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Poster Display session 3

3753 - Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) in a Functional Unit for Lung cancer at the Catalan Institute of Oncology


30 Sep 2019


Poster Display session 3


Isabel Brao


Annals of Oncology (2019) 30 (suppl_5): v846-v850. 10.1093/annonc/mdz277


I. Brao, M. Arellano, P. Fernandez

Author affiliations

  • Lung Functional Unit, Catalan Institute of Oncology. Hospital Duran i Reynals, 08908 - Barcelona/ES


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Abstract 3753


The advanced practice nurse (APN), with ability to apply evidence in an integrated framework, assumes new roles and acts as benchmark for patient and other professionals. In the last two decades, nurses have developed new advanced roles. There is international experience of the implementation for new model, and organizational ways by integrating and integrate interventions for EPA. High positive results in coordinating services and multidisciplinary teams, facilitate continuity of care resulting better quality of life and greater satisfaction for patients.


Descriptive study with patients treated in the functional unit of the Catalan Institute of Oncology in year 2018. After literature review on roles for nurses in lung cancer, we review number of interventions and activity carried out by EPA.


A total of 589 first cases lung cancer started their first treatment. Nurse visited 93.2% of them in the Lung Functional Unit (LFU). Type of treatment; surgical 26.41%, palliative chemotherapy 11.83%, concomitant chemo+ radiotherapy in 11.65%, immunotherapy 4.19%, TKis 3.1%, sequential chemo+radiotherapy 3.2%, neoadjuvant chemo 1.58%, chemo+immunotherapy 0.27%, neoadjuvant chemo+radiotherapy+surgery in 0.15% and the rest 37.62% with supportive or palliative treatment. A total of 2563 visits by nurse, 21.42% were first visits, 73.23% patients with active treatment and 4.7% that have completed the treatment but with some toxicity. A total of 3935 phone calls were attended by nurses, of which 81.19% were patients who made calls and 18.80% were nurses on phone for control. Derivation was resulting to emergency for 5.13% of patients. 87.79% cases presented in Lung tumors board needed coordination for visits and for complementary proves.


Incorporate the EPA in the multidisciplinary care helps to minimize complications, to improve coordination and avoid deviations of the care process. Key activities were: health education to patient and family on care and self-care, improve the compression of the disease, the treatment and the process, strengthen information, minimize problems and improve resources for the care process.

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The authors.


Has not received any funding.


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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