Date of Award

January 2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Department

Yale University School of Nursing

First Advisor

Jessica Shank Coviello

Abstract

Abstract

Patients have been surviving cancer diagnoses at a steady increasing rate over the past few decades. In spite of the encouraging decline in cancer morbidity, the cardiovascular effect of some chemotherapy medications is concerning. Moreover, even though there is extensive knowledge in regards to the pathophysiology and increased risk of cardiotoxicity, there is a lack of specific guidelines and adequate cardio-oncology programs focused on reducing cardiovascular risks or disease in patients undergoing cancer treatment. The high incidence of both cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer warrants the collaboration of oncology and cardiology providers to screen, treat promptly, and thereby provide an opportunity to improve cancer patients’ quality of life both during treatment and extended through cancer survivorship. We found no designated cardio-oncology programs in our geographical area from Poughkeepsie to New York City, therefore a feasibility project was developed in collaboration with a cardiologist and a cardiology nurse practitioner specializing in oncology in our institution. The project included the development and implementation of a cardio-oncology program in a suburban community cardiology practice in order to provide service in this area to breast cancer patients at risk for cardiotoxicity. The RE-AIM framework was employed to guide the project and enhance the translation of research into practice through planning and execution.

Comments

This thesis is restricted to Yale network users only. It will be made publicly available on 08/22/2017

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