Immunotherapy in Cancer Treatment

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Updated content! Look to the Cancer Treatment online course for a comprehensive look at caring for patients being treated with immunotherapy drugs.

Immunotherapy, believed to be the most promising form of cancer treatment since the emergence of chemotherapy, is now being celebrated as a top advancement in cancer care. Encouraging clinical trial results involving the use of immunotherapy continue to yield more approved indications for various cancer types. Even as more agents emerge, immunotherapy drug use is expected to further expand as we move toward the future of cancer treatment.

Designed from a clinical perspective, this course educates oncology nurses and other healthcare providers on how immunotherapy drugs reprogram the immune system to identify and target cancer cells. Updated regularly, the course keeps up with the quickly evolving approvals and indications that are often released at record speed. You'll work through detailed case studies that will further address administration and care considerations for patients undergoing treatment with the various classes of immunotherapy.

Offered on demand, instructions on how to immediately access the course will be sent to you in an automatically generated email receipt after you register. You will enjoy continuous access to course content and materials for 180 days. Other resources can be downloaded for indefinite use.

Course Topics

  • Immune System Overview
  • Introduction to Immunotherapy
  • Classes of Immunotherapy (Monoclonal Antibodies, Vaccines, Cytokines, Adoptive T-cell Transfer, Checkpoint Inhibitors)
  • Combination Therapy
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Hematologic Malignancies
  • Metastatic Melanoma
  • Renal Cell Carcinoma
  • Nursing and Patient Support Education

Expected Outcomes

Upon completion of this activity, the learner will incorporate key principles of immunotherapy into decisions related to safe and effective management of people with cancer receiving immunotherapy agents.

Target Audience

This course is designed to meet the educational needs of oncology nurses and other healthcare professionals caring for patients receiving immunotherapy as part of cancer treatment.

ILNA Breakdown

Content in this learning activity is applicable to meeting individual requirements for certification renewal through the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation's Individual Learning Needs Assessment (ILNA) renewal method. 

Up to 0.5 ILNA points may be applied to Disease-Related Biology OR Scientific Basis for Practice OR Symptom Management OR Treatment

No more than 4.1 total points may be claimed for the program.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how the immune system can be used to prevent, detect, and treat cancer
  • Communicate to patients the available data on the classes of immunotherapy with regard to mechanism of action and clinical implications of therapy.
  • Incorporate immunotherapy administration considerations into practice to promote quality cancer care
  • Explain the side effects of cancer immunotherapy and evidence-based interventions to manage them.

Technical Requirements

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