COG Clinical Trials: Empowered Nurses the Key to their Success (C229)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Saturday, September 15

coglogo1CNE  In pediatric oncology, clinical trials are conducted to improve survival rates, understand disease biology, and prevent or improve management of treatment-related acute and long-term side effects. The majority of children newly diagnosed with cancer in North America are treated on Children’s Oncology Group (COG) clinical trials. In the last 50 years clinical trials in pediatric oncology have increased the overall 5-year survival rate from under 10% to over 80% today. Nurses are an integral part of the success of these trials.

Understanding the complexity of these trials is vital to the care of patients and families with cancer. This session will provide a brief overview of the Children’s Oncology Group and the history of clinical trials, review COG protocol navigation, and present key components of delivering care to patients enrolled on clinical trials. Phases of trials, regulatory requirements, informed consent, and principles of good clinical practice, including nursing documentation, will be discussed. Practical implications for nurses caring for patients on clinical trials will be presented and exemplars of nursing and family experiences will be shared. This session will help prepare the nurse to manage increasingly complex clinical trials and deliver excellent cancer care to patients and families enrolled on clinical trials.