3:30 – 4:30 pm Thursday, September 13

Management of Retinoblastoma in 2018: A Nursing Perspective (201)

1CNE  Retinoblastoma (RB) is the most common primary ocular malignancy of young children. Approximately 8,000 children are diagnosed with RB worldwide annually. If caught early RB can be cured, preserving life, vision, and the eye(s). At our institution, the treatment of retinoblastoma has evolved dramatically over the past decade. Utilization of focal therapies has transformed our treatment algorithms, patient outcomes and nursing care; our RB overall survival exceeds international rates. Localized treatments include chemotherapy administered directly into the eye via the ophthalmic artery or intra-vitreously, laser photocoagulation, cryotherapy, and, in cases of very advanced eyes, plaque brachytherapy or enucleation.

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

Therapeutic & Prognostic Impact of Medulloblastoma Molecular Subgroups (227)

1CNE  Medulloblastoma is an embryonal tumor of the central nervous system (CNS). It is the most common malignant CNS tumor in children with peak incidence between 5–9 years of age. Patients typically present with cerebellar deficits and headaches with vomiting, specifically in the mornings. Prognosis varies according to multiple factors including histology, age at diagnosis, and metastases. Medulloblastoma treatment is an intense, multi-modality therapy that can have many resulting late effects. Recent findings have shown medulloblastoma to be a heterogeneous disease which includes multiple subgroups.

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

Comprehensive Care for Thalassemia (226)

1CNE  Thalassemia is becoming a more common diagnosis seen in pediatric hematology/oncology centers. The term thalassemia describes a group of very complex diseases that requires thorough, comprehensive care to improve outcomes and quality of life for these patients. A complicating factor is that patients often are immigrants or refugees with language and cultural barriers and other socioeconomic issues. The care of these patients require a multidisciplinary approach and a strong understanding of the pathophysiology, specific complications, current treatments, and new and emerging therapies.

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11:00 am – Noon Friday, September 14

Improving Access to Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Clinical Trials for Patients with Sickle Cell Disease (214)

1CNE  Sickle cell disease (SCD), the most common inherited hemoglobin disorder in the U.S., affects nearly 100,000 people. Yet progress for advancing curative treatments such as hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) has been limited in part due to the shortage of clinical trial (CT) participation by individuals most affected. How to improve clinical trial participation for patients is the $1 million dollar question for many healthcare providers. Participants attending this session will be able to identify evidence-based strategies to enhance patients’ trust and increase HCT CT participation.

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3:30 – 4:30 pm Thursday, September 13

Putting the Horse before the CAR–T! Educating Nurses on Algorithms to Recognize Cytokine Release Syndrome and CAR–T Related Encephalopathy Syndrome (203)

1CNE  Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) therapies, recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of hematologic malignancies in pediatric and adult populations, offer remarkable promise for patients with previously treated-refractory disease. Kymriah™, the first FDA-approved agent for the treatment of children and young adults up to 25 years of age with relapsed or refractory B–cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, demonstrates an overall remission rates 83%. Significant, potentially life-threatening toxicities accompany these promising outcomes, most notably cytokine release syndrome (CRS) and CAR–related encephalopathy syndrome (CRES). Early identification and strategic management of symptoms are critical to support positive patient outcomes. An interprofessional team developed evidence-based algorithms for the diagnosis and management of CAR therapy-related toxicities.

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