Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
- Integrate best practices to reduce the risk of occupational exposure to hazardous drugs.
- Characterize each phase of the cell cycle.
- Contrast cell cycle specific drugs with cell cycle non-specific cytotoxic mechanisms.
- Describe three cytotoxic strategies to inhibit cell division.
- Describe three types of DNA damage associated with alkylating agents.
- Compare and contrast the microtubule effects of taxanes and vinca alkyloids.
- Differentiate adjuvant, induction, consolidation, and maintenance cytotoxic drug regimens.
- Characterize the common chemotherapy side effects for the following body systems:
a. Hematopoeitic system
b. Integumentary system
c. Gastrointestinal system
d. Cardiovascular system
e. Neurological system
f. Respiratory system
g. Reproductive system
h. Urological system
- Identify chemotherapy agents associated with the highest risk for induced hypersensitivity reactions.
- Discuss the goals for patient/family education when a patient is receiving cytotoxic drugs.
- Describe 3 phases of clinical trials in cancer drug development.
- Cite cancer chemotherapy resources for health care professionals and patients.