Oncology Basics

OBasics front coverThe Canadian Association of Pharmacy in Oncology (CAPhO) is pleased to provide access to accredited online education programs that are directly related to the work of oncology pharmacists, technicians and pharmacy assistants.

UPDATED: Oncology Basics

Oncology Practise Essentials, CAPhO's series of educational programs, will enhance your ability to practice in the field of oncology pharmacy. The first program, Oncology Basics, consists of six accredited self-study tutorials and provides:

  • A convenient resource for pharmacy practitioners new to oncology, and
  • An up-to-date refresher for experienced practitioners.

Oncology Basics (updated in January 2016) is accessible to CAPhO members at no charge and is available for purchase by non-members.

For a sneak preview of the user-friendly content and eye-friendly layout of Oncology Basics, view Tutorial #1 "Cancer Primer."

Access Oncology Basics

As a member: Log in to access Oncology Basics. Find it under "Member Information" (first bullet).

Not a member? Become a member for access to Oncology Basics and the myriad of other benefits of membership or pay $40.00 for one-year non-member online access.

After full payment of the non-member fee has been received, login details to access Oncology Basics will be sent to you within two business days.

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Overview

Tutorial 1: Cancer Primer

This tutorial will provide you with an introduction to the basic characteristics and biology of cancer – a group of over 100 different diseases. Additionally, key terms and tumour classifications are defined. All this is necessary grounding for Tutorials 2 to 6 in the Oncology Basics program.

Tutorial 2: Introduction to Cancer Pharmacotherapy

This tutorial introduces you to the history, goals of therapy, classification and clinical uses of cancer pharmacotherapy. It also reviews some of the barriers to successful therapy.

Tutorial 3: Cytotoxic Chemotherapy

The pharmacology of cytotoxic chemotherapy drugs is the subject of this tutorial. It will give you the background to discuss treatments knowledgeably with patients and other members of the healthcare team.

Tutorial 4: Toxicity of Chemotherapy Agents

This tutorial reviews the common clinical toxicities of chemotherapy – gastrointestinal, dermatological, hematological, hypersensitivity, secondary malignancies and infertility – as well as their prevention and management.

Tutorial 5: Hormonal Manipulation, Immunotherapy and Differentiating Agents

The pharmacology of endocrine therapies and immunotherapies is the subject of this tutorial. It will give you the background to discuss immunotherapies and hormonal treatments knowledgeably with patients and other members of the healthcare team. Basic toxicities will also be discussed.

Tutorial 6: Targeted Therapies

The pharmacology of targeted therapies is the subject of this tutorial. It will give you the background to discuss targeted agents knowledgeably with patients and other members of the healthcare team. Targeted therapy toxicities will also be discussed.

Accredited

CEU Credits: 5

Accredited by: Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy

Expiration Date: February 17, 2018