Green Oncology

The Top 3 Things I Learned Providing Care to Oncology Patients

Guest post by Chantel Martin (edited by Amy Smith)

Each summer the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency pharmacy staff has the pleasure of working alongside aspiring pharmacists, such as Chantel Martin. In this guest blog post, Chantel shares her top 3 things she learned after a summer working with oncology patients. - Amy Smith

Starting a job at the Cancer Centre was exciting but also terrifying. Although I have completed 3 years of my pharmacy degree, our oncology and pain lectures do not take place until our...Read more

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Amy Smith, as part of her Green Oncology series

The severe neurotoxicities that may occur with methotrexate (MTX) therapy are unpredictable and troubling (to say the least). During a recent experience, a patient with high dose MTX induced leukoencephalopathy presenting with concurrent disorientation and confusion left me seeking ways to resolve these concerning symptoms. Although the benefits of aminophylline have been discussed on list servers or email threads...Read more

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by Amy Smith, as part of her Green Oncology series

Recently, I had the unique opportunity to collaborate with Dr. David Blackburn, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan, on a research project with a focus in patient adherence. We reviewed de-identified patient data from the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency (SCA) to assess compliance rates to an orally administered chemotherapy agent: abiraterone .

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A shift is occurring in chemotherapy administration from...Read more

by Amy Smith, as part of her Green Oncology series

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In a previous posting, I focused on qualities I admire in pharmacy preceptors. However, on the other side of the precepting equation is the pharmacy student. Once again a student myself, I am actively reflecting on the qualities I wish to embody to achieve the best possible learning experience. Below are some characteristics I hope to display and hope other students will as well. So to finish this two part series…Dear Pharmacy...Read more

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by Amy Smith, as part of her Green Oncology series

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During my “on-again, off-again” relationship with formal education, I have experienced experiential learning from both sides. As a pharmacist, I gained experience as a preceptor and as a PharmD student, once again I am the student myself.

I am writing from a unique point of view. A collection of experiences has led me to realize the features I appreciate in a preceptor and a student (upcoming part 2). My first letter… Dear Pharmacy...Read more

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by Amy Smith (as part of her Green Oncology series ) The Issue:

Complex patient issues require us to dig into...Read more