Updates on Head and Neck Cancer Patient Care: Conquering Clinical and Nutrition Obstacles

Program Date: January 2014
Continuing Education Units: 1.0 Nurse Contact Hours, 1.0 Dietitian CPEU

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the pathophysiology of Head and Neck Cancers
  • Verbalize the current treatment available for Head and Neck Cancers
  • Discuss how early nutritional assessment and nutrition plays an integral role in Head and Neck Cancer treatments
  • Identify adverse effects of radiation and chemoradiation which affect nutrition
  • Identify the pros and cons of a patient having a feeding tube
  • Develop a nutritional plan of care for the head and neck cancer patient
  • CDR Level: 1
  • Suggested Learning Codes: 5090, 5150, 3000
  • Media Format(s): Video (English)
  • Run Time: 40 Minutes

Course Instructor Bio(s)

Carrie Daly, BSN, MS, AOCN

Advanced Practice Nurse and Oncolgoy Nurse Manager
Rush University Medical Center

Carrie Daly works as an A.O.C.N.(Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse) Advanced Practice Nurse and Oncology Nurse Manager at Rush University Medical Center in Radiation Oncology. She has been a nurse for over 30 years and symptom management and head and neck cancer have long been her specialty and passion. She has received the 2009 Nurse Excellence Award for being an outstanding radiation oncology nurse from the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO); the 2010 Excellence in a Nursing Care Project Award presented by the Magnet Status Committee at Rush University Medical Center for the Brachytherapy Improvement Project for Gynecology Cancer Patients – a multidisciplinary approach; the Excellence in Nursing Award, May 2010 awarded at the Annual Nursing Week Event for Rush University Medical Center; the ONS Excellence in Radiation Oncology Nurse of the Year Award for 2005 awarded at the 2005 Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress.

Rhone Levin, MEd, RD, CSO, LD

Registered Dietitian
Mountain States Tumor Institute

Rhone Levin has been a Registered Dietitian for 24 years and has specialized in oncology nutrition. She is board certified in oncology nutrition. Rhone has been an oncology dietitian at the Mountain States Tumor institute for St. Luke’s Health System for three years. She is a co-writer: Symptom Management Interventions for Oncology Patients, a project of the ON DPG and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: in press: Work group Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Evidence Analysis Library oncology revision of evidence based nutrition research.


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