Oncological emergency: Brain metastases and associated complications
We’ve released a new module in our oncological emergencies rapid learning series.
Brain metastases are associated with a poor prognosis and reduced quality of life, and may lead to complications such as increased intracranial pressure, seizure, haemorrhage and neurocognitive decline.
This rapid learning will help you to:
- recognise the signs and symptoms of brain metastases and associated complications
- assess the severity
- initiate the right interventions and escalate care appropriately
Learn more in the new rapid learning →
Rapid learning committee call-out
Are you interested in contributing to future rapid learnings? Join our rapid learning review committee today!
Email Lisa.McLean@health.nsw.gov.au to express your interest.
Lessening cancer burden in multicultural communities
We know that some communities in NSW experience higher cancer risk and poorer outcomes than others, so what can we do to reach those communities?
In Episode 5 of our Rapid Listening series, we hear from Sheetal Challam, Multicultural Strategic Advisor at the Cancer Institute NSW, who hosts this forum on how to develop resources, co-design with our consumers, and deliver a successful, culturally appropriate campaign.
This episode is a live recording from a Forum held with the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service.
Learn more in Rapid Listening - Episode 5 →
Information for multicultural communities
Under the guidance of Multicultural Strategic Advisor, Sheetal Challam, and with the help of a Multicultural Working Group and a multitude of stakeholders, the Cancer Institute's Patient Information team have recently published a new resource.
The Multicultural Communities web page is available in 8 languages for people in those communities with cancer, and those supporting them. There is also an English version of the page to help you recommend what's appropriate.
Visit Patient Information's Multicultural Communities page to see the translated information and languages available.
COVID-19 and cancer treatment
People with cancer and cancer survivors may be at increased risk of infection and complications from COVID-19. The information about COVID-19 is changing rapidly and you might be finding it challenging to keep up-to-date.
eviQ Education has collated some useful links for health professionals and patients which you can use to stay up-to-date as the situation evolves. Visit the eviQ COVID-19 and cancer treatment post for more information.
The impact of COVID-19 is evolving rapidly. We are aware of the increasing pressures facing the health care system and individual clinicians. Firstly, we want to assure you that we’re going to continue to release resources that support you in your role caring for people with cancer.
To ensure we don’t add to current pressures, however, we will not be initiating any new projects requiring clinical committee involvement during this time. The rapid learning and rapid listening series, and projects already in progress, will continue. Extended review periods will ensure that those clinicians already involved have plenty of extra time to participate.
Please contact Lisa.McLean@health.nsw.gov.au with any queries or concerns, or to advise us that you are no longer able to continue in any reviews you are involved in.
... and remember, keep calm, wash your hands and think of Queen.
Facilitator in focus
“We are continually trying to support patients in any way possible”
Tess became involved in cancer care after three years as a paediatric RN. She has worked for five years in the cancer care unit, and began facilitation six months ago. Her team are regular eviQ Education users.
“At Hervey Bay, we use eviQ Education as the main tool to maintain our continuing professional development (CPD) in clinical practice—administering chemotherapy and supportive medications. We also use eviQ clinical resources for patient education and side effects.”
Tess enjoys the fact that oncology nursing is continually growing, and there is always something new and innovative to improve patient care. She says “The ability to support and improve a patient’s cancer journey is a privilege and an honour, and I love every part of it.”
Although Tess finds patient suffering a significant challenge of the role, she says “we are continually trying to support patients in any way possible by referring to multi-disciplinary teams and integrating supportive medication to reduce side effects.”
Tess’s tips for facilitators:
- Everyone learns differently, always try to accommodate all learning needs to increase the best outcomes for the patient.
- Keep being brave, ask the hard questions and remember that it is all for the patient in the end.
eviQ protocol updates
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Rapid Listening series - As well as on our website, you can also find our podcasts and listen or subscribe on Spotify or Google Podcasts.
Facilitator training (online webinars): Register for our next online facilitator training:
- ADAC Q & A sessions - Tuesday 7th April 2020 - 10.00 am – 11.00 am (AEST)
- Introduction to ADAC - Wednesday 8th April 2020 - 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm (AEST)
- Introduction to ADAC in the non cancer setting - Thursday 9th April 2020 - 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm (AEST)
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Q: Can I print out learning modules?
A: Our learning modules are built to be interactive and completed online.
We know it can be handy to have print-outs to refer to later though, so our rapid learning modules and some of our larger courses come with key point summary PDFs which you can print or save for easy reference. Access the brain metastases summary sheet and keep your eye out for more.
Did you know?
Brain metastases can occur in up to 20-40% of advanced stage cancers.
This common complication in cancer, left untreated, results in a median survival of one month.
Brain metastases are also associated with reduced quality of life.
View our latest rapid learning now →