Treatment Guidelines

 Guidelines for specific cancers: treatments and side-effects, treatment and safe prescribing protocols.

 South Australian Dept of Health 'Cancer Care PathwaysCancer Care Pathways' for 'Upper Gastro Intestinal Cancer CareUpper Gastro Intestinal Cancer Care',LymphomaLymphoma, and Adolescents & Young AdultsAdolescents & Young Adults.

The NSW Cancer InstituteNSW Cancer Institute has detailed information about standard cancer treatment protocols used in Australia (and common side effects). You must register to access this site, called EviQ, but registration is free. Click on the Patients tab for, or, the Medical Oncologist section has full details about each chemotherapy protocols administration, monitoring for adverse side effects, and evidence supporting each regimen. 

Cancer Australia - Cancer LearningCancer Learning

Clinician's Guide to Radiation OncologyClinician's Guide to Radiation Oncology (A surprisingly readable guide by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of RadiologistsRoyal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists).

Guidelines for the Safe Prescribing, Dispensing and Administration of Cancer Chemotherapy aim to assist in the prevention of medication errors and to improve patient safety with respect to the treatment of cancer (Clinical Oncological Society of Australia).Clinical Oncological Society of Australia).

Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Psychosocial Care of Adults with CancerClinical Practice Guidelines for the Psychosocial Care of Adults with Cancer

Translating psychosocial care: guidelines into actionTranslating psychosocial care: guidelines into action

The National Comprehensive Cancer NetworkNational Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has Treatment Guidelines for Clinicians and pathways for care of cancers at different sites and stages. As these care pathways have been prepared by the American Cancer Society, there may be some differences in availability of treatments and Australian clinical guidelines.

These presentations highlight features of recently updated guidelines (you need to register for access this site, but it is free):

NCCN Colon and Rectal Cancers Guidelines UpdateNCCN Colon and Rectal Cancers Guidelines Update
Slide/Lecture Presentation, May 2009
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NCCN Kidney Cancer Guidelines UpdateNCCN Kidney Cancer Guidelines Update
Slide/Lecture Presentation, May 2009

The Oncology Nursing SocietyOncology Nursing Society (ONS) of America have a series of excellent “Putting Evidence into Practice” (PEP) Resources, updated in April 2009.

Fatigue During and Following Cancer and Its TreatmentFatigue During and Following Cancer and Its Treatment

Prevent, Manage, and Treat Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and VomitingPrevent, Manage, and Treat Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting

Prevention of InfectionPrevention of Infection

Sleep-Wake DisturbancesSleep-Wake Disturbances

Prevention and Management of Constipation in Patients With CancerPrevention and Management of Constipation in Patients With Cancer

DepressionDepression

Cancer-Related DyspneaCancer-Related Dyspnea

Management of Oral MucositisManagement of Oral Mucositis

Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral NeuropathyChemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

AnxietyAnxiety

Nursing Assessment and Interventions to Reduce Family Caregiver Strain and BurdenNursing Assessment and Interventions to Reduce Family Caregiver Strain and Burden

Lymphedema

DiarrheaDiarrhea

Patient Management FrameworksPatient Management Frameworks (Victoria Dept of Health) were developed to provide a consistent statewide approach to care management in each tumour stream and are intended to improve patient outcomes.

'Improving outcomes for patients’ guides
The Improving Patient OutcomesImproving Patient Outcomes PDF guides (under the 'Reports' heading of the Cancer Learning site) were produced in the UK and relate to the management and coordination of care of cancer patients. Tumour specific guides are included for Brain and Other CNS Tumours, Sarcoma,  Skin Tumours including Melanoma, Breast Cancer, Colorectal Cancers, Haematological Cancers, Head and Neck Cancers and Urological Cancers, with guides also included for Children and Young People with Cancer and Supportive and Palliative Care for Adults with Cancer.

 

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