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VOL 11 NO 2 • MAR 2020

This issue’s cover illustration depicts glasdegib, a Hedgehog signaling pathway inhibitor used to treat acute myeloid leukemia. Glasdegib attaches to the Smoothened transmembrane protein and inactivates the Hedgehog signaling pathway. It sensitizes cells and reduces chemotherapy resistance. Artwork by Alexandra Webber Baker © 2020, DNA Illustrations, Inc., Asheville, North Carolina.


The American Cancer Society’s Facts & Figures: 2020 Edition

Pamela Hallquist Viale, RN, MS, CNS, ANP

As I write this in February, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has recently published their report on the state of cancer for this year (Siegel, Miller, & Jemal, 2020). This annual compilation of statistics, which reflects on trends and improvements in cancer mortality for various cancers, pr...

Research and Scholarship

Burnout, Workplace Factors, and Intent to Leave Among Hematology/Oncology Nurse Practitioners

Laura Bourdeanu,(1) NP, PhD, Qiuping (Pearl) Zhou,(2) PhD, RN, Michelle DeSamper,(3) Kaitlin Anne Pericak,(4) MA, and Arlene Pericak,(2) FNP-BC, DA

As baby boomers reach the age of 65, the incidence of cancer is estimated to increase by 67% by 2030 (Smith, Smith, Hurria, Hortobagyi, & Buchholz, 2009). The American Society of Clinical Oncology has long recorded the growing need for oncologists to fill the ranks, as senior ones retire or l...

Research and Scholarship

An Advanced Practice Provider Initiative for Delirium Management in the ICU

Sarah Rebal, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, Caroline Shirzadi, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, Jennifer Agatep, Ms, RN, AGACNP, Konstantina Matsoukas, MLIS, Kay See Tan, PhD, Kenneth Seier, MS, Yesne Alici, MD, Beatriz Korc-Grodzicki, MD, PhD, and Louis Voigt, MD

Delirium is an acute disturbance in cognition, attention, and awareness that may fluctuate throughout the course of the day and is often due to an evolving medical condition (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Delirium occurs in 30% to 80% of patients admitted to the intensive care unit (IC...

Review Article

Beyond CAR T-Cell Therapy: Continued Monitoring and Management of Complications

Victoria Reiser, RN, BSN, BMTCN, OCN®

Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy is a novel treatment currently approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for CD19-expressing hematologic malignancies (acute lymphoblastic leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and lymphoma), yet the management of toxicities, long-t...

Grand Rounds

A Tale of Two Sisters: Breast Reconstruction Options for Women With or at High Risk of Breast Cancer

Kathryn Trotter,(1) DNP, CNM, FNP, FAAN, Jennifer K. Plichta,(2) MD, MS, FACS, and Michael Zenn,(3) MD, MBA, FACS

Case Study LM is a 51-year-old woman with a 4-cm infiltrating ductal carcinoma of the left breast. She is prediabetic but otherwise healthy. Family history includes breast cancer in her mother at 58 and “female cancer” in her maternal grandmother. Divorced, she worries about how this diagnosis an...

Practice Matters

Precautions for Patients Taking Aromatase Inhibitors

Mary Heery,(1) APRN, AOCNS®, CBCN, Stephen Farley,(2) PharmD, BCOP, Rhett Sparkman,(2) PharmD, John Healy, BS, Pharmd, William Eighmy,(3) PharmD, George Zahrah,(2) MD, and Richard Zelkowitz,(1) MD

Aromatase inhibitors (AIs) are now U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved and have been shown to be more effective than the antiestrogen drug tamoxifen in the postmenopausal population. There are three medications that are second-generation AIs, including anastrozole (Arimidex), letrozole (...

Practice Matters

Determination of the Fair Market Value of Oncology Advanced Practitioners

Wendy H. Vogel, MSN, FNP, AOCNP®

The 2020 American Cancer Society’s Annual Cancer Facts & Figures Report notes that approximately 1.8 million Americans will be diagnosed and almost 606,520 will die from cancer during the year (American Cancer Society, 2020). Over 16.9 million Americans are living with cancer, more than ever ...

Prescriber's Corner

Glasdegib: A Novel Hedgehog Pathway Inhibitor for Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Daniel L. Thompson,(1) PharmD Candidate, and Donald C. Moore,(2) PharmD, BCPS, BCOP, DPLA

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is an aggressive myeloid stem cell disorder that causes bone marrow failure. It is the most common acute leukemia in adults, with an estimated 21,450 new diagnoses and 10,920 deaths in 2019 (Siegel, Miller, & Jemal, 2019). The median age of diagnosis is 67 years (...

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