Oral Therapies for Cancer Online Course

The traditional model of chemotherapy administration relied heavily on the administration of parenteral agents in the ambulatory setting, either in hospital-based centers, private physician practices, or outpatient centers. In recent years, the approval of several new oral antineoplastic agents has shifted antineoplastic therapy delivery to patients’ homes, extended care facilities, and rehabilitation centers. This shift to oral therapy allows for greater patient convenience, fewer trips to clinics, and improved patient quality of life. However, difficulty coping with side effects, patient and family safety, dosing, and cost has raised concerns of patient adherence. This new form of therapy can be both exciting and demanding.

This course explores the shift to oral antineoplastics and provides clinicians with tools for managing patients receiving oral therapies. Nurses who are caring for patients receiving oral therapy should be able to counsel patients on scheduling and side effect prevention and management and recognize potential adherence concerns.

Categories: Clinical Practice/Safe Handling, Patient Population/Adult, Patient Population/Geriatric, Patient Population/Pediatric/Adolescent, Symptom Management/CINV, Symptom Management/Mucositis, Treatment/Chemotherapy/Biotherapy

Contact Hours10.4
Member Price$99
Non-Member Price$139
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Cancellation PolicyCancellation Policy

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ONS is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

ONS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #2850.

This program is supported through an educational grant provided by Novartis. There is no non-commercial support for this program.

ONCC Certification Test Blueprint Topics and ILNA Content Areas

Course Objectives

Describe how different types of oral cancer therapies work to treat cancer.
Research drug interactions to common oral cancer therapies.
Identify measures to encourage adherence to oral therapies.
Describe safe handling precautions for oral therapies to include in patient/family education.
Identify the nursing interventions required to manage select side effects of oral therapies for cancer.