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Guidelines give cancer extravasation advice

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New guidelines have been drawn up to help cancer nurses manage extravasations – which is caused by the leakage of fluids used in chemotherapy from blood vessels into surrounding tissue.
Although the condition is rare, occurring in 01%-1% of all anthracycline treatments, it can be extremely debilitating and requires immediate intervention from those administering the chemotherapy. Symptoms include pain at the intravenous site and local blistering.

The guidelines were unveiled at the 6th European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) Spring Convention, held in Geneva last week.

To look at the guidelines, click here.
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