Cancer and Chemotherapy - CMEZ60075

Cancer and Chemotherapy

by Jennifer M. L. Stephens, PhD, MA, RN, OCN
(4.7 / 256 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (6.00 Credits)
Physician (6.00 Credits)

Price: $60.00
CE-PRO Price: $30.00


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.


The goal of this oncology continuing education course is to provide nurses with an overview of the concepts of cancer and a basic foundation in the nursing 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 nurse administering chemotherapy IV.
  • Explain two important teaching points for patients receiving oral chemotherapy agents.
  • 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 nursing interventions each for the patient experiencing neutropenia and thrombocytopenia.
  • Identify mechanisms of nausea and vomiting related to physiological causes and anticipatory anxiety.
  • Specify some important psychosocial concerns for adult patients receiving chemotherapy.

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and physicians.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) 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.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Florida Physician Assistants (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 6.0 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 8/10/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/11/2020
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/28/2023

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

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Sandra V - Conyers, GA  ·  Apr 09, 2020
very interesting and did improve my knowledge on this subject.
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Nicole D - Clearwater, FL  ·  Apr 02, 2020
Very interesting and applicable to my current practice.
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Melissa M - Los Angeles , CA  ·  Mar 30, 2020
it was informative and I learned a lot.
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Jennifer Q - Baltimore, MD  ·  Mar 27, 2020
this course was well written and very educational
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Maribeth K - Haddonfield, NJ  ·  Mar 27, 2020
Great review - very informative
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Price: $60.00
CE-PRO Price: $30.00