Scalp Cooling for Oncology Patients With Kerry Kluska, RN, MSN, OCN®

​For patients with cancer, body image issues related to chemotherapy-induced hair loss can add to the stress of coping with their illness. To address this concern and help patients maintain their hair during chemotherapy, Lehigh Valley Health Network's Cancer Institute implemented a scalp cooling program. In this interview with i3 Health, Kerry Kluska, RN, MSN, OCN®, who served as a nurse and patient educator during the scalp cooling implementation, discusses the process involved in instituting ...
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Biosimilars in Oncology: An Interview With Eric Zack, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, AOCN®, BMTCN®

Biosimilars—a biologic that is "similar" to another biologic drug that is already FDA approved—are becoming more common to prescribe to patients with various conditions. It is crucial for health care providers to keep abreast of the current information regarding biosimilars. To help educate oncology nurses on this emerging field, Eric Zack, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, AOCN®, BMTCN® and colleagues created an intervention including an overview of the history of biosimilars and information about the biosimil...
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Optimizing Oral Chemotherapy Patient Education With Robin Esposito, RN, BSN, OCN®

​Because oral chemotherapy agents are administered by the patient at home without direct supervision from a nurse, patients often call with questions and concerns about their medications. Seeking to prevent lost time and patient confusion, Robin Esposito, RN, BSN, OCN®, undertook a project aimed at improving communication and education regarding oral chemotherapy agents for patients in ambulatory care settings. In this interview with i3 Health, Ms. Esposito discusses the implementation and resul...
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I-SNAP: Immunotherapy Standardized Nursing Assessment Protocol With Keri Mahoney, JD, RN, CPHRM

With the rapidly increasing use of immunotherapy in the treatment of some cancers, oncology nurses need to be comfortable and knowledgeable in administering immunotherapeutic treatments and assessing patients for immune-related adverse events. In this interview with i3 Health, Keri Mahoney, JD, RN, CPHRM, discusses her immunotherapy educational intervention for nurses, which she presented in a poster at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 44th Annual Congress in Anaheim, California. What was the ...
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Preparing Nurses to Manage CAR T-Cell Therapy Adverse Events With Lindsey Bashaw, RN

Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy is a new form of immunotherapy in which a patient's own T cells are collected and genetically altered to target cancer cells. Although CAR T-cell therapy has shown encouraging clinical trial results in patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and B-cell lymphomas, they are associated with severe adverse events such as cytokine release syndrome, neurotoxicity, tumor lysis syndrome, and graft-versus-host disease. Many of the patients who receive CAR...
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