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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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.
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