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Pamela Clark

Pamela Clark, CRNI, is a Nurse Manager for Healix, a leader in the field of parenteral services. She has more than 28 years of experience in infusion therapy and infusion education with both licensed nurses and patients. Her experience spans multiple infusion settings including: acute care, long-term care, home infusion, and ambulatory infusion care. She also has experience in oncology and oncology research.


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Class Accreditation
All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.
This course is accredited by the following boards:
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467.
Provider approved by the Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia , South Carolina Boards of Nursing through CE Broker, CE Provider #: 50-13256.  
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Immunotherapy in Cancer Treatment

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Immunotherapy in Cancer Treatment
For a complete list of accreditations for this course, please see the accreditation information box below the author’s bio.  All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.

This instructional course has been designed for healthcare clinicians administering and/or caring for the patient receiving parenteral immunotherapy. All clinicians involved in infusing immunotherapeutic agents and those caring for patients receiving these medications need a working knowledge of the diagnoses for which they are given, side effects of the drugs, appropriate interventions, and the psychological implications of having these diseases and receiving treatment for them. These drugs are double-edged swords. They can treat cancer effectively but are also associated with significant and dangerous adverse effects. Therefore, education related specifically to immunotherapy is crucial to the safe and effective use of these drugs.  

State Boards of Nursing have varying positions on the role of the LPN/LVN in the administration of infusion therapy, including the administration of immunotherapeutic agents. A link to each state board of nursing is listed here. Competency requirements are obtained and maintained through the nurse¹s employer, facility or institution.

Our continuing nursing education courses are accredited by the California Board of Registered Nurses, the Georgia Board of Nursing, and the Florida Board of Nursing. All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing education contact hours.


Objectives


Objectives - Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

1. State the relationship between monoclonal antibodies and cancer cell antigens.
2. Identify at least three different classes of immunotherapy used for the treatment of cancer.
3. Identify the recommended treatments/actions for immunotherapy adverse effects,  both grades 1 or 2 and grades 3 or 4.
4. Explain the purpose of a REMS program.

Curriculum


Chapter 1: Introduction to Immunotherapy

 
Definition
Goals of intervention
Immunotherapy approaches

Chapter 2: Immunotherapy Classifications

 
Monoclonal antibodies
Naked monoclonal antibodies
Conjugated monoclonal antibodies
Bispecific monoclonal antibodies
Immune checkpoint inhibitors
Cytokines
Oncolytic virus therapy
Cancer vaccines
Autologous vaccine/T-cell therapy
Immunomodulatory agents

Chapter 3: Immunotherapy Side Effects

 
Hypersensivitiy reactions
Tumor Lysis Syndrome
Myelosuppression
Anemia
Neutropenia
Thrombocytopenia
Cardiopulmonary
Gastrointestinal
Integumentary
Neurological
Reproductive
Miscellaneous

Chapter 4: Safe Handling

 
USP <800>
Preparation
Administration
Disposal
Bodily Discharges

Chapter 5: Administration

 
Pre‐administration activities
Routes of administration

Chapter 6: Psychological Considerations

Chapter 7: Bibliography

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