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The Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Curriculum 3rd edition (2011)

The Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Curriculum 3rd edition (2011)

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This curriculum is the foundation for APHON's Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider Course (course registration information is available at www.aphon.org). It was developed for nurses who administer chemotherapy and biotherapy to pediatric and adolescent patients

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Editors
Dr. Nancy Kline, PhD RN CPNP FAAN

Section Editors
Joy E. Hesselgrave, MSN RN CPON®

Joan O'Hanlon Curry, MSN RN CPNP CPON®

Mary Lynn Rae, MSN RN CPHON®

Instruction Program Editor

Joan O'Hanlon Curry, MS RN CPNP CPON®
Mary Lynn Rae, BSN RN CPON®

Published in 2011

This curriculum is the foundation for APHON's Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider Course (course registration information is available at www.aphon.org). It was developed for nurses who administer chemotherapy and biotherapy to pediatric and adolescent patients and includes the following:

  • pre- and post-administration issues
  • a cancer overview
  • chemotherapy and biotherapy overviews
  • late effects of treatment
  • toxicity and system management
  • actions and side effects
  • principles of chemotherapy
  • psychosocial issues
  • chemotherapy safe handling
  • legal and ethical issues.
(248 pages)

For more information on APHON's Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Program, please visit the APHON Website

Section Titles and Summaries

Introduction and Standards begins with an explanation of the curriculum and courses and provides standards for practice and education.

General Cancer Overview provides a historical perspective on cancer, cancer cell characteristics, hematopoiesis and immune response, diagnosis, cytogenetics and staging, modalities of therapy, measuring tumor response, and pediatric versus adult cancers.

Chemotherapy Overview reviews cancer research and phamacokinetics and pharmacogenetics.

Principles of Chemotherapy reviews the goals of chemotherapy in the treatment of cancer to kill malignant cells and prevent them from metastasizing in order to better understand how chemotherapy works.

Principles of Biotherapy provides an overview of classes of chemotherapeutic agents, combination chemotherapy, the role of chemotherapy in childhood cancer, and modes of chemotherapy delivery.

Chemotherapy: Agents and Classifications explains classification of chemotherapeutic agents: alkylating agents, antimetabolites, antitumor antibiotics, anthracyclines, plant derivatives, corticosteroids, and antiangiogenic agents.

Safe Handling of Chemotherapeutic Agents reviews occupational exposure risks, exposure prevention, labeling and storing, administration, disposal, spills, and handling agents in the home.

Administration Considerations discusses pre-administration considerations, chemotherapy administration, and immediate postadministration issues.

Toxicity and Symptom Management provides an overview of all the systems in the body that can be affected by chemotherapy, including: the nervous, gastrointestinal, immune, integumentary, and renal systems.

Late Effects of Chemotherapy addresses the long-term, often chronic, effects of cancer and its treatment.

Psychosocial Issues provides insight on the quality of life factor for patients and their families, including adolescents and young adults.

Ethical and Legal Considerations explains the foundation of ethical principles, regulatory groups, informed consent, legal issues, medication errors, and confidentiality.

Click here for a sample PDF

Editors
Dr. Nancy Kline, PhD RN CPNP FAAN

Section Editors
Joy E. Hesselgrave, MSN RN CPON®

Joan O'Hanlon Curry, MSN RN CPNP CPON®

Mary Lynn Rae, MSN RN CPHON®

Instruction Program Editor

Joan O'Hanlon Curry, MS RN CPNP CPON®
Mary Lynn Rae, BSN RN CPON®

Published in 2011

This curriculum is the foundation for APHON's Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider Course (course registration information is available at www.aphon.org). It was developed for nurses who administer chemotherapy and biotherapy to pediatric and adolescent patients and includes the following:

  • pre- and post-administration issues
  • a cancer overview
  • chemotherapy and biotherapy overviews
  • late effects of treatment
  • toxicity and system management
  • actions and side effects
  • principles of chemotherapy
  • psychosocial issues
  • chemotherapy safe handling
  • legal and ethical issues.
(248 pages)

For more information on APHON's Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Program, please visit the APHON Website. 

Section Titles and Summaries

Introduction and Standards begins with an explanation of the curriculum and courses and provides standards for practice and education.

General Cancer Overview provides a historical perspective on cancer, cancer cell characteristics, hematopoiesis and immune response, diagnosis, cytogenetics and staging, modalities of therapy, measuring tumor response, and pediatric versus adult cancers.

Chemotherapy Overview reviews cancer research and phamacokinetics and pharmacogenetics.

Principles of Chemotherapy reviews the goals of chemotherapy in the treatment of cancer to kill malignant cells and prevent them from metastasizing in order to better understand how chemotherapy works.

Principles of Biotherapy provides an overview of classes of chemotherapeutic agents, combination chemotherapy, the role of chemotherapy in childhood cancer, and modes of chemotherapy delivery.

Chemotherapy: Agents and Classifications explains classification of chemotherapeutic agents: alkylating agents, antimetabolites, antitumor antibiotics, anthracyclines, plant derivatives, corticosteroids, and antiangiogenic agents.

Safe Handling of Chemotherapeutic Agents reviews occupational exposure risks, exposure prevention, labeling and storing, administration, disposal, spills, and handling agents in the home.

Administration Considerations discusses pre-administration considerations, chemotherapy administration, and immediate postadministration issues.

Toxicity and Symptom Management provides an overview of all the systems in the body that can be affected by chemotherapy, including: the nervous, gastrointestinal, immune, integumentary, and renal systems.

Late Effects of Chemotherapy addresses the long-term, often chronic, effects of cancer and its treatment.

Psychosocial Issues provides insight on the quality of life factor for patients and their families, including adolescents and young adults.

Ethical and Legal Considerations explains the foundation of ethical principles, regulatory groups, informed consent, legal issues, medication errors, and confidentiality.

Click here for a sample PDF

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