As a trusted provider of patient and professional education in blood cancer treatments, LLS is proud that Clare Karten, M.S., LLS’s senior director of mission education, has co-authored a guideline that was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, entitled “Antimicrobial Phophylaxis and Outpatient Management of Fever and Neutropenia in Adults Treated for Malignancy: American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline.”
As an outcome of this publication, Karten co-authored a second article published this month in the Journal of Oncology Practice.
The JCO article presents the American Society of Clinical Oncology's new guideline on protecting and managing infection, a potentially life-threatening complication of cancer chemotherapy.
Karten was invited as a patient advocacy representative to be part of a panel of infectious disease doctors and nurses to draft these guidelines. Karten contributed throughout and drafted the section focused on patient/clinician communications.
Karten wrote: "Successful management of FNE’s (fever and neutropenia) in adult oncology outpatients requires that patients and their family or volunteer caregivers be educated to promptly recognize and act on signs and symptoms of possible infection. Effective education about monitoring body temperature and other symptoms of infection is vital. Additionally, communications should acknowledge and address the reality that many patents are reluctant to seek help outside of office hours. It is essential that patients and caregivers receive clear written instructions on when and how to contact health care practitioners."
Karten co-wrote the JOP article with Christopher Flowers, M.D., of Emory School of Medicine, who was also a co-author on the JCO article. The JOP article also focuses on how critical it is that patients understand their role in communicating their symptoms to their health care providers as quickly as possible to avoid potentially fatal complications.
"It was a great honor for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to be invited to be a part of this esteemed panel and to contribute to such an important article, and we are extremely proud of Clare for the role she played," said Hildy Dillon, senior vice president of patient services for LLS.