Current Role at Stanford

Nurse Practitioner
Stanford Cancer Survivorship Program Manager

Institute Affiliations

Service, Volunteer and Community Work

  • Patient Care Services Committee, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (1999)


    Silicon Valley Chapter


Professional Interests

Cancer survivorship, hematolgic malignancies, nurse practitioner practice

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Member, Oncology Nursing Society (1992 - Present)
  • Member, American Society of Clinical Oncologists (2013 - Present)


All Publications

  • Health behaviors and needs of melanoma survivors SUPPORTIVE CARE IN CANCER Palesh, O., Aldridge-Gerry, A., Bugos, K., Pickham, D., Chen, J. J., Greco, R., Swetter, S. M. 2014; 22 (11): 2973-2980
  • Health behaviors and needs of melanoma survivors. Supportive care in cancer Palesh, O., Aldridge-Gerry, A., Bugos, K., Pickham, D., Chen, J. J., Greco, R., Swetter, S. M. 2014; 22 (11): 2973-2980


    Little is known about melanoma survivors' long-term symptoms, sun protection practices, and support needs from health providers.Melanoma survivors treated at Stanford Cancer Center from 1995 through 2011 were invited to complete a heath needs survey. We compared responses of survivors by sex, education, time since diagnosis (long-term vs. short-term survivors), and extent of treatment received (wide local excision (WLE) alone versus WLE plus additional surgical or medical treatment (WLE+)).One hundred sixty melanoma survivors (51 % male; 61 % long-term; 73 % WLE+) provided evaluable data. On average, patients were 62 years of age (SD = 14), highly educated (75 % college degree), and Caucasian (94 %). Overall, participants rated anxiety as the most prevalent symptom (34 %). Seventy percent reported that their health provider did not address their symptoms, and 53 % requested education about melanoma-specific issues. Following treatment, women spent significantly less time seeking a tan compared with men (p = 0.01), had more extremity swelling (p = 0.014), and expressed higher need for additional services (p = 0.03). Long-term survivors decreased their use of tanning beds (p = 0.03) and time spent seeking a tan (p = 0.002) and were less likely to receive skin screening every 3-6 months (p < 0.001) compared with short-term survivors. WLE+ survivors reported greater physical long-term effects than WLE survivors (p ≤ 0.001) following treatment.Melanoma survivors experience continuing symptoms long after treatment, namely anxiety, and they express a need for information about long-term melanoma effects, psychosocial support, and prevention of further skin cancer.

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s00520-014-2286-0

    View details for PubMedID 24879390

  • Multiple Myeloma: Supportive Care Requirements and Coordination of Patient-Centered Care JOURNAL OF MANAGED CARE PHARMACY Bugos, K. G., Dunn, J. D. 2012; 18 (8): S20-S29
  • Older Adults: The New Face of Transplantation Oncology Nursing Society Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplant Special Interest Group Newsletter Bugos, K. 2010; 21 (3): 3