• Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 5 Contact Hours
(2 pharm hours)
Author(s): Ellen Carr, Rn, MSN, AOCN
Peer Reviewer(s): Mary Louise Kanaskie, PhD, RN, AOCN
Item#: N1503
Contents: 1 Course Book (114 pages)
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Cancer Treatment Modalities

Price $26.95
Item # N1503
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PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with accreditation criteria, content hours will not be awarded for completion of this course beyond 8/31/2017.

Expiration Date: August 31, 2017

This course covers many of the complexities of state-of-the-art cancer care including information on the epidemiology of cancer and cancer treatments. Cancer has in some ways become a chronic illness with many phases, signposts, and trajectories. Although some of the inroads being made in the fight against cancer are worthy of celebration, the situation is complicated.


This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1460 Cancer Nursing: A Solid Foundation for Practice, 3rd Edition.

Course Objectives

  • Describe what is currently known about carcinogenesis, cell biology, and tumor cell characteristics, which provide the foundation for an understanding of cancer prevention, detection, and treatment.
  • Describe surgery as a means to diagnose, stage, and treat malignancies.
  • Describe radiation therapy as a treatment for malignancies.
  • Discuss chemotherapy agents – how they work, why they are ordered as part of treatment regimens, and how they should be safely handled.
  • Discuss selected targeted therapies for selected malignancies, along with their mechanisms of action.

Ellen Carr, RN, MSN, AOCN, is currently surgical nurse case manager at the Moores Cancer Center of the University of California, San Diego. She has been a healthcare writer for the past 25 years, specializing in clinical nursing, therapeutic and diagnostic technologies, and patient advocacy. She continues to contribute to communication projects championing clinical oncology nurses, evidence-based research, and oncology nurse navigator practice standards.  

Ellen Carr graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a BS in journalism, and the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, Massachusetts, with an MSN in oncology nursing. She holds advanced oncology nursing certification from the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and is a local and national member of ONS.
Mary Louise Kanaskie, PhD, RN, AOCN, is a nurse educator and professional development specialist with more than 30 years of experience in oncology nursing and professional development. Currently, she is the coordinator of the nurse residency program at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. In this role, Dr. Kanaskie guides evidence-based practice projects. In addition, Dr. Kanaskie designs and implements basic and advanced education programs related to oncology and palliative care. She lectures in oncology nursing core review courses on the topic of cancer pain management, the biology of cancer, chemotherapy and biotherapy, and ethical decision making.

  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from date of purchase or through the expiration date indicated above, whichever date comes first.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.