A guide for staff working in radiation oncology

Patients undergoing radiation therapy may also be receiving concurrent chemotherapy, targeted therapy or immunotherapy. These treatments can be broadly classified as anti-cancer drug therapies.
It is important that all staff involved in the care of patients receiving anti-cancer drug therapy have an understanding of how these drugs may impact patient care.

In this rapid learning, you will learn:

  • how anti-cancer drugs work
  • possible side effects of anti-cancer drug therapy
  • considerations for radiation therapy e.g. timing of radiotherapy & safe handling recommendations.

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Additional resource: anti-cancer drug therapy job aid 

This job aid is designed to assist radiation oncology staff care for patients receiving concurrent anti-cancer drug therapy. It contains relevant information about common anti-cancer drug therapy protocols and how these may impact a patient’s radiotherapy. Download the job aid now. 

To view more medical oncology protocols please visit eviQ.

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  2. Cancer Institute NSW. eviQ: cancer treatments online [online]. Available from URL: https://www.eviq.org.au/
  3. Cancer Institute NSW. eviQ Education, Antineoplastic Drug Administration course [online]. Available from: https://education.eviq.org.au/courses/antineoplastic-drug-administration-course
  4.  Pardoll, D.M., 2012. The blockade of immune checkpoints in cancer immunotherapy. Nature Reviews Cancer, 12(4), p.252.
  5. Weiner, G.J., 2007. Monoclonal antibody mechanisms of action in cancer. Immunologic research, 39(1-3), pp.271-27


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