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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


advanced practice nurse  listen  (ad-VANST PRAK-tis ...)

  A registered nurse who has additional education and training in how to diagnose and treat disease. Advanced practice nurses are licensed at the state level and certified by national nursing organizations. In cancer care, an advanced practice nurse may manage the primary care of patients and their families, based on a practice agreement with a doctor. Also called APN, NP, and nurse practitioner.