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ONS 44th Annual Congress /
A clinical nurse specialist led multidisciplinary approach to breast cancer survivorship

11th - 14th Apr 2019

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Published: 08.05.19
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Colleen Zombek - Ohiohealth, Columbus, USA

Colleen Zombek speaks to ecancer at ONS 2019 about a breast cancer survivorship clinic which uses a multidisciplinary approach, led by an advanced practice nurse, to support patients with life after breast cancer.

She explains that even after breast cancer treatment has ended, patients often experience after effects such as fatigue, emotional distress, mental health problems, sleep issues, cognitive issues, weight changes and sexual dysfunction.

Colleen says that a multidisciplinary approach - including an advanced practice nurse, a physical therapist, a genetics counsellor, a social work mind/body counsellor and a dietician - is the ideal approach to this patient population because they often experience a cluster of after effects that require different specialist care.

Colleen concludes by talking about the feedback on the clinic so far and future changes to the programmes offered, including the possibility of offering similar services online.

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