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Symptoms of Malignant Fungating Wounds and Impact on Functional Performance: Putting Evidence Into Practice


Dr. Charles P. Tilley graduated with a master of science degree from Russell Sage College in 1993 as an Adult Nurse Practitioner/Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner from NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing in 2009, with a post-master’s certificate in wound, ostomy, and continence nursing (WOCN) from La Salle University in 2011, and with a PhD in nursing from NYU Meyers in 2022. His research interests include palliative wound care and hospice workforce development. He brings 30 years of clinical experience including critical care, oncology, and most recently community-based palliative care and acute inpatient hospice as a hospice attending, nurse scientist, and WOCN. He has acted as a palliative care consultant for local and international foundations and started a palliative care education consulting firm, International Advanced Practice Palliative Care Partners, in 2014. A nurse educator for over 27 years, Dr. Tilley has taught in both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs since 1995; he is currently the Assistant Director of Graduate Simulation at NYU Meyers. 

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

Individuals with advanced cancer and malignant fungating wounds suffer from high wound and non—-wound related symptom burdens that can lead to functional performance impairment. Comprehensive, evidence-based symptom assessment and utilization of a palliative wound care framework, PALCARE, are key in developing an effective plan of care to limit functional impairment. This session will provide recent, preliminary descriptive findings from a multiple methods study and utilize this evidence to explore a breast cancer case study.