Overview of Head and Neck Cancer and Treatment Modalities Course Description:
This course offers an overview of the most common types of cancer in the head and neck. It will further review the most common signs and symptoms along with management options for cancer of the hypopharynx, larynx, esophagus, salivary glands, thyroid, a skin cancer of the head and neck and skull based cancers.
This course is part of the SOHN Comprehensive ORL and Head-Neck Nursing Course, which provides the ORL nurse with an overview of common ear, nose and throat problems, disorders and their management. The material has been divided into sections to include: Overview of Cancer and Treatment Modalities; Head and Neck Cancer; Disorders of the Nose, Sinuses, and Oral Cavity; Benign Head and Neck Disorders; Pediatric Otolaryngology; Otology and Hearing Loss Evaluation and Management. Each of these sections will review the normal anatomy, common disorders, etiology, symptoms, diagnostic evaluation and management. This course is designed to enhance and reinforce your current knowledge base, provide clarification for areas that may be confusing, and allow you to identify areas of weakness that may require further focus and learning. The course is ideal for the nurse who is new in the otolaryngology specialty or for the seasoned ORL nurse seeking a good review.
Course Learning Outcomes:
1. Summarize biology and cellular biology of cancer, the TNM staging system and grading, differentiation, and survival rates.
2. Compare three cancer treatment modalities, the goals and principles.
3. Relate radiotherapy, and chemotherapy side effects to nursing care implications.
Course Contact Hours: 1.55
Cancer treatment modalities
Treatment side effects and nursing care
Penelope Stevens Fisher RN MS CORLN worked 51 full time years 8/26/1966 through 9/30/2017. She served in the United States Army Nurse as a student 2/1966 and then as RN until July 1967. Upon honorable discharge, she became a “sick baby nursery” (prior to the term intensive care neonatal unit) RN at Mercer Hospital in Trenton, N.J. In 1969 she transferred to the surgical adult care unit at Princeton Hospital in Princeton, N.J. From 1970-1988 Mrs. Fisher worked at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lakeland FL. in the capacity of RN (staff and manager) in the general surgery unit and emergency department. She also established the first dedicated nursing care units for ophthalmology, otolaryngology and head and neck cancer and the outpatient same day surgery program under the nursing modality of primary care nursing which was new to the institution. This entailed 4 physical areas of the hospital and she served as the manager for each. In July of 1988 she chose employment at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center at the University of South Florida, Tampa. Fl. There she established the Head and Neck Cancer Program and held positions in management and education. In 1998 she transferred to Miami Florida and became the Clinical Instructor of Otolaryngology, as faculty, in the Department of Otolaryngology, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami. Here she initiated and developed with the team both a Head and Neck Cancer outpatient clinic and the Site Disease Program for Head and Neck Cancer at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami. She served as manager; had her own practice as CSN; and served as educator for in and outpatient head and neck units. Through this career she established and facilitated 4 support groups and established both a tracheotomy program and the head and neck cancer survivorship program. Penny is also the recipient of the Kalynn Quinn Hensley Head and Neck/ Laryngology Lectureship Award from the Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses, which Fisher has been a member of since 1979 and served as the Society’s president in 1992 – 1993.
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