Fundamental Considerations in Radiation Oncology With Charles Simone, MD, FACRO

At the recent Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress in Anaheim, California, Charles B. Simone, II, MD, FACRO, explained the concepts underlying the treatment of cancer with radiation therapy. In this interview with Oncology Data Advisor, Dr. Simone discusses the different types of radiation treatments and some considerations in choosing treatment. He also shares current evidence from his research about synergy between radiation therapy and checkpoint inhibitors or chemotherapy. 

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Survey of Oncology Nurses Reveals Need for Knowledge Regarding Genetic Evaluation and LGBTQIA+ Cancer Care

In May of 2022, i3 Health conducted a survey of 230 oncology nurses at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 47th Annual Congress in Anaheim, California, to assess nurses' familiarity and desire to understand genetic evaluation and counseling and LGBTQIA+ cancer care. Genetic evaluation and counseling are ways for patients to better understand their genome and how their DNA might be able to warn them, and even their family, about their risks to certain cancers and diseases. There are a variety of t...

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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...

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From the Patient’s Perspective: Improving Quality of Care for the LGBTQIA+ Community With Reverend Sean Parker Dennison

At the recent 47th Annual Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress, Reverend Sean Parker Dennison, alongside three other professionals, held a panel that explored the topic of improving quality of care for LGBTQIA+ individuals with cancer. In this follow-up interview with Oncology Data Advisor, Reverend Sean expands on their thoughts and provides the valuable perspective of their personal experience as a transgender patient in the cancer care community.  

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Reigniting the Passion as an Oncology Nurse With Nicola Stewart, MHL, BSN, RN-BC, OCN®

At the recent 47th Annual Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress in Anaheim, California, Nicola Stewart, Oncology Nurse Navigator at Methodist Healthcare/Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute, gave a presentation about boosting nursing morale by investing in the individual person and building the team. In this interview with Oncology Data Advisor, she shares additional advice for reigniting the passion as an oncology nurse, including the importance of remembering your "why."  

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Discussing Successful Onboarding for APRNs With Maritza Alencar, DNP, MBA, APRN-BC, BMTCN®

At the recent Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress in Anaheim, California, Dr. Maritza Alencar of the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center gave a presentation about the role of an effective onboarding program for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). In this interview, Dr. Alencar provides additional insights into this importance of this training in order to minimize burnout and shares resources to aid in the development of a well-structured onboarding program.

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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...

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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.  

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Improving Quality of Care for the LGBTQIA+ Cancer Community With Don S. Dizon, MD

In this interview with Oncology Data Advisor, Dr. Don S. Dizon continues the conversation he had at the recent 47th Annual Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress, where he and three other professionals held a panel to spearhead the topic of improving quality of care for LGBTQIA+ individuals with cancer. Oncology Data Advisor: Welcome to Oncology Data Advisor. Today, I am joined by Dr. Don Dizon, Professor of Medicine at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Recently, Dr. Dizon spoke at ...

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Improving Quality of Care for the LGBTQIA+ Cancer Community With Don S. Dizon, MD

In this interview with Oncology Data Advisor, Dr. Don S. Dizon continues the conversation he had at the recent 47th Annual Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress, where he and three other professionals held a panel to spearhead the topic of improving quality of care for LGBTQIA+ individuals with cancer.

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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.  

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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.

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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...

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