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The lifespan of cancer survivors has increased over the years, in direct response to advancements in both cancer diagnosis and treatment options. The risk for associated oncologic complications has also increased, requiring that oncologic healthcare providers develop a strong knowledge base for identifying potential emergent complications and take actions to minimize such issues.
Nurses working with oncology patients are in a unique position to educate patients and their caregivers about these risk factors. Oncology nurses are not only delivering patient care but also participating in clinical trials and advancing cancer research. They are able to educate on preventive strategies, early symptom recognition, and available treatment options, all pivotal areas in enhancing both quantity (of life years) and quality of life.
Oncology patients can present with significant challenges for both healthcare providers and caregivers. Modern-day chemotherapies may cause potentially life-threatening oncologic emergencies. Nurses working with oncology patients must recognize signs and symptoms of such emergencies, and be knowledgeable in treatment therapies aimed at reducing these risks.
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Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
Chapter 1: Tumor Lysis Syndrome
Chapter 2: Febrile Neutropenia
Chapter 3: Superior Vena Cava Syndrome
Chapter 4: Malignant Pericardial Effusion
Chapter 5: Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone
Chapter 6: Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation
Chapter 7: Hypercalcemia of Malignancy
Chapter 8: Extravasation of Chemotherapy
Chapter 9: Infusion Reactions (Hypersensitivity and Anaphylactic)
Maureen graduated nursing school in 1981 and has spent her years in the Emergency and Trauma field, including nursing positions as the Emergency Department Manager, Director of Staff Education, Trauma Coordinator, Cardiology Nurse Navigator, and Stroke Program Manager.Read Full Bio
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