Navigating CAR-T Survivorship

In this latest episode of ASTCT Talks, Cory M. Edgar, DMSc, PA-C, sits down with Sarah Fitzmaurice, APRN, where they delve into the evolving landscape of survivorship care, particularly in the realm of CAR T-cell therapy. They discuss the development of CAR T-specific protocols, emphasizing the importance of post-treatment monitoring and patient education. They also explore the challenges of defining survivorship, the multidisciplinary nature of care, and insights into late effects, deconditioning, cognitive changes, and psychological concerns beyond the first year.

Tune into this episode of ASTCT Talks for a deep dive into the complexities and triumphs of survivorship care in the post-CAR T-cell therapy era.

About Sarah Fitzmaurice, APRN
Sarah Fitzmaurice, APRN, is a Nurse Practitioner at the University of Kansas Cancer Center Hematological Malignancies and Cellular Therapeutics. She has practice in transplant and cell therapy for over 10 years, as well as experience with inpatient, outpatient, and apheresis clinical management of patients. For the last 4 years, she has specialized in Cancer Survivorship for patients after stem cell transplant and cellular therapy. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saint Luke’s Nursing School and worked as an RN in hematology/oncology for 7 years. She attained her Master’s of Science in Nursing as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner at KU’s School of Nursing in 2013. She holds certifications as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Blood and Marrow Transplant Certified Nurse, and Tobacco Treatment Specialist. Her interests include late effects and quality of life following stem cell transplant and cellular therapies.

About Cory Edgar DMSc, PA-C

Cory Edgar DMSc, PA-C, is a physician assistant at the AdventHealth Orlando Blood and Marrow Transplant Center. He established the AdventHealth HCT Survivorship Program and has served as the principal provider of the clinic since 2020. He also holds a joint appointment as an Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies at AdventHealth University. He serves on multiple APP initiatives within ASTCT, including the APP Steering Committee and chairs the APP Research subcommittee. Cory received his undergraduate training at the University of Florida , Master in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center, and his Doctor of Medical Science from the University of Lynchburg.   His research interests include simulation in PA education, hematologic malignancies, cancer survivorship, and APP utilization in oncology specialties.