As a nurse practitioner in oncology, I have the privilege of working in the CHOP Specialty Care Center in King of Prussia where our team of experienced physicians, oncology nurses, social worker and support staff provides care for children and adolescents with childhood cancer and blood disorders in a suburban clinic closer to your home. Our team provides expert, comprehensive clinical care to patients and families from diagnosis through treatment and after treatment follow up, in coordination with our colleagues in oncology at CHOP Main.
You are an expert in your child’s care and we will teach you how to be an expert in the care of your child receiving cancer treatment, and to minimize the short- and long-term adverse effects of this therapy. In addition to cancer symptom management and supportive care, I have a special interest in childhood development. Specifically, in maintaining your child’s developmental potential during treatment and beyond.
Your family is a pivotal member of our family-centered team where we respect the strengths and diversity of each member. Our focus in outpatient care is maintaining as much normalcy in your family life as possible during this cancer therapy -- having your child receive treatment while also being able to excel in school, sports and community activities as much as possible.
Selected Publications, Honors and Professional Activities
Memberships in professional organizations
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses
Belfield P, Dwyer A. Oral complications of childhood cancer and its treatment: current best practice. Eur J Cancer. 2004 May;40(7):1035-41; discussion 1042-4. Cited in PubMed; PMID 15093579. Read the abstract
Poster and presentations
Speaker at APHON conference on research in nursing practice
ALSF Nursing Award for funded research project: “Assessing the Relationship between Physical Activity, Fatigue and Health Related Quality of Life in children receiving cancer Treatment.”
Belfield P. Leukemia: the zebra in primary care [presentation]. 11th Annual APN Conference; 2010; Philadelphia, PA.
Belfield P. Update on childhood leukemia [presentation]. Society of Pediatric Nurses Regional Conference; 2006.
- Education and Training
MSN - Gwynedd Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA
Pediatric Primary Care
BSN - Gwynedd Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA
- Titles and Academic Titles
Oncology Nurse Practitioner
- Centers and Programs