Lymphoma therapy and adverse events: Nursing strategies for thinking critically and acting decisively

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BACKGROUND: Multiple treatment options, combined with disease heterogeneity, have created nursing challenges in the management of adverse events (AEs) during antilymphoma therapy. Testing has revealed that less than half of participating nurses correctly graded peripheral neuropathy and neutropenia related to antilymphoma regimens. OBJECTIVES: This article identifies nursing challenges in the management of AEs associated with therapy for lymphomas and describes how strategies in critical thinking can help meet those challenges. METHODS: A comprehensive literature search in oncology nursing, nursing education, and critical thinking was conducted; participant responses to pre- and post-tests at nursing education programs were evaluated; and a roundtable meeting of authors was convened. FINDINGS: Oncology nurses can cultivate critical thinking skills, practice thinking critically in relation to team members and patients, leverage information from the Patient-Reported Outcomes Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events, and manage workflow to allow more opportunity for critical thinking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-12
Number of pages11
JournalClinical journal of oncology nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2017


  • Adverse events
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Lymphoma
  • Nursing assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Oncology(nursing)


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