Radiation Therapy, A Guide to Patient Care

Radiation Therapy

A Guide to Patient Care

By Marilyn Haas, PhD, RN, CNS, ANP-C, Nurse Practitioner, Mountain Radiation Oncology, Asheville, NC; William Hogle, RN, MSN, OCN, Clinical Manager, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Passavant Cancer Center; Adjunct Faculty, LaRoche College, Department of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA; Giselle Moore-Higgs, ARNP, PhD(c), AOCN, Coordinator, Breast Cancer, University of Florida Shands Cancer Center, Gainesville, FL; and Tracy Gosselin Acomb, RN, MSN, AOCN, Director, Oncology Services, Duke University Hospital; Clinical Associate, Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, NC


I. Overview

1. Evolution of Radiation Oncology

2. Basic Principles of Radiotherapy

3. Radiation Protection/Safety

II. Treatment Work-up and Planning

4. Diagnosis and Staging

5. Simulation and Treatment Planning

III. Integrative Systems and Cancer Sites (Radiation Therapy/Chemotherapy)

6. Central Nervous System Tumors

7. Head and Neck Cancers

8. Lung Cancer

9. Breast Cancer

10. Gastrointestinal Cancers/Colorectal

11. Urinary Cancers

12. Gynecologic Cancers

13. Male Genitourinary Cancers

14. Spinal Cord and Bone Metastases

15. Skin Cancers

16. Hodgkin?s Disease and Non-Hodgkin?s Lymphoma

17. Soft Tissue Sarcomas

18. Non-malignant Tumors

IV. Adjuvant Therapies

19. Chemoradiation

20. Combined Chemotherapy Safety

21. Interventional Radiology Procedures

22. Radioprotectants

23. Radiopharmaceuticals

V. Special Treatment Modalities

24. Sterotactic Irradiation

25. Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation

26. Total Body Irradiation/ Total Lymphoid Irradiation

27. Hyperthermia

28. Gliasite

29. Total Skin Electron Beam Therapy

VI. Special Supportive Nursing Care

30. Radiodermatitis

31. Pain

32. Mucosititis

33. Cancer and Nutrition

34. Radiation-Induced Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea

35. Sexuality and Sexual Dysfunction

VII. Dimensions of Clinical Practice

36. Nursing Research and Clinical Trials

37. Advance Practitioners in Radiation Oncology

38. Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines

39. Clinical Outcomes and Documentation

40. Geriatrics and Radiation Therapy

41. Applying Complementary Medicine in Radiation Therapy