CPD articles

Our continuing professional development (CPD) articles are designed to assist with your nursing skills and practice.

Prehabilitation in cancer care: preparing people for treatment physically and mentally

Prehabilitation in cancer care: preparing people for treatment physically and mentally

The principles of prehabilitation in cancer care and its benefits for people with cancer

Adult primary brain tumours: presentation, diagnosis, treatment and complications

Adult primary brain tumours: presentation, diagnosis, treatment and complications

Outline of the WHO classification of such tumours, and their treatment and predicted outcomes

Protecting nurses against the risks of occupational exposure to systemic anticancer...

A reflection on health risks associated with handling systemic anticancer therapy agents

Open access

Abemaciclib▼ for the treatment of hormone receptor-positive (HR+), human epidermal...

Use of CDK4 and CDK6 inhibitors in patients with breast cancer

Oral care of patients in the cancer setting

Oral care of patients in the cancer setting

Oral complications can cause distress, long-term complications and increased morbidity

A nurse-led review of patient experience for development of quality services

A nurse-led review of patient experience for development of quality services

A systematic approach for nurses at any level or experience to engage with service evaluation

Enhancing well-being and building resilience in people living with cancer part 2: a central role for nurses

Enhancing well-being and building resilience in people living with cancer part 2: a...

Receiving a new diagnosis of cancer or of its recurrence is distressing and there are increasing numbers of people living with the disease, some taking continuous treatment, as well as others who have been cured. Living with cancer and the possibility of recurrence requires psychological strength to deal with the treatment, effects of the illness and uncertainty about the future. The attributes of self-efficacy and psychological well-being can reduce the effects of chronic stress. Excellent symptom control is essential and fatigue, the most prevalent and often most distressing symptom for those with cancer, requires targeted support. Well-being and psychological resilience may be improved by specific actions and psychological approaches, some of which are encompassed by Foresight Mental Capital and Well-being Project’s (2008) five ways to well-being framework, which can be used to deliver personalised care. This is the second of a two-part article that reviews interventions promoting well-being and resilience in patients living with cancer. It describes the framework and suggests practical ways in which clinicians can integrate it and other interventions into clinical practice. It also offers time out exercises and a multiple choice quiz to aid readers’ learning and test their knowledge.

Developing best practice cancer treatment summary templates

Developing best practice cancer treatment summary templates

There is increasing recognition of the importance of making the Recovery Package available to more people affected by cancer. The cancer treatment summary is one of the core components of the Recovery Package and aims to improve communication between secondary and primary care, and help patients manage their care following treatment. The Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon and Gloucestershire Cancer Alliance is developing a suite of best practice treatment summary templates for each cancer site to improve the quality of the information in the documents, and to support cancer teams to begin the process of introducing them to practice.

Oral vinorelbine: a practical approach

Oral vinorelbine: a practical approach to patient management

Oral vinorelbine has been a well-established cytotoxic treatment for non-small cell lung cancer and metastatic breast cancer since 2004. This article summarises the applications of the drug, the advantages and challenges of using an oral agent in palliative oncology settings and how oral vinorelbine has been used to develop nurse-led services and chemotherapy outside traditional hospital environments. The article includes two case studies to place this treatment in a clinical context.

Care planning

Advance care planning: considerations for clinical practice

Advance care planning (ACP) is a process of establishing a person’s preferences and wishes, which can then be used to inform future care. These conversations are often held with a healthcare professional and may include a family member. ACP is one method of promoting person-centred care and respecting choice when a person may have lost capacity and be unable to communicate what matters to them. This article aims to explore the advantages of, and challenges to, the ACP process in the context of end of life care. It examines the practicalities of establishing patients’ preferences and wishes from a clinical perspective. Fictitious case studies based on numerous clinical encounters are used to illustrate the complexities of this process.


Practical experience with rituximab subcutaneous

Treatment regimens involving the monoclonal anti-CD20 antibody rituximab are the standard of care for patients with CD20-positive non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). It has conventionally been given by intravenous (IV) infusion, which requires intermittent patient monitoring during administration. A subcutaneous (SC) formulation is also available for the treatment of NHL, which takes less time to administer and could simplify treatment. With the newer formulation available, there is an ongoing need for education and understanding from the patient’s and the healthcare professional’s perspective. The authors review their personal experience of rituximab IV and SC formulations together with data on their safety, and provide an overview of the use of SC formulation in daily nursing practice.

Oral chemotherapy

Use of olaparib in BRCA mutation-positive ovarian cancer

Nurses should understand the role and purpose of the new generation of therapies available for patients with cancer. One such drug is the poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibitor olaparib (Lynparza™▼). As it becomes available, it will be important for nurses to understand how it works, how to anticipate any side effects and how to manage these effectively. This article describes the importance of BRCA gene mutations in women with ovarian cancer and introduces olaparib, a targeted agent for use in these women in accordance with its label indication.

Myelodysplastic syndromes: update and nursing considerations

This article provides nurses with an update on diagnosis, management and care of patients...

Reducing medication errors in nursing practice

Preventing medication errors is essential to maintain a safe healthcare system

Supporting delivery of the recovery package for people living with and beyond cancer

Survivorship is an important issue in cancer care in the UK. More people are being diagnosed...

An overview of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a heterogeneous group of lymphoproliferative malignancies with...

Promoting quality of life for patients with myeloma

This article aims to provide nurses with an update of best practice in caring for patients...

Six steps to teaching cancer patients

There are compelling reasons why nurses should be engaged in teaching patients who have...