Chemotherapy intravenously in children with cancer at home, the nurse practitioner makes it possible!

N. T.M. Kok, A. C. Ligthart-Beukhof, M. D. van de Wetering

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Background: Currently the entire treatment of a child with cancer is carried out in a specialized hospital. It would be ideal to conduct part of the treatment at home. This can only be done with adequately trained personnel. In the Netherlands, specialized pediatric oncology home care nurse practitioners have been trained to deliver this kind of care. Therefore, a pilot study was conducted to administer intravenous chemotherapy at home. Purpose: This study aimed to safely administer chemotherapy intravenously (iv) at home by specialized nurse practitioners and aimed to increase the quality of life (QOL) of the child and decrease the social burden in families with a child with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Method: The pilot study was performed by well-trained home care nurse practitioners. Low-dose methotrexate iv and low-dose cytarabine iv were administered to 11 included children with ALL in their home environment. Results: QOL increased whereas social burden decreased for patients and parents. Chemotherapy administration in the home environment was safe with the help of well-trained nurse practitioners. Conclusion: It is feasible to administer intravenous chemotherapy at home in a safe and efficient way. The role of the specialized pediatric oncology nurse practitioner is an essential one.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)4389-4391
Aantal pagina's3
TijdschriftSupportive Care in Cancer
Nummer van het tijdschrift12
StatusGepubliceerd - 1 dec. 2019


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