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Course # 30722 • Lung Cancer: Diagnosis and Management

Overview

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer affecting both men and women in the United States. Although it has been linked primarily with smoking and environmental factors, this disease can affect patients regardless of their occupation or lifestyle. Within the general diagnosis of lung cancer, there are several types, each with its own clinical course and prognosis. It is important that healthcare professionals understand these differences as they care for patients with the diagnosis of lung carcinoma. Multiple treatment options are available to the lung cancer patient. Traditional methods, such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, continue to be the mainstays, but alternative methods are also being increasingly developed and used. Many of the treatment options available to lung cancer patients have extensive side effects, which should be discussed and minimized as much as possible.

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Education Category: Medical / Surgical

Release Date: 09/01/2018

Expiration Date: 08/31/2021

Audience

This course is designed for all nurses, especially those involved in the care of patients with lung cancer.

Accreditations/Approvals

In support of improving patient care, NetCE is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. NetCE is approved by the California Nursing Home Administrator Program as a provider of continuing education. Provider number 1622. NetCE is approved to offer continuing education through the Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators, Provider #50-2405. NetCE is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). NetCE complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, NetCE is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers. The course is approved for 10 CE contact hour(s). Activity code: H00029558. Approval Number: 170004563. To claim these CEs, log into your CE Center account at www.ccmcertification.org.

Designations of Credit

NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 10 ANCC contact hour(s). NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 3 pharmacotherapeutic/pharmacology contact hour(s). NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 12 hours for Alabama nurses. This home study course is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators for 5 credit hour(s). This course is approved by the California Nursing Home Administrator Program for 10 hour(s) of continuing education credit - NHAP#1622010-6473/P. California NHAs may only obtain a maximum of 10 hours per course. AACN Synergy CERP Category A. NetCE is authorized by IACET to offer 1 CEU(s) for this program.

Individual State Nursing Approvals

In addition to states that accept ANCC, NetCE is approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by: Alabama, Provider #ABNP0353, (valid through November 21, 2017); Alabama, Provider #ABNP0353, (valid through November 21, 2021); California, BRN Provider #CEP9784; California, LVN Provider #V10662; California, PT Provider #V10842; District of Columbia, Provider #50-2405; Florida, Provider #50-2405; Georgia, Provider #50-2405; Iowa, Provider #295; Kentucky, Provider #7-0054 through 12/31/2019; South Carolina, Provider #50-2405.

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to address the various aspects of diagnosis, treatment, disease management and appropriate patient care for healthcare professionals caring for patients with lung cancer.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Discuss the risk factors and incidence of lung cancer.
  2. Explain the pathophysiology of lung cancer.
  3. Identify the signs and symptoms of lung cancer.
  4. Discuss the various tests used to diagnose lung cancer.
  5. Describe the lung cancer classification and staging system.
  6. Discuss the treatment options available to the patient with lung cancer, including potential adverse effects.
  7. Discuss the clinical course of a patient with lung cancer.
  8. Describe conditions caused by advanced lung cancer and lung cancer treatments.
  9. Identify the vascular access devices (VADs) commonly used in the treatment and management of lung cancer.
  10. Define grief and loss and identify measures to facilitate the grieving process.
  11. Differentiate between advance directives, physician directives, and do not resuscitate (DNR) orders.
  12. Explain the hospice concept.
  13. Discuss nursing case management and clinical pathways of the patient with lung cancer.
  14. List patient teaching goals that are useful for patients with lung cancer.

Faculty

Marilyn Fuller Delong, MA, BSN, RN, received her basic nursing education at St. Luke's School of Nursing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, her BSN from Coe College and her MA from California State University, Long Beach. She has worked throughout the United States both clinically and as an educator. Her continuing education classes have focused on the case management aspects of the care of orthopedic and pulmonary patients, with particular focus on the long-term care needs of the elderly and disabled.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Marilyn Fuller Delong, MA, BSN, RN, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planner

Jane C. Norman, RN, MSN, CNE, PhD

Division Planner Disclosure

The division planner has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

About the Sponsor

The purpose of NetCE is to provide challenging curricula to assist healthcare professionals to raise their levels of expertise while fulfilling their continuing education requirements, thereby improving the quality of healthcare.

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Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of NetCE not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

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