As a genitourinary medical oncologist specializing in immunotherapy for kidney and bladder cancers, I am continually striving for more ways to connect with and learn from my patients. The emerging availability of immuno-oncology (IO) drugs for the conditions I treat, as well as many other cancer types, has generated tremendous excitement amongst patients and oncologists, but there still is so much we don’t know.
Emergency physicians are partners in providing care to your acutely ill patients. Since emergency physicians’ experience with and exposure to the novel immunotherapies is relatively limited, it is important that ED physicians and nurses are aware of the indications for these agents and informed on potential acute and chronic complications of immunotherapy for cancer.
Survivorship care planning requires communication, care coordination, and education. Since immune-related adverse events are still being discovered, these discussions are even more imperative.