NCCN 2020 Nursing Program: Oral Chemotherapy and Compliance

July 9, 2020

A multidisciplinary approach, improved communication with the patient, and counseling patients about the risks of medication nonadherence are essential to overcome the barriers to adherence and maximize the benefits of oral anticancer therapy. A better understanding of the unique challenges associated with the use of oral anticancer therapies and the importance of adherence to therapy enables oncologists, nurses, and pharmacists to effectively communicate the key clinical aspects to their patients throughout the disease course. In collaboration with the medical oncologists and other multidisciplinary team members, nurses and pharmacists should participate in efforts to optimize the oral anticancer therapy protocol of the individual patient with the appropriate management of medication-related side effects and reducing the complexity of regimen. Educating health care professionals about the interventions to improve adherence will enable the integration of these strategies into routine clinical practice to improve adherence to oral anticancer therapy among their patients.

Target Audience

This educational program is designed to meet the educational needs of oncology nurses who manage patients with cancer.

Learning Objectives

Following this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the challenges associated with the use of oral anticancer therapies
  • Discuss the interventions that have been evaluated to assess and improve adherence to oral anticancer therapies
  • Identify the resources and requirements needed for the implementation of an effective strategy to improve adherence to oral anticancer therapy
Additional information

This activity is supported by educational grants from:

  • AstraZeneca
  • Genentech, a member of the Roche Group
  • Novartis
  • Pfizer Inc.
  • Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie Company and Janssen Biotech, Inc., administered by Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC
  • Taiho Oncology, Inc.

This activity is supported by independent medical education grants from:

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Celgene Corporation

This activity is supported by independent educational grants from:

  • AbbVie
  • Incyte
  • Merck & Co., Inc.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ANCC contact hours
  • 1.00 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
07/09/2020 - 2:00pm
Event ends: 
07/09/2020 - 3:00pm

Caroline Faylor, PharmD
Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center

Susan Franco, RN, BSN, OCN
Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center


NCCN Medical Education Disclosure Policy
It is the policy of NCCN that every 12 months, all faculty, moderators, activity planners and all internal planning staff participating in NCCN continuing education activities are expected to disclose any financial relationships with a commercial interest as defined by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Commercial Support. In addition, all faculty presentations have been reviewed for adherence to the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support (the provider develops activities/educational interventions independent of commercial interests [SCS 1, 2 and 6] by experts on the topics). 

Per the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, individuals who do not disclose relevant financial relationships will be disqualified from involvement in the CE activity as a content developer, planner, or presenter. A complete list of individuals’ relationships with external entities is available upon request.

Full disclosure of faculty relationships will be made prior to the activity.

In support of improving patient care, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

NCCN designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 contact hour.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ANCC contact hours
  • 1.00 Participation


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This webinar will be presented live one time only on Thursday, July 9, 2020, from 2:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (UTC -4).  To adjust for other time zones, click here.

Required Hardware/software

To complete this activity, users will need: