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VOL 12 NO 3 • APR 2021

This issue’s cover illustration depicts highlights from JADPRO Live. Artwork by Harborside 2021.


JADPRO Live Virtual 2020: Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow

Beth Faiman, PhD, MSN, APRN-BC, AOCN®, FAAN

This past October, over 1,000 nurse practitioners, PAs, pharmacists, and other oncology professionals attended the eighth annual JADPRO Live conference, which went virtual for the first time. Amid uncertainty and unprecedented challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, oncology advanced practitioners...

Meeting Report

Advanced Practitioner Leadership in Times of Crisis

Presented by Gabrielle Zecha,(1) PA-C, MHA, Andrew S. Guinigundo,(2) MSN, RN, CNP, ANP-BC, David Johnson,(3) PA-C, and Sara Toth,(4) RN, APRN, FNP-C, AOCNP®, AGN-BC

As health-care systems face challenges never before encountered in the era of modern medicine, advanced practitioners (APs) are playing critical roles in developing protocols, managing health-care teams, and delivering patient care. JADPRO Live 2020 kicked off its virtual meeting with a discussio...

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Words Matter: Use of Respectful Language in Oncology

Presented by Laura J. Zitella,(1) MS, RN, ACNP-BC, AOCN®, and Tatiana M. Prowell,(2) MD

While cancer treatments continue to evolve at a rapid pace, the culture of medicine is rife with outdated norms that reinforce gender and racial disparities, explains Tatiana M. Prowell, MD, of Johns Hopkins Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. During JADPRO Live Virtual 2020, Conference Chair Lau...

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Are Current Metrics Adequate to Demonstrate the Value of Oncology Advanced Practitioners?

Presented by Jason Astrin, DMSc, MBA, PA-C, DFAAPA

Advanced practitioners drive revenue for oncology practices, but calculating their true value is a complicated proposition compared with other care providers. During JADPRO Live Virtual 2020, Jason Astrin, DMSc, MBA, PA-C, DFAAPA, Director of APP Services, The US Oncology Network, differentiated ...

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The Elevator Pitch: Communicating Your Expertise, Experience, and Value to Patients, Co-Workers, and Prospective Employers in an Instant

Presented by Andrew S. Guinigundo, MSN, RN, CNP, ANP-BC

As the saying goes, you only have one chance to make a first impression. Mastering the “elevator pitch” can be an invaluable skill for advanced practitioners. During JADPRO Live Virtual 2020, Andrew S. Guinigundo, MSN, RN, CNP, ANP-BC, defined the concept of an elevator pitch and its application ...

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Cardio-Oncology: The Intersection Between Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer

Presented by Jessica Shank Coviello, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, and Kejal Amin, PharmD, MBA, BCOP

The connection between cancer and cardiovascular disease has been well established in medicine, but their shared pathophysiologic patterns remain less understood. During the JADPRO Live Virtual 2020 conference, Jessica Shank Coviello, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, of Yale University School of Nursing, and K...

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Management of Diabetes in the Patient With Cancer

Presented by Lorena A. Wright, MD, FACE

Understanding the optimal management of hyperglycemia in patients with cancer is an essential responsibility of advanced practitioners. During JADPRO Live Virtual 2020, Lorena A. Wright, MD, FACE, of the University of Washington Diabetes Institute in Seattle, discussed the importance of glycemic ...

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Sticky Issues: What APs Need to Know About Anticoagulants and Patients With Cancer

Presented by Val R. Adams, PharmD, FCCP, FHOPA, BCOP

Both CHEST and National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines can help advanced practitioners determine which patients with cancer should be treated with a direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC), but optimizing the risk-to-benefit ratio must still be done at the individual patient level, accor...

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Approach to the Hospitalized Patient With Thrombocytopenia

Presented by Laura J. Zitella, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, AOCN®

With up to 50% of hospitalized patients experiencing low blood platelet count, thrombocytopenia is a very common condition. During JADPRO Live Virtual 2020, Laura J. Zitella, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, AOCN®, of the University of California, San Francisco, discussed the most important causes of thrombocyto...

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Mitigating the Morbidity of Financial Toxicity in Cancer Care

Presented by Veena Shankaran, MD, MS

Financial toxicity among cancer patients is a growing and complex problem, affecting people across all socioeconomic strata with various types of insurance. During JADPRO Live Virtual 2020, Veena Shankaran, MD, MS, of the University of Washington, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and Fred Hutchinson...

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2019–2020 Drug Updates in Solid Tumors

Presented by Kirollos S. Hanna, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous oncology drugs have been approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) over the past 12 months for initial or expanded indications for the management of patients with solid tumors (Table 1). During JADPRO Live Virtual 2020, Kirollos S. Hanna, P...

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2019–2020 Drug Updates in Hematologic Malignancies

Presented by Heidi D. Finnes, PharmD, BCOP, FHOPA

From late 2019 to late 2020, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved a number of medications for the management of patients with hematologic malignancies, including drugs for lymphoma, myeloma, myelodysplastic syndrome, and sickle cell anemia. During JADPRO Live Virtual 2020, Heidi...

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Biomarker Jeopardy

Presented by Sandra E. Kurtin,(1) PhD, ANP-C, AOCN®, Alyssa Henglefelt,(2) PharmD, BCOP, and Allyson Price,(3) MPAS, PA-C

As oncology continues to move towards precision medicine with targeted therapies, biomarker expression is playing an increasingly important role. In a session led by Sandra E. Kurtin, PhD, ANP-C, AOCN®, during JADPRO Live Virtual 2020, Alyssa Henglefelt, PharmD, BCOP, HonorHealth, Virginia G. Pip...

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Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors: Common Questions About Uncommon Adverse Events

Presented by Lisa Kottschade, APRN, MSN, CNP

Immune checkpoint inhibitors have been successful in advancing the field of oncologic treatment, but there is a dark side to these drugs. Immune-related adverse events (irAEs) that occur via activation of a patient’s immune system can affect any tissue, organ, or body system and pose distinct cha...

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FDA and Its Role in Drug Development

Presented by Richard Pazdur, MD

As the first U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Inter-Center Institute, the Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE) fosters a unified interaction between the three FDA centers: the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER); the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER); and the ...

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Advanced Prostate Cancer: Considerations for Advanced Practitioners

Presented by Brenda Martone, MSN, ANP-BC, AOCNP®

With the introduction of novel agents for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer, the range of options with notable benefits has widened. The armamentarium now includes second-generation androgen receptor–targeting agents and several chemotherapeutics as well as new drugs targeting other oncog...

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The Landscape of the Advanced NSCLC Treatment Paradigm: Molecular Testing and Actionable Mutations

Presented by Rasheda Persinger, AGNP-C

In the past 15 years, the number of targeted therapies for non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has grown from 0 to 17, as the list of oncogenic mutations continues to expand in this heterogeneous group of lung cancers. At JADPRO Live Virtual 2020, Rasheda Persinger, AGNP-C, of Johns Hopkins Univer...

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A Multidisciplinary Approach to Head and Neck Cancer

Presented by Casey Fazer-Posorske, PA-C

Head and neck cancer accounts for more than 550,000 cases and 380,000 deaths annually around the world. During JADPRO Live Virtual 2020, Casey Fazer-Posorske, PA-C, of Mayo Clinic, described the various types of head and neck cancers along with associated treatments and side-effect management. Ms...

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Developments in Hepatocellular Cancer Treatment

Presented by Bridget O’Brien, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, AOCNP®

The death rate from hepatocellular cancer (HCC) has more than doubled in the past 30 years as the incidence of this disease continues to rise worldwide. However, the recent approvals of targeted agents and immunotherapies have dramatically changed the treatment landscape of HCC and should impact ...

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Infrequent Offenders: Neuroendocrine Tumors and Cancers of the Appendix, Gallbladder, and Bile Duct

Presented by Kristen O’Hagan, ANP-BC, MS, AOCNP®

During JADPRO Live Virtual 2020, Kristen O’Hagan, ANP-BC, MS, AOCNP®, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, described the presentation, diagnosis, and treatment algorithms of rare gastrointestinal tumors, including neuroendocrine tumors and cancers of the appendix, gallbladder, and bile duct...

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Kidney Cancer Combinations: Tracking and Treating Symptoms With the Challenge of Combination Therapy

Presented by Kathleen Burns, AGACNP-BC, OCN®

Over the past 10 years, the arrival of immunotherapies and targeted agents has extended the survival and improved the quality of life for patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC), but these novel therapies have also introduced challenging new side effects. During JADPRO Live Virtual 2020, Kathlee...

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Sarcoma: Disease Overview and Treatment Updates

Presented by Cissimol Joseph, APRN, AOCNP®, and Prachee Singh, PA-C, MS

A rare tumor constituting less than 1% of all cancer types, sarcoma presents unique challenges for both patients and health-care providers throughout the treatment course. During JADPRO Live Virtual 2020, Cissimol Joseph, APRN, AOCNP®, and Prachee Singh, PA-C, MS, of The University of Texas MD An...

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Optimizing Treatment of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Presented by Sandra E. Kurtin, PhD, ANP-C, AOCN®

Treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is becoming increasingly personalized, relying on both the molecular attributes of the disease and patient characteristics. During JADPRO Live Virtual 2020, Sandra Kurtin, PhD, ANP-C, AOCN®, of the University of Arizona Cancer Center, identified key...

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Diagnosis and Treatment of AL and ATTR Amyloidosis

Presented by Beth Faiman, PhD, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, AOCN®, FAAN, and Tiffany Richards, PhD, ANP-BC, AOCNP®

Vast improvements in the diagnosis and management of amyloidosis have underscored the importance of prompt diagnosis and effective treatment. During JADPRO Live Virtual 2020, Beth Faiman, PhD, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, AOCN®, FAAN, of Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, and Tiffany Richards, PhD, ...

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Improving Outcomes in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant: Recent Advances

Presented by Maritza Alencar, DNP, MBA, APRN-BC, BMTCN

As the number of recipients continues to rise, recent advances in hematopoietic stem cell transplant have led to improved outcomes. During JADPRO Live Virtual 2020, Maritza Alencar, DNP, MBA, APRN-BC, BMTCN, of the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, described advances in t...

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Hemolytic Anemias: Autoimmune and Beyond

Presented by Ravi Krishnadasan, MD, FACP

Although hemolytic anemia is most commonly associated with autoimmune causes, not all hemolysis can be diagnosed with a positive direct antiglobulin (Coombs) test. During JADPRO Live Virtual 2020, Ravi Krishnadasan, MD, FACP, of The University of Arizona Cancer Center, focused on nonimmune hemoly...

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