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touchPANEL DISCUSSION

Managing the needs of cancer patients during COVID-19:
A practical guide for cancer nurses

Introduction

Watch a panel of cancer nursing experts discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer care delivery in Europe, including how the pandemic has impacted cancer patients and their families and practical strategies to support cancer treatment and care for patients during the pandemic.

Andreas Charalambous chairs a discussion with Johan De Munter and Eugenia Trigoso Arjona and explores the emerging effects of COVID-19 on cancer care provision to share clinical insights on how supportive care services for patients and their families can be delivered safely during the pandemic.

This activity is intended for cancer nurses globally.

This touchPANEL DISCUSSION was recorded on 6 July 2020.

Learning Objectives

After watching this touchPANEL DISCUSSION, you should be able to:

  • Recognise the impact of COVID-19 on cancer care provision and which cancer patients are most at risk
  • Outline the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the psychosocial and mental health of patients with cancer and their families and identify opportunities to review patients’ psychological and mental health during their cancer care delivery
  • Describe practical support measures that cancer care nurses can use to help patients with cancer and their families overcome practical, psychosocial and mental health difficulties during the COVID-19 outbreak

Clinical spotlight

  • Which patients are at high-risk of infection, and what are the recommendations for the care of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • What are the common fears and uncertainties surrounding the pandemic, and how do they affect the care of patients with cancer?
  • What can we do to practically and safely support patients with cancer and their families during the pandemic?

Clinical Spotlight

  • Which patients are at high-risk of infection, and what are the recommendations for the care of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • What are the common fears and uncertainties surrounding the pandemic, and how do they affect the care of patients with cancer?
  • What can we do to practically and safely support patients with cancer and their families during the pandemic?

The expert panel

DR ANDREAS CHARALAMBOUS

JOHAN DE MUNTER

EUGENIA TRIGOSO ARJONA

DR ANDREAS CHARALAMBOUS

Andreas Charalambous, the incumbent EONS President, is an eminent oncology nurse specialist with extensive clinical and academic experience in both Cyprus and the UK. He is currently Associate Professor of Oncology and Palliative Care at the Cyprus University of Technology, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Turku in Finland.

Dr Charalambous is actively involved in national and international research programmes in the field of cancer care, accruing over 100 journal publications on topics including symptom management, informal care-giving, supportive care and care quality.

Disclosures: No financial interests/relationships or affiliations in relation to this activity.

JOHAN DE MUNTER

Johan De Munter graduated as a nurse in 2001 and worked for several years as a registered nurse and nurse consultant on an oncology and haematology ward in two general hospitals. He has postgraduate qualifications in pain management, cancer care and teenage and young adult cancer care. In 2010 he transferred to the University Hospital Ghent where he continues to work as a nurse consultant in the haematology/stem cell transplant unit. His professional interests include patient education, supportive care needs, survivorship and adolescent and young adults (AYA) care. He was president of the chemotherapy working group and board member of the Flemish society for radiology and oncology nurses, and vice-president of the Belgian Haematology Society nurses committee. In 2017 he was elected as a new European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) executive board member and is the new President Elect. He is currently working as assistant nurse manager of the University Hospital Ghent Cancer Center.

Disclosures: No financial interests/relationships or affiliations in relation to this activity.

EUGENIA TRIGOSO ARJONA

Eugenia Trigoso Arjona is an experienced and specialist paediatric oncology nurse, with postgraduate qualifications in Nursing Ethics and Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation. She has previously worked at the Cantonal Hospital in Geneva and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Sondureta Hospital in Spain. She has been working in the Paediatric Oncology and Transplants Unit at the Hospital Universitario y Politécnico “LA FE” in Valencia, Spain for the last 20 years.

She is actively involved in bone marrow and stem cell transplant clinical research, regularly publishing in the field. Eugenia teaches the Paediatric Oncology and Introduction to Pharmacotherapy modules on the Oncology Nursing Master’s programme at the University of Valencia, Spain and regularly speaks at national and international meetings.

She is an active member of various nursing groups, including the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS). Eugenia is the Chair of the Global Education Committee of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) and is involved in nursing education in several countries, including China, South America and India.

Disclosures: No financial interests/relationships or affiliations in relation to this activity.

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