March 2020 Vol 11, No 3

This May 14-17, our navigation community will gather in Baltimore, MD, for the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) Midyear Conference. And it just wouldn’t be the same without you!
Researchers and clinicians have sought the best ways to implement survivorship care plans (SCPs) after cancer treatment. Despite the strong consensus-based recommendation by the Institute of Medicine and other influential stakeholders, limited evaluation data continue to be a barrier to successful implementation of the guideline.
“Where a woman lives should not determine whether she lives.”
When Harold P. Freeman, MD, first coined the phrase “navigation” for breast cancer patients in New York City in the 1990s, I am not sure anyone realized the impact that this nursing specialty would have on other populations of women in the future. Through his medical practice, Dr Freeman noted that patients who were poor and/or of minority status presented with advanced stages of breast cancer and were more likely to die of their disease.
Nutrition plays an important role throughout the continuum of lung cancer. It is well documented that the best protection from lung cancer is to avoid smoking, but it is also protective to eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
In patients with heavily pretreated relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma, subcutaneous daratumumab (DARA SC) demonstrated efficacy similar to the IV formulation (DARA IV), but with fewer infusion-related reactions, according to Saad Z. Usmani, MD, from Levine Cancer Institute/Atrium Health in Charlotte, NC. These findings come from an update of the phase 3 COLUMBA trial presented at the 2019 ASH Annual Meeting.
Understanding your role (and setting boundaries) allows you to remain focused on the tenets of oncology navigation—providing compassionate patient-centered care.

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