Oncology Nurse from The Cancer Institute of New Jersey Shares Expertise on Symptom Management at National Conference

April 30, 2012
New Brunswick, N.J. – Improving patient care and optimizing patient outcomes are continuing goals of oncology nurses -- goals which are usually achievable through enhanced nursing education. Nursing education not only comes through formal higher education programs, but also from peer level experts in the field. At the Annual Congress of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) being held this week in New Orleans, a member of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey's (CINJ) nursing leadership will be sharing her expertise with thousands of oncology nurses from around the country. CINJ is a Center of Excellence of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

The annual conference features presentations and poster sessions as well as panel discussions and workshops targeted at enhancing the knowledge base of oncology nurses. One such session will be led by CINJ's Associate Director of Nursing and Patient Education Leah Scaramuzzo, MSN, RN-BC, AOCN, who will present "Enhancing Symptom Management: A New Approach."

Utilizing pilot data from a national sample of breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, Scaramuzzo will lead session participants in a discussion and exploration of this sample population, so that nurses will further recognize how they can improve patient care. Scaramuzzo will also provide participants with her own expertise, the latest information and resource tools that are critical to improving symptom management for patients.

Scaramuzzo, who has been in the oncology nursing profession for two decades, is responsible for developing and disseminating easy-to-understand education information to clinical nursing professionals. "Because of constant changes in clinical practice, it is vital for oncology nurses to not only remain up to date in their education, but also to be well versed. Peer-to-peer education is extremely valuable to those of us in the profession, as it gives us an opportunity to benefit from each other's experience," she said.

Scaramuzzo also was selected as an ONS Foundation Institutes of Learning Conference Scholarship recipient for this year's annual meeting.

About The Cancer Institute of New Jersey
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey ( is the state's first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center dedicated to improving the detection, treatment and care of patients with cancer, and serving as an education resource for cancer prevention. CINJ’s physician-scientists engage in translational research, transforming their laboratory discoveries into clinical practice, quite literally bringing research to life. To make a tax-deductible gift to support CINJ, call 732-235-8614 or visit CINJ is a Center of Excellence of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Follow us on Facebook at

The CINJ Network is comprised of hospitals throughout the state and provides the highest quality cancer care and rapid dissemination of important discoveries into the community. Flagship Hospital: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. System Partner: Meridian Health (Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center, and Bayshore Community Hospital). Major Clinical Research Affiliate Hospitals: Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Medical Center, Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Overlook Medical Center, and Cooper University Hospital. Affiliate Hospitals: CentraState Healthcare System, JFK Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton (CINJ Hamilton), Somerset Medical Center, The University Hospital/UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School*, and University Medical Center at Princeton. *Academic Affiliate

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