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Multiple factors influence the role and responsibilities of NP’s in oncology: setting, state regulations, payer requirements, financial issues, physician support and patient buy-in. NP’s provide benefit to oncology settings by providing direct patient care, in coordination of care and by providing additional services. NP’s provide care across the cancer continuum from prevention and detection services, to inpatient care, outpatient clinics, assisting in surgical practices, radiation oncology, specialty care, end of life and palliative care, survivorship care and research.

Direct care: assist with new patient appointments, conduct follow-up visits, symptom management, routine procedures, manage cancer treatments.

Care coordination: manage preauthorizations, call coverage, admission and discharge care, and supervise treatment administration, navigation services.

Additional services: Survivorship clinics, clinical trials, oral chemotherapy, tissue banking, palliative care, operate satellite facility, provide patient and staff education.