Foundations to Practice: Pathophysiology of Cancer, Cancer Treatment Modalities, and the Immune System (1-3-22)

January 3, 2022

This course provides an overview of the principles and roles of various cancer therapies. Included are clinical trials, surgery, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapies, radiation therapy, stem cell transplantation, complementary therapy, a review of the pathophysiology of cancer, and the immune system. This course is strongly recommended to be taken first within the Foundations to Practice Series, as well as a prerequisite for the Comprehensive Chemotherapy and Biological Therapies Course.

Target Audience

This course addresses the needs of advanced practice providers, registered nurses, pharmacists, social workers, and other members of the healthcare team who care for oncology patients in the acute care, outpatient, extended care, rehabilitation, and home care settings. Nurses and other healthcare professionals involved in cancer care, or those who wish to expand their knowledge of cancer care, are also welcome to attend.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the role of the Foundations to Practice Series in providing care to patients with cancer.
  • Recognize characteristics of malignant disease.
  • Describe the meaning of cancer disparity.
  • Explain the role of different treatment modalities in treating patients with cancer.
  • Recall the immune system’s function in the development of cancer and treatment of cancer.
  • Identify goals of treatment for patients with cancer.
  • Recognize the role of clinical trials in treating with cancer.
  • Demonstrate learning has occurred by receiving at least an 85% on the final quiz.

Additional Information

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 7.50 AAPA Category I CME
  • 7.50 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 7.50 Attendance
Course opens: 
04/16/2021
Course expires: 
01/10/2022
Event starts: 
01/03/2022 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
01/03/2022 - 4:30pm

This course provides an overview of the principles and roles of various cancer therapies. Included are clinical trials, surgery, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapies, radiation therapy, stem cell transplantation, complementary therapy, a review of the pathophysiology of cancer, and the immune system. This course is strongly recommended to be taken first within the Foundations to Practice Series, as well as a prerequisite for the Comprehensive Chemotherapy and Biological Therapies Course.

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
United States

Amy DiMaggio, MSN, RN, CMSRN, OCN

Shrina Duggal, PharmD, BCOP

Becky McClelland, MSN-Ed, RN, OCN

Brittni Prosdocimo, MSN, RN, BMTCN

Lyn B. Robertson, DrPH, MSN, RN

Jennifer Ruth, BSN, RN, CCRP

Melissa Wilson, PA-C
 

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh 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.

The University of Pittsburgh has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 7.5 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. 

The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 7.5 contact hours.

To receive 7.5 Contact Hours, the learner must sign in, attend the entire activity, complete the activity evaluation, and achieve ≥ 85% on the quiz.

Available Credit

  • 7.50 AAPA Category I CME
  • 7.50 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 7.50 Attendance
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Cancellation Policy:

  • If you cannot attend ANY PORTION of the class for any reason, you need to directly notify the course director, Amy DiMaggio by calling 412-623-3651 and leave a voice mail message OR email Amy DiMaggio at dimaggioa@upmc.edu.
  • Participants who are NOT UPMC employees who cancel less than one week prior or do not attend, will not have the registration fee refunded.
  • UPMC Employees & affiliates who do not cancel and do not attend will have their manager notified and the unit may be billed the full registration fee.
  • Class schedule is NOT changed by school delays or severe temperature.
  • Class cancellation announcements will be recorded on the course registrar’s voicemail at 412-623-3651 and an automatic response will be posted in the course registrar’s email dimaggioa@upmc.edu.  You must call 412-623-3651 or email dimaggioa@upmc.edu to receive class cancellation announcements.
  • Please take a minute to have a discussion with your manager to determine what you should do about your time if you will not be in class (ex. weather cancellation of class).  You may be asked to plan to report to your work site if class is cancelled, so please know your plan in advance.
  • For any adverse weather conditions, please use your best judgment.
  • The program sponsors reserve the right to make changes or cancel the program because of unforeseen circumstances.  Attendees will be given notification with as much notice as possible about changes and cancellations.

Required Hardware/software

Microsoft Teams