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September 6, 2011

Dear Colleague,

September is Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Awareness Month. Brush up on your own knowledge and awareness in order to help spread the word about these blood cancers. Can you answer the following questions?

  1. True or false? An abnormally high level of lymphocytes is one of the classic warning signs of acute or chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).
  2. What electrolyte imbalance is often a first sign of tumor lysis syndrome?
  3. Which symptom is often the only presenting symptom of an infection in neutropenic patients?
  4. True or false? Non-Hodgkins lymphoma attacks the B cells in lymph nodes and bone marrow.
  5. What are some long-term sequelae of curative treatment for Hodgkin’s disease?
  6. During which season do patients with mycosis fungoides most often report improvement of pruritis?

The Secret Life Of Lymphocytes

How To Prevent And Manage Tumor Lysis Syndrome

Screening for Chemotherapy Adverse Late Effects

What you need to know about non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

Health-Related Quality of Life in Adults With Hodgkin's Disease: The State of the Science

Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma: Mycosis Fungoides/Sezary Syndrome: Part 1

Find these answers and more by exploring the articles in More Resources. Our next issue will focus on Leadership – see you then!

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Clinical Edito

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As we approach the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, several nurses offer their perspectives on how well nursing is prepared for a mass-casualty event in AJN Reports: 9/11 and Nursing, 10 Years On.
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Make sure you are aware of the most prevalent multidrug-resistant organisms and effective methods to prevent the spread of infection. Learn more in Stopping HAIs at their Source. 
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The FDA has approved the following new drug:

  • Adcetris (brentuximab vedotin) - an antibody-drug conjugate directed to a type of lymphoma cell known as CD30; is indicated for the treatment of patients with Hodgkin lymphoma after failure of autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) or after failure of at least 2 prior multiagent chemotherapy regimens in patients who are not ASCT candidates; also indicated for the treatment of patients with systemic anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) after failure of at least 1 prior multiagent chemotherapy regimen.

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