A Primer on the Role of the Immune System

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Understanding the role of the immune system and how it fights cancer is a critical foundation for knowledge of immunotherapy. A Primer on the Role of the Immune System online course is intended to increase the understanding of immunology with application to current cancer treatment trends and facilitate management.

This course is 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 access for 180 days from date of purchase, after which you will no longer be able to access the course.

Course Topics

  • Immunotherapy 
  • Chemotherapy 
  • Immunology
  • Scientific Basis of Cancer
  • Cancer Treatments

Expected Outcomes

Upon completion of this activity, the learner will be able to apply basic immunology principles to his/her understanding of how immunotherapy works to treat cancer.

Target Audience

This course is appropriate for oncology nurses who wish to increase their knowledge of the immune system and how immunotherapy works to treat cancer. The course is also appropriate for those who are preparing for oncology nursing certification examination and renewal via Individual Learning Needs Assessment (ILNA) renewal points.

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

No more than 3.2 total points may be claimed for the program.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify structures of immune system.
  • Differentiate between the innate and acquired immune system.
  • Identify immune cells and their individual roles.
  • Describe how infected cells and tumors evade the immune system.
  • Identify characteristics of each class of cancer treatment covered in this course and the impact on the immune system at the cellular level.
  • Predict the types of symptoms each class of cancer treatment would induce in a patient as related to the immune system.

Technical Requirements

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