As discussed throughout this article, there has been anevolution in the way CML patients are managed todaycompared to strategies used a decade ago.
Oncology nurses continue to play a key role in the managementand care of patients with Ph+ CML. As the skilledoncology nurse is aware, despite the similarities anddifferences apparent in agents within the same class, monitoring,documenting, and evaluating their effect in patientsare essential to understanding the subtleties of each treatmentregimen and to ensure the best possible patientoutcome. Oncology nurses closely monitor resistancepatterns and drug selection with an eye to therapeuticmilestones; they are in an optimal position to recognizethe severity of adverse events and suggest changes intherapy. More importantly, oncology nurses address patientconcerns, using a step-care approach, and help set patientexpectations; this is greatly due to the impact of researchand the role of the oncology nurse in helping determinethe potential long-term benefits or disadvantages of second-generationTKIs. More options now exist with the 3available treatments that can help improve patient outcomes.The impact oncology nurses have in therapy selectioncannot be underestimated.
Only continued patient follow-up and vigilant monitoringof treatment-related response and toxicity will helpensure the most effective patient care in CML as well ashelp provide data on durability of responses, emergence oftreatment resistance, and long-term safety of current agentsand those yet to come.
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