ONCOLOGY Nurse Edition Vol 22 No 2 | Oncology Nurse Edition

Epothilones

March 25, 2009

Ixabepilone is indicated in combination with capecitabine (Xeloda) for the treatment of patients with metastatic or locally advanced breast cancer resistant to prior anthracycline and paclitaxel treatment (or for whom this treatment is contraindicated). Anthracycline resistance is defi ned as progression within 6 months of adjuvant therapy or 3 months of treatment for metastatic breast cancer; paclitaxel resistance is defi ned as progression on therapy or within 12 months of adjuvant therapy, or 4 months of treatment for metastatic breast cancer.

The Ferrell/Virani Article Reviewed

February 01, 2008

Palliative care for patients and their families across the cancer disease trajectory-from diagnosis, through survivorship, to end of life-is essential for quality cancer care. In their excellent article, Ferrell and Virani emphasize the important role of oncology nurses in providing palliative care, and they present the National Consensus Project (NCP) Guidelines[1] and the National Quality Forum (NQF)[2] preferred practices as a roadmap for all oncology nurses to use in their practice.

National Guidelines for Palliative Care: A Roadmap for Oncology Nurses

February 01, 2008

Patients with cancer have significant needs for palliative care, including pain and symptom management and psychosocial and spiritual support. The experience of cancer has an impact on family caregivers as well, and palliative care needs exist from diagnosis through survivorship and end-of-life care. Oncology nurses have opportunities to integrate palliative care into disease-focused care.