Clinical Trials in the Children’s Oncology Group: A Case Study Approach (C229)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Saturday, October 30

coglogoClinical trials are essential in the treatment of pediatric and young adult patients with cancer and have resulted in dramatic improvements in cure rates over the years. Because of clinical trials, we are now better able to understand the biology of different types of cancers affecting children and young adults and determine the best treatment options.

Clinical trials would not be possible without nurses, who are fundamental members of the clinical team and are essential for successful implementation of clinical trials. Nurses at the bedside and in the clinic provide crucial patient care and patient/family education for patients enrolled on Children’s Oncology Group clinical trials and facilitate communication between physicians, clinical research associates, pharmacists, and the clinical team. Nurses also provide vital documentation for clinical trial reporting. However, without a working knowledge of the essential elements of a clinical trial, the nurse cannot fully contribute to the success of the trial. Using a case study approach, this session will provide the opportunity for nurses to gain a better understanding of the importance of clinical trials both to patients and their families, as well as to the advancement of research. We will explore the roles of clinical trial team members (physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, clinical research associates, and the study team) to understand how team members can best work together to achieve optimal study outcomes. Nurses will also have an opportunity to learn how to identify and grade adverse events, about the importance of accurate documentation, and about the impact of reporting adverse events to the clinical trials study team. Nurses being prepared to work with pediatric and young adult patients enrolled on Children’s Oncology Group clinical trials can contribute to trial success and prove rewarding for the nurse, the clinical team, and the patient and their family.