Nursing Advisory Board

The Nursing Advisory Board is comprised of nursing and allied health professionals practicing in cancer research centers throughout the US and UK with expertise in care of patients with cholangiocarcinoma. Their goal is to advance the scientific knowledge of the symptom experience and quality of life of patients with cholangiocarcinoma. This is being accomplished through collaboration with the Medical Advisory Board in the development and publication of Clinical Nursing Practice Guidelines (CNPG’s) for patients with cholangiocarcinoma. The CNPG’s include essential content for practice to enable the nurse to feel confident and competent in the care of patients with cholangiocarcinoma. The Nursing Advisory Board conducted a systematic review to assess the current state of nursing knowledge consistent with national standards and guidelines of care previously established along with current institutional practice. The CNPG’s model utilizes the nursing process with a summarized guideline format to include Goals/Outcomes of Care, Assessment and Interventions with references for each. References have been reviewed utilizing the John Hopkins Nursing Evidence Rating Scale. The CNPG’s available are:

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Lorraine Drapek FNP-BC, AOCNP


Massachusetts General Hospital
Gastrointestinal Radiation Oncology


Karen Driskill, MS, RN


Instructor, School of Nursing, State University of New York at Delhi


Crystal Denlinger, MD, FACP

Medical Advisor

Senior Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)


Paige Griffith, CRNP

GI Oncology Nurse Practitioner
Skip Viragh Outpatient Cancer Center
The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Johns Hopkins Hospital


Laura LaPaglia Swift, BSN, RN

Carolina Medical Center
HPB Nurse Navigator


Kaitlyn R. Musto, PA-C, MSPAS

Mayo Clinic


Natasha Pinheiro, MSN, CNS, AGPCNP-BC, AOCNS

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


Leslie Swanson, AGPCNP-BC

University of Washington/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

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