Role of the Nurse in Facilitating Adherence to Oral Therapies in Oncology Practice

Release Date: September 21, 2015
Expiration Date: September 21, 2016
Media: Print with online posttest, evaluation, and request for credit


This activity is designed to inform healthcare professionals about issues related to adherence to oral oncology therapies.

Instructions For This Activity & Receiving Credit

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  • In order to receive a CME certificate, participants must complete the activity.
  • Complete the posttest and pass with a score of 70% or higher, complete the evaluation and then click on request for credit.  Participants may immediately download a CME certificate upon completion of these steps.

Target Audience

This activity is directed toward hematologists, medical oncologists, nurses, and nurse practitioners who manage and treat patients with cancer. Transplantation specialists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, fellows, physician assistants, and other healthcare providers interested in the treatment of cancer are also invited to participate.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this CME activity, learners should be better prepared to:
  • Appreciate the range of incidences of nonadherance to oral oncology therapies
  • List some of the negative outcomes associated with poor adherence to oral anticancer therapies
  • Identify some of the predictors of nonadherence to oral oncology therapies
  • Identify and describe the roles of individuals needed as part of the multidisciplinary teams that support patients to obtain access to oral anticancer therapies

Medical Writer

Cheryl Zigrand
Disclosure: No relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

The American Journal of Hematology/ Oncology® Editorial Board

Debu Tripathy, MD
Professor of Medicine and Chair
Department of Breast Medical Oncology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX
Disclosure: Grant/research support: Genentech/Roche, Pfizer, Puma Inc, Novartis (clinical trial support contracted to the University of Southern California and MD Anderson Cancer Center); consultant: Eisai, OncoPlex Diagnostics, Merck, Novartis.


Carol Blecher, MS, RN, AOCN, APNC, CBCN
Advanced Practice Nurse/Clinical Educator
Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center/Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Elizabeth, NJ
Disclosure: No relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Amit A. Patel, MD
Attending Physician, Hudson Hematology/Oncology
Chief, Department of Hematology/Oncology, Barnabas Health - Jersey City Medical Center
Chairman, Barnabus Health - Jersey City Medical Center Cancer Center Committee
Chairman, Jersey Medical Center Institutional Review Board
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Jersey City Medical Center - Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine, St George’s University School of Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Institute of Technology
Jersey City, NJ
Disclosure: Speaker’s bureau: Celgene

Staff/Planner Disclosures and Conflict of Interest Resolution

The staff of Physicians' Education Resource®, LLC (PER®) (Ann C. Lichti, CHCP, Michael Perlmutter, PharmD, MS, and Kerry Clayton) as well as the editorial staff of The American Journal of Hematology/Oncology® (Devera Pine) have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Commercial SupportSM, PER® resolved all conflicts of interest (COI) prior to the release of this CME activity using a multistep process.

Accreditation/Credit Designation

Physicians' Education Resource®, LLC, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physicians' Education Resource®, LLC, designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Acknowledgment of Commercial Support

This activity is funded by Physicians' Education Resource®, LLC.

Off-Label Disclosure and Disclaimer

This CME activity may or may not discuss investigational, unapproved, or off-label use of drugs. Participants are advised to consult prescribing information for any products discussed. The information provided in this CME activity is for continuing medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options for a specific patient’s medical condition.


The opinions expressed in the content are solely those of the individual faculty members and do not reflect those of PER®.

Hardware And Software Requirements

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Minimum System Requirements (Windows)
  • A Pentium-based PC or compatible computer
  • At least 64MB of RAM
  • Windows 95/98/NT/ME/2000/XP/Vista system software
  • Screen resolution of 1024 x 786 or larger recommended
  • PDF Reader: Adobe Reader 5.0 or higher, Foxit Reader 2.0 or likewise
Minimum System Requirements (Mac OS)
  • A PowerPC processor-based Macintosh computer
  • At least 64MB of RAM
  • Mac OS 7.5 or later
  • Screen resolution of 1024 x 786 or larger recommended
  • PDF Reader: Adobe Reader 5.0 or higher, Foxit Reader 2.0 or likewise

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