Cancer and Chemotherapy

by Expert Reviewer: Heidi Dishneau, MSN, ARNP, AOCNP; Instructor: Jennifer Stephens, PhD, MA, RN, OCN

$108.00

i 6.00 CEH

Course Overview

This course presents an overview of basic concepts of cancer and the nursing care of adult patients receiving chemotherapy. Topics include theories of carcinogenesis, normal and cancer-cell biology, diagnosis and staging of cancer, treatment modalities, mechanisms of drug actions, administration guidelines, adverse effects, and preventive and symptomatic psychosocial and physiological patient care. Nurses who are not specialized in the care of cancer patients will find this course especially valuable. Oncology nurses will find this course to be a good foundational review of cancer basics and general concepts of chemotherapy administration.

About the Course Author

Heidi Dishneau, MSN, ARNP, AOCNP, is a board-certified nurse practitioner with clinical experience in hematologic malignancies, bone marrow transplant, and breast cancer. Her role is centered within the breast program at Swedish Medical Center, Issaquah, Wash. In addition to providing navigation services and perioperative care of breast cancer patients, Dishneau has been instrumental in developing a high-risk breast cancer screening program that functions as a satellite within the larger Swedish system. Heidi Dishneau, MSN, ARNP, AOCNP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Jennifer M.L. Stephens, MA, PhD, RN, OCN, is an oncology nurse with more than a decade of experience in medical/surgical oncology, cancer critical care, bone marrow transplant and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Stephens received a PhD in oncology nursing from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver and is active with the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO/ACIO) and Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). She has worked as an oncology nurse in the U.S. and Canada, with roles ranging from staff nurse to clinical nurse educator, outpatient clinic coordinator to oncology program manager. She is currently teaching for UBC, Athabasca University, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Jennifer Stephens, PhD, MA, RN, OCN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (14 Match)

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center

    6.00HOURS

    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


  • California Board of Registered Nursing

    6.00HOURS

    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791 Nurses will receive 6.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing

    6.00HOURS

    District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 6.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Florida Board of Nursing

    6.00HOURS

    Florida Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 6.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Georgia Board of Nursing

    290.00HOURS

    Georgia Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 290.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

    6.00HOURS

    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


    Relias LLC designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • South Carolina Board of Nursing

    6.00HOURS

    This program was approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education Program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 6.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Florida Board of Medicine

    6.00HOURS

    Florida Board of Medicine (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
  • West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing

    6.00HOURS

    West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 6.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • New Mexico Board of Nursing

    6.00HOURS

    New Mexico Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 6.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Arkansas State Board of Nursing

    6.00HOURS

    Arkansas State Board Of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 6.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Ohio State Medical Board

    6.00HOURS

    State Medical Board of Ohio (CEBroker Provider #: 50-290)
  • Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners

    6.00HOURS

    Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (CEBroker Provider #: 50-290)
  • Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure

    6.00HOURS

    Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure (CEBroker Provider #: 50-290)


Course Details
  • Course Code:

    REL-ACU-0-60075
  • Hours:

    6.00
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2019-05-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2023-02-28
  • Learning Objectives:

    Define adjuvant chemotherapy.; 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.; Describe the rationale for combination chemotherapy and the schedule of administration requiring repeated administration of the drugs.; Discuss three myths about cancer.; Discuss two nursing interventions each for the patient experiencing neutropenia and thrombocytopenia.; Explain two important teaching points for patients receiving oral chemotherapy agents.; Identify mechanisms of nausea and vomiting related to physiological causes and anticipatory anxiety.; Identify three guidelines for the nurse administering chemotherapy IV.; Identify two phases of cancer development.; List the three major forms of cancer treatment and whether their effects are local or systemic.; Specify some important psychosocial concerns for adult patients receiving chemotherapy.
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Nurses; Physicians; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
    Relias has a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Relias will make every effort to resolve each grievance in a mutually satisfactory manner. In order to report a complaint or grievance please contact Relias.
    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Support by completing the web form (https://www.relias.com/help) or by using the chat functionality.
    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.
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