Oncology Basics

The 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.

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UPDATED as of July 2019

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 five accredited self-study modules and provides:

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

Oncology Basics (updated in July 2019) is accessible to CAPhO members at no charge and is available for purchase by non-members.

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Module Overview | Accreditation | Contributors


Overview

Oncology Basics Module 1

Module 1: Introduction to Cancer and Principles of Treatment

This module will provide you with an introduction to the characteristics of cancer, the basic strategies used to characterize and classify cancers and the basic biology of cancer cells. It will also explore treatment goals, modalities and strategies. An overview of the different types of antineoplastic drugs, their use, dosing and administration schedules will also be provided. Key terms related to cancer, staging and treatment will be defined.

Oncology Basics Module 2

Module 2: Cytotoxic Chemotherapy and Toxicities

This module will introduce you to different classes of cytotoxic chemotherapy drugs – their pharmacology, indications, toxicities, administration properties and key drug interactions. It will give you the background to discuss treatments knowledgeably with patients and other members of the healthcare team. Drugs selected for inclusion in this module were based on those reviewed by a national drug review process.

Oncology Basics Module 3

Module 3: Hormonal Manipulation, Immunotherapy and Differentiating Agents

This module will introduce you the pharmacology of endocrine therapies and immunotherapies. It will give you the background to discuss immunotherapies and hormonal treatments knowledgeably with patients and other members of the healthcare team. An overview of the common toxicities of these agents will also be discussed.

Oncology Basics Module 4

Module 4: Targeted Therapies Part 1 – Small Molecules

This module will focus on small molecule targeted therapies. It will give you the background to discuss targeted agents knowledgeably with patients and other members of the healthcare team. Small molecule targeted therapy toxicities will also be discussed.

Oncology Basics Module 5

Module 5: Targeted Therapies - Part 2 – Monoclonal Antibodies

This module introduces you to the pharmacology of targeted therapies, specifically monoclonal antibodies. It will give you the background to discuss targeted agents knowledgeably with patients and other members of the healthcare team. Toxicities associated with monoclonal antibodies will also be discussed.


Accreditation

CCCEP accreditation

The Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy has accredited this program for a total of 6.5 CEUs.

Expiration Date: August 9, 2022

  • Module 1: 1.0 CEU
  • Module 2: 1.5 CEUs
  • Module 3: 1.0 CEU
  • Module 4: 2.0 CEUs
  • Module 5: 1.0 CEU

Total: 6.5 CEUs


Contributors

The material for Oncology Basics was originally developed by Alberta Health Services, and it was purchased and adapted by CAPhO in July 2011. In 2014, it was updated to reflect advances in oncology pharmacy. In 2019, it is now in its third edition. Oncology Basics is an educational initiative that is a product of the efforts, resources and time of many people.

Oncology Basics Third Edition (2019) Contributors

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Kyla Bailey
Clinical Fulltime, Pharmacy, Tom Baker Cancer Clinic — Calgary, Alberta
Kyla graduated from University of Saskatchewan in 2003 and currently works for Alberta Health Services at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre as a clinical hematology/BMT pharmacist. She has practiced in many diverse settings, including community, geriatrics, hospital outpatient, and oncology. Since joining the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in 2014, she first developed her oncology clinical skills in the Oral Chemotherapy Management program, before moving into the Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplant clinics. She obtained her Advanced Prescribing rights in 2014, which allows pharmacist-led supportive care management. Kyla continues to be involved as a preceptor for the Alberta Health Services Residents and the University of Alberta PharmD students during their hematology rotations.
Module 1, Module 2, Module 5 Author and Oncology Basics Task Force Chair
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Kyla Bailey
Clinical Fulltime, Pharmacy, Tom Baker Cancer Clinic — Calgary, Alberta
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Scott Edwards
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pharmacy, Eastern Health — st john's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Module 3 Author
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Scott Edwards
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pharmacy, Eastern Health — st john's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Jennifer Jupp
Pharmacy Clinical Practice Leader, Pharmacy Services, Alberta Health Services — Calgary, Alberta
Module 5 Author
Jennifer Jupp
Pharmacy Clinical Practice Leader, Pharmacy Services, Alberta Health Services — Calgary, Alberta
Michael LeBlanc
Clinical Resource Pharmacist, Oncology, Pharmacy, Horizon Health Network — Moncton, New Brunswick
Module 4 Author
Michael LeBlanc
Clinical Resource Pharmacist, Oncology, Pharmacy, Horizon Health Network — Moncton, New Brunswick
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Tara Leslie
Clinical Assistant Professor and Clinical Pharmacist, Pharmacy, University of Alberta — Calgary, Alberta
Oncology Pharmacist and Educator that loves music. Missing my CAPhO friends but happy to be here in our virtual gathering
Module 1 and Module 3 Author
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Tara Leslie
Clinical Assistant Professor and Clinical Pharmacist, Pharmacy, University of Alberta — Calgary, Alberta
Krista McKinnon
Clinical Research Pharmacist, Pharmacy, Alberta Children's Hospital — Calgary, Alberta
Reviewer
Krista McKinnon
Clinical Research Pharmacist, Pharmacy, Alberta Children's Hospital — Calgary, Alberta
Sally Waignein
Clinical Pharmacist, Provincial Pharmacy, BC Cancer — Vancouver, British Columbia
Module 2 Author
Sally Waignein
Clinical Pharmacist, Provincial Pharmacy, BC Cancer — Vancouver, British Columbia
Danica Wasney
Clinical Pharmacist, Pharmacy, CancerCare Manitoba — Winnipeg, Manitoba
Module 4 Author
Danica Wasney
Clinical Pharmacist, Pharmacy, CancerCare Manitoba — Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Jason Wentzell
Extend Pharmacist, Pharmacy, Extend Pharmacy — Ottawa, Ontario
Jason completed his pharmacy degree at Dalhouise University and his Pharmacy Residency at The Ottawa Hospital. He has practiced as an inpatient Medical Oncology pharmacist for nearly 10 years, from 2010 to 2019 and is a Board-Certified Oncology Pharmacist. He has earned a Master’s in Health Management in 2019. Jason is the Founder of and Oncology Pharmacist at Extend Pharmacy, Ottawa’s first cancer-focused ambulatory oncology pharmacy. His areas of research interest include integration of pharmacy learners into practice, simulation education, oral anticancer therapy education and key performance indicators for pharmacists. He is currently involved in several CAPhO initiatives and is a Regional Clinical Coordinator for the University of Waterloo PharmD program in Ottawa.
Reviewer
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Jason Wentzell
Extend Pharmacist, Pharmacy, Extend Pharmacy — Ottawa, Ontario

Past Contributors

Oncology Basics Contributors in 2014 (Second Edition)
  • Tara Leslie, BSP, BCOP, CEC Chair (2011 – 2017) –
    Clinical Pharmacist and Clinical Assistant Professor, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, and Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta, Calgary, AB
  • Frances Cusano, BScPharm, ACPR –
    Clinical Practice Leader, Adult Cancer Care, Alberta Health Services, Calgary, AB
  • Melanie Danilak, BScPharm –
    Pharmacy Clinical Educator, Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton, AB
  • Jennifer Jupp, BScPharm, BCOP –
    Clinical Practice Leader, Hematology, Oncology and Transplant Program, Alberta Health Services, Calgary, AB
  • Michael LeBlanc, BScChem, BScPharm, PharmD –
    Clinical Oncology Pharmacy Specialist, Clinical Pharmacy Manager, Horizon Health Network (The Moncton Hospital), Moncton, NB
  • Thomas McFarlane, PharmD –
    Clinical Lecturer, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
  • Sally Waignein, BScH, BScPharm, ACPR, PharmD –
    Provincial Pharmacy Education Coordinator, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver, BC
  • Danica Wasney, BScPharm, ACPR, BCOP –
    Clinical Pharmacist, CancerCare Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
Oncology Basics Contributors in 2011 (First Edition)
  • Rhonda Kalyn, BSP, CEC Chair (2008 – 2011) –
    Pharmacy Communities Oncology Network Educator, BC Cancer Agency, Kelowna, BC
  • Jennifer Jupp, BScPharm, BCOP –
    Clinical Practice Leader, Hematology, Oncology and Transplant Program, Alberta Health Services, Calgary, AB
  • Michael LeBlanc, BScChem, BScPharm, PharmD –
    Clinical Oncology Pharmacy Specialist, Clinical Pharmacy Manager, Horizon Health Network (The Moncton Hospital), Moncton, NB
  • Sally Man, BScH, BScPharm, ACPR, PharmD –
    Provincial Pharmacy Education Coordinator, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver, BC
  • Lucie Surprenant, BScPharm., MSc., BCOP –
    Oncology Pharmacy Coordinator, St. Mary's Hospital Centre, Montreal, QC
Oncology Basics Project Support Team
  • Sea to Sky Meeting Management Inc., Administrative Support
  • Mark Stephens, Windward Design Group, Graphic Design