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Colleen Callahan, RN, MSN, CRNP

Nurse Practitioner

I have worked as a nurse practitioner in the Division of Oncology since 2000. My area of specialty is general oncology. During my years as a nurse practitioner I have taken care of patients with solid tumors, leukemias, and lymphomas. Over the past few years my role has focused more on caring for patients with leukemia and lymphoma. On the inpatient unit my role involved coordinating and providing care for children newly diagnosed with cancer and for those continuing treatment for cancer. Important aspects of my role included providing anticipatory guidance, teaching and educating patients and families, and providing consistency and continuity of care.

In my current role I am a member of the CART team. CART is new exciting therapy which involves engineering a patient’s T cells to enable them to target CD 19 + B cell leukemia. I am involved in following the patients throughout their experience here at CHOP from their initial consultation visit, T cell collection, T cell infusion, and monitoring and follow-up after T cell infusion. I am involved with the care of relapsed leukemia patients who come to CHOP for Phase 1/2 studies. In addition I also coordinate stem cell collections.

I have presented many lectures that focus on various general oncology topics including leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, CART 19, neuroblastoma, osteosarcoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, Ewing’s sarcoma and stem cell collection.

I am the Nursing representative for a Children’s Oncology Group study which is comparing two different antifungal medications used to prevent fungal infections in patients with AML.

Selected Publications, Honors and Professional Activities

Editorial and academic positions

Academic positions

2011, Children's Oncology Group, Developed Family Protocol Summary for ACCL0933 for COG website
2009, Children's Oncology Group, Nurse Representative for ACCL0933

Memberships in professional organizations

2000-present, Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
2000-present, Children's Oncology Group
1999-present, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
1993-present, Oncology Nursing Society
1992-present, Sigma Theta Tau

Original papers

2012

Grupp, S.A., Prak, E.L., Boyer, J., McDonald, K.R., Shusterman, S., Thompson, E., Callahan, C., Jawad, A.F., Levine, B.L., June, C.H., Sullivan, K.E. 2012. Adoptive Transfer of Autologous T Cells Improves T-Cell Repertoire Diversity and Long-Term B-Cell Function in Pediatric Patients with Neuroblastoma. Clinical Cancer Research.

2004

Callahan C, DeLaCruz H. Central line placement for the pediatric oncology patient: a model of advanced practice nurse collaboration. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2004 Jan;21(1):16-21. Cited in PubMed; PMID 15058402. Read the abstract

Powell JL, Bunin NJ, Callahan C, Aplenc R, Griffin G, Grupp SA. An unexpectedly high incidence of Epstein-Barre virus lymphoproliferative disease after CD34+ selected autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplant in neuroblastoma. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2004 Mar;33(6):651-7. Cited in PubMed; PMID 14730339. Read the abstract

2003

Callahan C, DeLaCruz  H. Central line placement for the pediatric oncology patient: a model of advanced practice nurse collaboration.
J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2004 Jan;21(1):16-21. Cited in PubMed; PMID 15058402. Read the abstract

Posters and presentations

2012

Callahan C. Non-Hodgkins lymphoma [presentation]. Graduate Nursing Program, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; 2012 fall; Philadelphia, PA.

Callahan C. Acute myeloid leukemia [presentation]. Graduate Nursing Program, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; 2012 fall; Philadelphia, PA.

Callahan C. CART 19 [presentation]. Graduate Nursing Program, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; 2012 fall; Philadelphia, PA.

2011

Powell S, Storey B, Gross K, Callahan C, Lewi, S, Manek M, et al. Applying the sterile cockpit to chemotherapy and high risk medications: creation of safety zones [presentation]. National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI); 2011 Mar; Baltimore, MD.

2010

Callahan C. Non-Hodgkins lymphoma [presentation]. Graduate Nursing Program, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; 2010 fall; Philadelphia, PA.

Callahan C. Acute myeloid leukemia [presentation]. Graduate Nursing Program, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; 2010 fall; Philadelphia, PA.

2009

Callahan C. Leukemia [presentation]. Physical Therapy Department, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; 2009; Philadelphia, PA.

2008

Callahan C. Patients for stem cell transplants [presentation]. Apheresis Program, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; 2008; Philadelphia, PA.

Callahan C. Neuroblastoma [presentation]. Interventional Radiology, Sedation Unit Nurses, IV Team, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; 2008; Philadelphia, PA.

2006

Callahan C. Sarcoma [presentation]. Post Orientation Lecture Series for Newly Hired Oncology Nurses, The Children's  Hospital of Philadelphia; 2006 fall; Philadelphia, PA.

2005

Callahan C. The inpatient pediatric nurse practitioner: a comprehensive care model that provides continuity of care as well as education for patients, families, and nurses [poster]. Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses 29th Annual Conference; 2005 Sep 15-17; Portland, OR.

Callahan C. The permanent inpatient nurse practitioner role in pediatric oncology ensuring clinical support for patients, families, and nurses involved in clinical trials [poster]. Children's Oncology Group Conference; 2005 Oct 25-29; Dallas, TX.

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