Episode 269: Cancer Symptom Management Basics: Gastrointestinal Complications

“Since gastrointestinal complications are so broad, you will see these types of complications in really any oncology setting,” ONS member Kara Freedman, MS, RN, AGCNS-BC, PCCN, OCN®, clinical nurse specialist in ambulatory GI surgery/medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY, told Jaime Weimer, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BS, AOCNS®, oncology clinical specialist at ONS, during a discussion about managing gastrointestinal complications. You can earn free NCPD contact hours after listening to this episode and completing the evaluation linked below. 

Music Credit: “Fireflies and Stardust” by Kevin MacLeod 

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Episode Notes

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Highlights From Today’s Episode

“Preparing our patients, not scaring the daylights out of them, but preparing them for what to expect and really when to contact us, not to wait until it gets too severe so that it’s even harder to treat. We really do want to make sure we’re driving this home when we’re educating our patients.” Timestamp (TS) 17:52

“As nurses, we know dietary suggestions that we can give them, but if we are finding a patient needs a little more help, reaching out to our local dietician could really help benefit the patient in a positive way.” TS 24:12

“It takes a village. You know, we are not siloed by ourselves caring for these patients. The patient will benefit from the more support that we give them.” TS 39:05

“There are many other issues and problems that occur, other than nausea and vomiting, for these patients with cancer. This can not only affect their weight and their nutritional status but their overall quality of life as well. It’s really important to make sure we are looking at the whole patient.” TS 39:58

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