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“Treating financial toxicity at the patient level is similar to treating a symptom like fatigue,” said Yousuf Zafar.
There are many ways to collect patient-reported information, such as the routine use of patient-reported outcomes in patient care, which provides value by alerting clinicians to symptoms and by improving communications, symptom control, and quality of life.

Three cancer centers share their experiences related to the struggle of understanding wide variations in the application of sterile compounding and safe handling of oncology hazardous drugs, and the costs and operating burdens of compliance with and adherence to current pharmacy standards.

“It is time for us to bury the concept of maximum-tolerated dose in the world of targeted therapy,” according to Allen S. Lichter, MD, FASCO.

The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) released its position statement in recognition that safe nursing practice requires adequate, high-quality sleep to allow them to contribute to patient care safely.

Trends in the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) show increasing use of advanced functionality. More providers are now using more advanced EHRs that include electronic clinical information and computerized entry of provider orders, as well as results management and decision support.
A pilot project to incorporate nurse navigation for all new patients diagnosed with a hematologic or gynecologic malignancy has met with success, improving access to care for patients at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), as well as increasing patient and provider satisfaction.
A growing number of patients treated at the infusion center, coupled with a fixed number of infusion chairs, helped to create a logjam at the National Cancer Institute–designated New York University Langone Medical Center.
A recent project to implement a chemotherapy discharge class on a mixed medical oncology unit had encouraging results, according to Julianne Brogren, MS, RN, CNL, OCN, Clinical Nurse Leader, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston.
Establishing a multidis­ciplinary oral chemotherapy clinic (MOCC) in a community hospital can reduce emergency department visits, increase patient and provider satisfaction, and lead to earlier recognition of adverse events.
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