisor, Ms. Rowe and Ms. Vigil Schattinger discuss their own experiences with medical aid in dying, explain their work to spread awareness and provide education to the community, and share additional advice for nurses on how to engage patients and families in meaningful conversations about this important issue.  

Improving Safety and Efficiency of Oral Chemotherapy Administration With Cynthia Huff, DNP, RN

At the recent 47th Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress in Anaheim, California, Cynthia Huff, DNP, RN, MSN, OCN®, CRNI, CNL®, Manager of the Ambulatory Infusion Center at Long Beach Medical Center, presented two posters about the importance of safe oral chemotherapy administration and the need to ensure proper lab monitoring and follow-up for patients receiving chemotherapy. Afterwards, she spoke with Oncology Data Advisor to further expound on her work in these areas and her passion for guar...

Becoming Involved in Oncology Cooperative Groups With Deborah Watkins Bruner, RN, PhD, FAAN

At the recent Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress in Anaheim, California, Deborah Watkins Bruner, Senior Vice President of Research at Emory University, gave a presentation to shed light on the value of oncology cooperative groups. In this interview, Dr. Watkins Bruner provides additional insight into the opportunities surrounding cooperative groups and shares resources for members of the nursing community who are interested in becoming involved. Oncology Data Advisor: Thank you for joining ...

Exploring Symptom Science Interventions With Nada Lukkahatai, PhD, MSN, RN, FAAN

 At the recent 47th Annual Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress in Anaheim, California, Dr. Nada Lukkahatai of Johns Hopkins School of Nursing gave a presentation about symptom science and her research regarding nonpharmacological interventions to reduce symptom burden. In this interview with Oncology Data Advisor, Dr. Lukkahatai further delves into this research and explains the future of personalized interventions and biomarkers studies for symptom management.

Oncology Nursing Month With Maria Badillo and Diane Barber: How to Build a Diverse Nursing Work Force

In honor of Oncology Nursing Month in May, Oncology Data Advisor is celebrating the stories of these essential members of the cancer care team. For this interview, editorial board member Maria Badillo, MSN, RN, OCN®, CCRP, speaks with Diane Barber, PhD, ANP-BC, AOCNP®, FAAN, Manager of Advanced Practice Providers at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Barber explains the importance of building a diverse nursing work force and shares ways to spread awareness about the opportunities that a career in nursing can offer.  

Oncology Nursing Month With Maria Badillo and Doyle Bosque: The Ever-Changing Opportunities of Research Nursing

In honor of Oncology Nursing Month in May, Oncology Data Advisor is celebrating the stories of these essential members of the cancer care team. For this interview, editorial board member Maria Badillo, MSN, RN, OCN®, CCRP, speaks with Doyle Bosque, RN, Director of Nursing Research Programs at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Mr. Bosque explains the role that he plays in the oversight of clinical trials and shares the exciting opportunities that a career in research nursing can offer. 

Oncology Nursing Month With Maria Badillo and Sherry Adkins: Nursing Considerations for CAR T-Cell Therapy

In honor of Oncology Nursing Month in May, Oncology Data Advisor is celebrating the stories of these essential members of the cancer care team. For this interview, editorial board member Maria Badillo, MSN, RN, OCN®, CCRP, speaks with Sherry Adkins, MSN, ANP-C, Advanced Practice Provider Supervisor at MD Anderson Cancer Center, about her groundbreaking research in the development of chimeric antigen (CAR) T-cell therapies and the critical role that oncology nurses play in caring for patients receiving this novel therapeutic strategy.  

Emerging Checkpoint Inhibitor–Based Strategies for Advanced Endometrial Cancer With Ritu Salani, MD, MBA, and Floor J. Backes, MD

Oncology Data Advisor™ · Emerging Checkpoint Inhibitor–Based Strategies for Advanced Endometrial Cancer Cancer of the uterine corpus, also called endometrial cancer (EC), is the most common cancer of the female genital tract, with an estimated 65,950 new cases diagnosed and 12,550 deaths annually in the United States (ACS, 2022). The mortality rate has increased approximately 1% each year from 2015 to 2019, an increase which may be related to a higher rate of advanced-stage ca...

Communicating With Comfort in Oncology Nursing: Joy Goldsmith, PhD, and Elaine Wittenberg, PhD, FACH

Effective and empathetic communication with patients and caregivers can be a challenging aspect of nursing care. The recent Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress in Anaheim, California, featured a session focusing on this topic, presented by Joy Goldsmith, PhD, and Elaine Wittenberg, PhD, FACH, two communication specialists who serve as cofounders of the COMFORT Communication Project. In this interview, Dr. Goldsmith and Dr. Wittenberg delve further into their research in the field of provider...

Taking a Nuanced Approach to Testicular Cancer Management With Sam Kaffenberger, MD

Oncology Data Advisor™ · Taking a Nuanced Approach to Testicular Cancer Management With Sam Kaffenberger, MD For this interview in honor of Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Sam Kaffenberger, an Assistant Professor of Urology at the University of Michigan Health System, explains the importance of taking a nuanced approach to the management of individual patients with testicular cancer, with the goal of minimizing toxicity and achieving the best possible outcomes for treatment a...

Exploring the Impact of Cemiplimab and Pembrolizumab in Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma With Shaheer Khan, DO

Recently, Oncology Data Advisor spoke with Dr. Shaheer Khan, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, in honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Khan shares the promising results of two recent trials of cemiplimab and pembrolizumab for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, explains future directions in the treatment of patients who are ineligible for immunotherapy, and offers advice for members of the multidisciplinary cancer care team who are treating patients with this disease.  

New Insights Into Preventing and Managing Chemotherapy-Induced Neutropenia With Gary Lyman, MD, MPH, and Maura Abbott, PhD, AOCNP®, CPNP

Oncology Data Advisor™ · New Insights Into Preventing and Managing Chemotherapy-Induced Neutropenia Chemotherapy-induced neutropenia (CIN) is a potentially life-threatening toxicity of chemotherapy that has been recognized as a major risk factor for the development of infections in patients with cancer (NCCN, 2021). The severity and duration of neutropenia place patients at higher risk of developing febrile neutropenia (FN) and experiencing dose reductions or delays that may comprom...

Prioritizing Life After Testicular Cancer With Katie Murray, DO

For patients with testicular cancer, planning is necessary to ensure that patients feel prepared regarding the implications of their disease in the years after they finish treatment. In this interview in honor of Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Katie Murray, Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri Department of Surgery-Urology, shares advice for members of the cancer care team on how to counsel their patients on planning for life after testicular cancer.  

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