Desensitization Protocols in the Outpatient Setting

With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the limited availability of inpatient beds and nursing resources, institutions have had to develop new protocols to perform desensitization in the outpatient setting. If patients are unable to access timely desensitization, the only other choice is for a change to be made in their treatment plan. This is not ideal, especially in the setting where a patient is responding to therapy. Continued education in outpatient desensitization will allow institutions to adapt their protocols and adjust to the ever-changing landscape of cancer care.

Target Audience

This program is designed to meet the educational needs of oncology nurses who manage patients with cancer.

Learning Objectives

Following this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss hypersensitivity reactions and the growing role of outpatient desensitization protocols.
  • Review the benefits and challenges associated with transitioning desensitization to the outpatient setting.
  • Address future considerations for the role of desensitization protocols in the outpatient setting.
Additional information

This activity is supported by educational grants from:

  • AstraZeneca
  • Epizyme Inc.
  • Genentech, a member of the Roche Group
  • Novartis
  • Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie Company and Janssen Biotech, Inc., administered by Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC
  • Pfizer Inc.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 ANCC contact hours
  • 0.75 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Emely Alfaro, RN, MSN, CNS, OCN
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center


NCCN Continuing Education Disclosure Policy

It is the policy of NCCN that all planners, faculty, moderators, authors, reviewers and anyone involved in the planning and delivery of NCCN continuing education activities are expected to disclose ALL financial relationships they have had in the past 24 months with ineligible companies. The ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence require that individuals who refuse to provide this information will be disqualified from involvement in the planning and implementation of accredited continuing education presented by NCCN. NCCN identifies, mitigates, and discloses to learners all relevant financial relationships.

In addition, all content has been reviewed to ensure education promotes safe, effective patient care and does not promote the products or services of an ineligible company. Content, including any presentation of therapeutic options, is fair, balanced, evidence-based, scientifically accurate, and free of commercial bias and marketing. 


Ineligible Company: An ineligible company is any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. 

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Faculty Disclaimers

All faculty for this continuing education activity are competent in the subject matter and qualified by experience, training, and/or preparation for the tasks and methods of delivery.

Faculty presentations may include discussion of off-label use. Faculty will disclose that the use in question is not currently approved by the FDA per the product labeling or marketing.

Faculty Disclosures

Presenting Faculty

The faculty listed below have no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

Emely Alfaro, RN, MSN, CNS, OCN


The faculty listed below have no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

Amanda E. Visnick, RN, BSN, OCN

NCCN Staff Disclosures 

The planners listed below have the following relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose. All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated.

Crystal Denlinger, MD, FACP
Agios, Inc.: Grant/Research Support
Amgen Inc.: Grant/Research Support
Astellas Pharma US, Inc.: Scientific Advisor
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP: Grant/Research Support
BeiGene: Scientific Advisor; Grant/Research Support
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company: Scientific Advisor; Grant/Research Support
Eli Lilly and Company: Grant/Research Support
Exelixis Inc.: Scientific Advisor; Grant/Research Support
Genmab: Grant/Research Support
MacroGenics: Grant/Research Support
MedImmune Inc: Grant/Research Support
Merck & Co., Inc.: Scientific Advisor
sanofi-aventis U.S.: Grant/Research Support
Taiho Pharmaceutials Co., Ltd.: Scientific Advisor
Zymeworks: Scientific Advisor; Grant/Research Support

Samantha L. Tamburro, RN, BSN, CPON
Flatiron Health, Inc.: Salary

None of the other planners for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

In support of improving patient care, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

NCCN designates this educational activity for a maximum of 0.75 contact hour.

Available Credit

  • 0.75 ANCC contact hours
  • 0.75 Participation


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