Cancer and Chemotherapy - CME60075

Cancer and Chemotherapy

by Rebecca Crane-Okada, RN, PhD, CNS, AOCN and Vickie K. Fieler, RN, PhD, AOCN and Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, CPE, DABPN (CME Contributor/Reviewer)
(4.7 / 100 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine and Surgery (6.00 Credits)

Price: $60.00
CE-PRO Price: $30.00


The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the concepts of cancer and a basic foundation in the oncology care of adult patients receiving chemotherapy. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to —
  • Discuss three myths about cancer.
  • Identify two phases of cancer development.
  • List the three major forms of cancer treatment and whether their effects are local or systemic.
  • Define adjuvant chemotherapy.
  • Describe the rationale for combination chemotherapy and the schedule of administration requiring repeated administration of the drugs.
  • Identify three guidelines for the administering chemotherapy IV.
  • Describe a patient situation in which combination chemotherapy is being administered and list one point each for patient education specific to mucositis, alopecia and peripheral neurotoxicity.
  • Discuss two interventions each for the patient experiencing neutropenia and thrombocytopenia.
  • Identify mechanisms of nausea and vomiting related to physiological causes and anticipatory anxiety.

Educational Gap: Health professionals are not familiar with the use and side effects of chemotherapy in cancer. 

This course was reviewed and approved by Scott H. Plantz, MD, FAAEM, representing the University of Louisville School of Medicine Continuing Health Sciences Education. 

Course Originally Released on: 8/10/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/10/2012
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/10/2015

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

This course completion will be electronically reported to CE Broker as required per Florida Statute 456.025(7). Click here to view your CE Broker transcript and check the status of your CE requirements with a FREE 7-day CE Broker trial subscription. It may take up to 24 hours for the course to appear on your CE Broker transcript.

Purpose and Target Audience

University of Louisville The purpose of this educational module is to provide timely and current information on this important healthcare topic to the physician and other healthcare professionals eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Physician Continuing Education Credit

The University of Louisville Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development office designates for a maximum of 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course Completion Requirements and Certificate of Completion

After reading the presentation, complete the course test online. To successfully complete the course, you must achieve a score of 75% on the multiple-choice exam. You may retake the test as many times as necessary to pass. To complete the test process and receive your certificate of completion, you must complete a brief survey about the course material and process. After completing the evaluation, you may immediately print your CE certificate of completion or save a pdf of it for your records. You may also request a copy to be sent to you by mail. Certificates will reflect the time and date the user passes the test (Eastern Time, U.S.). In the event of loss, there is no charge for a replacement copy of a CE certificate.

Joint Provider Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Louisville and The University of Louisville is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing education for physicians.

Skill Requirements

Basic Computer & Browser Skills

Hardware and Software Requirements

High-speed internet connection (Broadband, Cable or DSL)
256 MBs or more of RAM
Windows 2000 or higher
MacOS 10.1 or higher

Technical Support/Questions

If you need technical support or have questions about the course, please e-mail or call us at 866-865-7277.

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Special Services

If you need special accommodations due to a disability or require an alternative form of course materials email or call us at 866-865-7277. is committed to providing whatever special assistance its users require to complete this educational activity.


The content contributors have no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

Staff and Advisory Board Disclosure Statement

The CME and PD staff and Advisory Board have nothing to disclose with the exception of Dr. Douglas Coldwell: Sirtex, Inc. (Speaker) and DFine, Inc. (Consultant).


There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

University of Louisville CHSE Privacy Policy

All information provided by course participants is confidential and will not be shared with any other parties for any reason without permission.


All of the content in this educational activity is copyrighted by Gannett Healthcare Group. The University of Louisville has obtained permission from Gannett Healthcare Group to use the content in this educational activity.

Original Release and Termination Dates

Medium or Combination of Media Used: Online text
Method of Physician Participation: Online
CME Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 6.00 Hour

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Diana G - VINTON, VA  ·  Oct 14, 2014
good review.thank you
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Timothy D - Stone Mountain , GA  ·  Aug 30, 2014
great easy to understand and retian info on Cancer and chemotherapy
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June R - Philadelphia, PA  ·  Aug 26, 2014
concise, accurate overview of oncology
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Mary Ann J - West Trenton, NJ  ·  Jun 02, 2014
wll written and informative
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David M - Philadelphia, PA  ·  Apr 17, 2014
It is very well rounded for practitioners new to cancer treatment and care.
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Price: $60.00
CE-PRO Price: $30.00