Thinking Practically: Delivery of Care Considerations for New Agents


Presentation Description: 
Sequencing a tumour, identifying molecular targets and pinpointing the appropriate drug or clinical trial, is merely step one of a complex and intense process for health teams and patients/families. Once a drug has been identified, what are the practical considerations that health teams need to consider in order to deliver optimal care to the patient? This session, led by a Social Worker and Patient Navigator of the SickKids NAIT (New Agents and Innovative Therapy) Program and a Nurse Practitioner in the Neuro-Oncology division at SickKids, will provide a thorough dissemination and discussion of the many challenges that need to be anticipated and addressed once a patient has been matched with a drug/trial.

Karen Fung
Social Worker
The Hospital for Sick Children

Karen Fung is a social worker in the solid tumour section of the Haematology/Oncology Program at SickKids, and works part-time as a patient navigator in the New Agent and Innovative Therapy (NAIT) Program. As a social worker, Karen provides assessment and counselling to children and youth, and their families, through the trajectory of the illness to enhance coping and capacity. In her role as the patient navigator in the early phase clinical trials program, Karen has been assisting in the development of the NAIT Program, as well as collaborating with the primary stakeholders and the children and their families from across Canada to help them gain better access to new and innovative clinical trials.

Tara McKeown, RN MN NP-Paediatrics
Nurse Practitioner Neuro-Oncology Team
The Hospital for Sick Children
Adjunct Lecturer, Lawrence S. Bloomberg, Faculty of Nursing
University of Toronto

Tara McKeown completed a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Western Ontario and then went on to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Toronto. She worked at the Hospital for Sick Children inpatient Haematology/Oncology inpatient ward as a Registered Nurse for five years and during that time completed a Master of Nursing with Nurse Practitioner in the child stream. Tara has worked as the Nurse Practitioner with the Neuro Oncology team at the Hospital for Sick Children since Jan 2013. She also retains adjunct appointment as an Adjunct Lecturer for the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. Tara has worked closely with the New Agents and Innovative Therapy team at Sick Kids as new drugs, treatments and side effect management is emerging for the Neuro Oncology population.

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