ASRT November 16, 2022: A Multidisciplinary Overview: Caring for a Patient Receiving Concurrent Chemotherapy and Radiation for the Treatment of Head and Neck Cancer
Pittsburgh, PA US
September 21, 2022
Susan D'Arcangelo, RT
Dana Diehl, BSN, RN, OCN
Jamie Kruger, Medical Docimetrist, RT
Kellie Ritchey, BSN , RN
Amy Wiley, BSN, RN, OCN
The one hour presentation will describe the roles of individuals taking care of patients with head and neck cancer using a multi disciplinary approach.
Healthcare employees working in radiation oncology or caring for patients being treated by radiation oncology departments
Explain the role of the nurse navigator in the oncology setting specifically with head and neck cancer patient.
Identify resources for management of common side effects related to chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
Understand and identify barriers to care and solutions.
Identify two common chemotherapy agents used in concurrent chemotherapy and radiation for head and neck cancer.
Understand the chemotherapy process in order to prepare and educate patients for their chemotherapy treatment.
Explain osteoradionecrosis and the importance of having a dental clearance prior to starting radiation.
Identify the goal of photobiomodulation therapy for patients receiving radiation to the head and neck.
Explain the benefits of using a thermoplastic mask for the treatment of head and neck cancers.
Identify other treatment and positioning devices/techniques and why they are used.
Explain why multiple imaging studies are necessary for planning radiation.
Identify the critical structures that should be avoided during treatment to the head and neck.
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
5150 Centre Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Barbara Babinsack BA RT(T) – Regional Operations Manager, Radiation Oncology
Kayleigh Miller RT(T)- Chief Therapist Radiation Oncology at UPMC East
In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation
Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center
(ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is
1 contact hour.
1. To receive credit the learner must attend the course via Teams attendance and sign virtually into the activity.
2. The learner must complete the course evaluation on the CCE website
3. Once steps one and two are complete, the learner may claim credit on the CCEHS Learning Portal.
- 1.00 ANCCUPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
- 1.00 Attendance