Treatment

This extensive drug table describes the drug and food interactions associated with many oral therapies for cancer.
View this 16-minute presentation to learn how chemotherapy doses are calculated.
C.D. is a 71‐year‐old man who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma six weeks ago. At the time of diagnosis, several comorbidities were noted:
A.B. is a 61‐year‐old woman with metastatic HER2‐positive breast cancer. She is a self-employed consultant and travels extensively in the United States and internationally to work with her diverse clients. She is divorced and has three adult married children. She is active, in good health, and has no comorbid conditions. A.B.
Patients can have multiple risk factors for developing neutropenia, including type of chemotherapy or radiation, doses, and administration schedule of the treatment regimen.
This slideshow discusses evidence-based interventions for managing neutropenia.
"Oncology Nurses' Use of National Comprehensive Cancer Network Clinical Practice Guidelines for Chemotherapy-Induced and Febrile Neutropenia," available as a journal article and podcast, summarizes findings fr
This brief slideshow provides an overview of the causes of neutropenia, as related to chemotherapy and other incidences. 
From prevention and identification of risk status to the development and use of targeted therapies, genetics is changing the face of oncology care. ONS offers many resources for nurses to learn more about genetics (the study of individual genes) and genomics (the study of all genes in the human genome).
Vincristine sulfate is a vesicant. Therefore, it is extremely critical that the IV needle or catheter is properly inserted prior to the vincristine injection or infusion. Any leakage into surrounding tissues during the infusion may cause substantial injury.
There are several very critical points to be aware of when administering vincristine sulfate, also commonly known as Vincasar PFS and Oncovin.
Vincristine sulfate for injection is the salt of an alkaloid from the flowering periwinkle plant (also known as Vinca rosea Linn). It was originally known as leurocristine and is now sometimes also referred to as LCR or VCR. The trade name for vincristine is Vincasar PFS®; the drug is also commonly known as Oncovin.
The incidence of oral mucositis varies across populations of patients with cancer and is related to individual patient factors and the type of therapy being received.
Nurses can minimize exposure to hazardous drugs with the use personal protective equipment and careful technique. Spill kits should be available wherever chemotherapy is located. Although they are commercially available, clinicians can assemble their own kits (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 2006).
Because many biotherapy agents are still relatively new in the treatment of cancer, there is still quite a bit of variability in how these agents are handled. However, it is important to note that some biologic agents are considered hazardous while others are not.

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