An Introduction to Oncology Emergencies - RAD60218-B

An Introduction to Oncology Emergencies

by Jennifer M. L. Stephens, PhD, MA, RN, OCN
(4.5 / 199 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Radiologic Technology (1.50 CE Credit)

Price: $13.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.50


Oncology emergencies are dangerous complications resulting from cancer. Conditions covered in this module include the more common emergencies, such as sepsis and tumor lysis syndrome, with mention of more rare conditions, such as superior vena cava syndrome and malignant spinal cord compression. Coagulation emergencies, such as disseminated intravascular coagulation, are discussed in this module, as are metabolic emergencies of electrolyte disturbances. In addition to basic pathophysiological details and disease mechanisms, primary care interventions and client teaching points will be presented in the context of current best-practice references.


The goal of this oncology emergency continuing education program is to provide nurses and lab and X-ray technologists an overview of what constitutes an oncology emergency and current best-practice interventions and recommendations. After you study the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify at least three oncology emergencies, including pathophysiology, etiology, and clinical presentation
  • Provide at least two immediate interventions for each oncology emergency
  • Discuss three general client teaching points to help in preventing, detecting, and treating oncology emergencies

Deena Damsky Dell, MSN, RN-BC, AOCN, LNC, who peer reviewed this course, has disclosed that she is on the speakers’ bureau for Genomic Health Inc.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, laboratory professionals, and imaging and radiation therapists.
Imaging and radiation therapists: 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 or 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.
This activity is approved for credit by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 8/1/2017 to 9/1/2021.
This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat a self-learning activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.

Course Originally Released on: 10/6/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 3/1/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/1/2021

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.

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

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Leslie M - ROCKLIN, CA  ·  May 20, 2020
learned a lot that I had no idea about
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HANNA O - New York, NY  ·  May 09, 2020
Difficult content, pharmacology not needed of an imaging technologist
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Alexandra K - Baltimore, MD  ·  Apr 29, 2020
This course was great. I learned a lot.
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Exequiel A - Chatsworth, CA  ·  Apr 29, 2020
very helpful and very informative
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Leslie H - Deer Park, TX  ·  Apr 24, 2020
very informative and useful
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Price: $13.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.50