Surveys Reveal Oncology Nurses’ CNE Preferences

​At the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 44th Annual Congress in Anaheim, California, in April 2019, i3 Health surveyed oncology nurses regarding their educational needs on a variety of topics, including immune checkpoint inhibitors, cyclin dependent kinase (CDK)4/6 inhibitors, chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, poly(ADP)-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitors, and biosimilars. Regardless of the survey topic, all respondents were asked about their practice role, practice setting, and pre...

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Survey of Oncology Nurses Reveals Knowledge Gaps Surrounding Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors

Immune checkpoint inhibition is a form of immunotherapy that blocks checkpoint proteins on immune cells, boosting the body's immune response against cancer cells. Checkpoint inhibitors such as pembrolizumab (Keytruda®, Merck), nivolumab (Opdivo®, Bristol-Myers Squibb), atezolizumab (Tecentriq®, Genentech), durvalumab (Imfinzi®, AstraZeneca), cemiplimab (Libtayo®, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), ipilimumab (Yervoy®, Bristol-Myers Squibb), and avelumab (Bavencio®, EMD Serono and Pfizer) have dem...

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Survey of Oncology Nurses Reveals Knowledge Gaps Surrounding Biosimilars

A biosimilar is a biological agent that is very much like another previously FDA-approved biological agent, called the reference drug. Biosimilars and their reference drugs are both made from living organisms, but they may be made in different ways and of slightly different substances. A biosimilar must demonstrate the same safety and efficacy and work in the same way as the reference drug, and it must also be used in the same way, at the same dose, and for the same condition. There are currentl...

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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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Aromatherapy for Symptom Management in Patients With Cancer

Nurses at University of Iowa Health Care implemented a quality improvement project that introduced aromatherapy as a nurse-led symptom management intervention intended to increase comfort and reduce symptoms for adult patients with cancer in the outpatient setting. "The poly-pharmacy that occurs with oncology patients can often become overwhelming," stated Jane Utech, MSN, RN, OCN®, and her colleagues Geralyn Quinn, MSN, RN, OCN®, and Michele Farrington, BSN, RN, CPHON, concerning their poster p...

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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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Exploring the Effects of Chemo Brain in Breast Cancer Patients With Patricia A. Gibbons, PhD, RN, AOCN

Many patients with cancer who receive systemic therapy experience cancer treatment-related cognitive impairment, commonly referred to as "chemo brain." Chemo brain is characterized by the inability to remember certain things and having trouble finishing tasks or learning new skills. For most patients, these effects are short-term; however, other patients may have long-term mental changes which negatively impact their everyday life. At the Oncology Nursing Society 43rd Annual Congress in Washingt...

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