Interview with the Innovators

Spectrum of Symptoms in Patients Newly Diagnosed with Follicular Lymphoma and the Role of Optimal Coordination of Care at Initial Presentation



Tycel J. Phillips, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center
Ann Arbor, MI
Peg Rummel, MHA, RN, OCN, NE-BC
Oncology Nurse Navigator
Hematology/Head & Neck Clinical Services
University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center
Philadelphia, PA
Andrew D. Zelenetz, MD, PhD
Medical Oncologist and Medical Director
Quality Informatics, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College Chair, Lymphoma Research Foundation, Scientific Advisory Board
New York, NY

Dr Tycel Phillips provides an overview of the most common presenting clinical symptoms at the time of initial presentation of patients with follicular lymphoma (FL). Dr Andrew Zelenetz expands on this discussion by delineating the wide range of possible clinical manifestations, from complete lack of symptoms—whereby FL is found incidentally, for example during routine imaging—to severe and debilitating B-symptoms. Ms Peg Rummel emphasizes the role of nurses and nurse navigators, as members of a multidisciplinary clinical team, in directing patients to the appropriate HCP, as well as educate them on the value of tumor tissue biopsy for a definitive diagnosis of FL, which is a prerequisite to the delivery of appropriate therapy.

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