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NILE Webinar: Immunization for Cancer Survivors

NILE Webinar: Immunization for Cancer Survivors
12:00 pm

Immunization of the cancer survivor can be a complex topic.  We will discuss the effect on the immune system of different treatment modalities such as radiation, chemotherapy, and biotherapy and how it may affect the patient's suitability for routine or travel vaccines. We will also provide an overview of "cancer vaccines", which are actually a form of immunotherapy and which may have a unique side effect profile.  Finally, we will address the following practical takeaways: specific immunization concerns for certain high risk groups including post stem cell transplant, survivors with respiratory compromise, pediatric considerations and the role of titers after immunosuppressive therapy.

Learning Objectives Include: 

At the end of this program, attendees will be able to:

  • Enrich their understanding of the use and timing of immunizations related to cancer treatment modalities.
  • Enhance their critical thinking skills for clinicians regarding absolute and relative contraindications for vaccines in cancer survivors.
  • Increase clinician confidence in identification of patients in the community with immunization gaps after cancer treatment.

Featured Presenter: Charmian Lykins, MPH, RN, OCN

Charmian Lykins is a Cancer Nurse Navigator at Renown Health Institute for Cancer where she provides coordination of care and educational support for breast cancer patients and cancer survivors. She lived and worked for over 10 years in Latin America and served as a clinic-based registered nurse in the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City. In this role, she managed the vaccination program for both scheduled and travel vaccines for Embassy staff and family members. She has also worked as an oncology certified and chemotherapy certified inpatient oncology nurse at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia. She earned her Master's in Public Health with an emphasis in Occupational and Environmental Health from Johns Hopkins University, as well as a BSN in Nursing from George Mason University and a BSB in Business Finance from the University of Minnesota.

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