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Chemotherapy side effects topic of first video seminar with Cancer Care Network

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November 2, 2013

Cancer Care Network video seminar Nurses and clinical staff from the four cancer centers affiliated with the UC Davis Cancer Care Network participated in the first-ever network education video conference Oct. 23. The focus was on an all-too-common side effect of chemotherapy: nausea and vomiting.

Clinical staff from the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and Davis 8 provided the educational content, and network staff members contributed case studies for the hour-long event using interactive video conference technology.

“This event is an example of the mission of the Cancer Care Network and UC Davis to share resources and improve the quality of cancer care in the community,” said Terri Wolf, nursing and quality coordinator for the network. “Community oncology nurses like those in the network cancer centers typically need to take time off and travel to oncology education events. This event was planned by the staff at each site and the network, and brought directly into their local conference rooms. The content was created to address the needs of the staff in their daily practice.”

Arlette Rogers, an infusion nurse at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, said she enjoyed meeting other network nurses, and learning and exchanging ideas with peers openly and in a comfortable environment.

“We were able to identify new resources available to us and to see what challenges other facilities face.” she said. “It was also an opportunity to talk about our standards and evaluate our practice here at Tahoe Forest.”

The event involved 30 participants, including 23 oncology nurses, five pharmacists, a cancer center administrator, and the network medical director. In addition to chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, topics covered during the event were antiemetic guidelines and an overview of pharmacy protocols. Educational content was provided by UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center staff including Patricia Palmer, clinical nurse specialist for inpatient oncology; Devon Trower, charge nurse; Maily Trieu, adult infusion center pharmacist; and Tara Tsukamoto, pharmacy resident.