The Exchange

Commentary and Observations from
the Medical Front Lines

Beth Sandy, MSN, CRNP

Beth Sandy, MSN, CRNP

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Abramson Cancer Center
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cancer Screening Guidelines 2020: Let’s Recap!

Cancer Screening Guidelines 2020: Let’s Recap!

We now have screening tools and methodologies for several of the most common types of cancer. Each year, the American Cancer Society (ACS) publishes updated survival statistics and cancer screening guidelines in its "Cancer Facts & Figures" report. Advanced practice providerswhether in primary care, oncology, or any subspecialtyshould be aware of the screening guidelines so that we can offer cancer screening to appropriate... Continue Reading

Filed under: Health Policy and Trends, Oncology/Hematology, Preventive Medicine

Quitting Smoking When You Already Have Lung Cancer: Does It Matter?

Quitting Smoking When You Already Have Lung Cancer: Does It Matter?

Many patients feel that once they develop lung cancer, it is pointless to quit smoking. Smoking is one of the toughest addictions to break, and with the adde... Continue Reading

Filed under: Oncology/Hematology, Pulmonary Medicine, Substance Abuse

Women in Oncology

Women in Oncology

As a nurse practitioner, I practice in a predominantly female profession. However, I have seen a wave of symposia at recent major conferences that focus on w... Continue Reading

Filed under: Health Policy and Trends, Oncology/Hematology, Practice Management/Career

Can Robots Read Your CT Scan?

Can Robots Read Your CT Scan?

At a plenary session of the World Conference on Lung Cancer in September, 2019, in Barcelona, Spain, Hugo Aerts, PhD presented fascinating data on the use of... Continue Reading

Filed under: Miscellaneous, Oncology/Hematology

The Dilemma of the Opioid Crisis and Cancer Pain

The Dilemma of the Opioid Crisis and Cancer Pain

The misuse of opioids and inappropriate prescribing patterns have led to addiction and overdose deaths in the United States that have risen sharply in the pa... Continue Reading

Filed under: Oncology/Hematology, Substance Abuse

What the Heck is NTRK?

What the Heck is NTRK?

Neurotrophic receptor tyrosine kinase (NTRK) is a gene, and when it fuses to an unrelated gene in some cancers it can become a driver for cancer growth. Two... Continue Reading

Filed under: Oncology/Hematology

Metastatic Lung Cancer: Immunotherapy Gives Hope

Metastatic Lung Cancer: Immunotherapy Gives Hope

In 2005, the 5-year survival rate for patients with stage IV or metastatic non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC)—the most common type of lung cancer—was a... Continue Reading

Filed under: Oncology/Hematology

Breaking Down Racial Disparities in Cancer Care: The Affordable Care Act

Breaking Down Racial Disparities in Cancer Care: The Affordable Care Act

Racial disparities are well known to exist in cancer care and outcomes. Several barriers exist including access to care, cultural biases about healthcare and... Continue Reading

Filed under: Oncology/Hematology

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