Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Committee

The Nurses & Allied Health Professionals Committee ensures that IASLC addresses the needs of nurses & allied health professionals involved in thoracic oncology. This committee comprehensively addresses the educational, research and related needs of nurses and allied health professionals as members of the thoracic oncology team and as IASLC members.
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Nurses and Allied Health Professionals include: statisticians/bio-statisticians, case managers, clinical nurse specialists, dentists, dieticians and nutritionists, infusion nurses, lung cancer nurse specialists, nurse navigators, nurses, occupational therapists, palliative care nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, physiotherapists, radiation oncology nurses, radiation technologists, respiratory therapists, psychologists, social workers, speech and language therapists, and surgical nursing specialists.

Chair of Committee

Maria Ftanou
Maria Ftanou
2021 to present

Committee projects

Developing Educational Materials

Developing educational materials such as webinars and resource guides to support nurses and allied health professionals in their delivery of multidisciplinary lung cancer care

Guidance for management of side effects during immunotherapy

Committee members participate in educational events and contribute ILCN articles regarding identification and management of immunotherapy side effects.

Educational programs and mentorships for career development NAHP Committee Activities

The Nursing and Allied Health Professionals Committee works to create early-career opportunities and close educational gaps in thoracic oncology.

The School of Thoracic Oncology Nursing and Allied Health Professionals

The School of Thoracic Oncology Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, held at the IASLC Latin America Conference to train local nurses on better outcomes for patients with lung cancer.

Scholarships to fund International Mentorship Program for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals

This committee recognizes the value of mentorship and works to provide these relationships, even across oceans.

Lectureship Awards for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals for the WCLC

The IASLC Lectureship Award for Nursing and Allied Health is awarded each year for excellence in one of many related fields. The 2019 recipient was Kahren White for occupational therapy.

Videos and tip sheets

Videos and tip sheets to demonstrate the value of Allied Health Professionals as an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team

Support for clinicians in managing fear of progression and survivorship in lung cancer

Psychosocial concerns can be more present than biological side effects during therapy and survivorship. This committee strives to provide guidance for physicians in dealing effectively and empathetically with these issues.


Maria Ftanou
Peter MacCallum Cancer Center
Committee Chair
Melissa Culligan
United States
University of Maryland Medical Center
Past Chair
Morten Quist
University hospital Copenhagen
Board Liaison
Kristin Richeimer
United States
International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
Staff Liaison
Andreas Charalambous
Cyprus University of Technology
Committee Member
Sara McLaughlin-Barrett
Monash Medical Centre
Committee Member
Michelle Turner
United States
Univ of MD Medical Center
Committee Member
Whitney Lewis
United States
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Committee Member
Jacqui Frowen
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Committee Member
Nicole Kiss
Deakin University
Committee Member

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