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Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course

The Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON) Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider Course provides a comprehensive review of the knowledge needed to administer cytotoxic and biotherapeutic agents.

Activity Details
Start Date: December 7, 2017
End Date: December 8, 2017
Time: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Borwell 758W
Lebanon, NH
Download: Event Brochure

Registration for this event has closed. There is still space available. If you would like to attend, you may register as a walk-in the day of the conference. For walk-in registration questions, please e-mail Carolyn.E.Landry@hitchcock.org.

Registration is online and by credit card only. 

The registration fees are as follows:

The course fee includes course materials, a copy of The Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Curriculum, and Continuing Education Credits. Preregistration and payment required. The registration deadline is 10 days prior to the activity date. There will be no refunds after that date. A $25 administrative fee will be retained on all refunds requested before the registration deadline. For registration questions, please e-mail clpd.support@hitchcock.org or call (603) 653-1234.

Program Content
  • Introduction and Standards
  • General Cancer Overview
  • Chemotherapy Overview
  • Principles of Chemotherapy
  • Principles of Biotherapy
  • Chemotherapy: Agents and Classifications
  • Safe Handling of Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Agents
  • Administration Considerations
  • Toxicity and Symptom Management
  • Late Effects of Chemotherapy
  • Psychosocial Issues
  • Ethical and Legal Considerations
  • Case Studies
  • Exam/Evaluations
Learning Outcome(s)

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to safely administer chemotherapy and biotherapy agents to pediatric patients.

Upon successful completion of the course and post-test, participants will receive an APHON Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider Card. This card validates that the participant has completed the education and demonstrated the knowledge needed to administer chemotherapy and biotherapy agents to pediatric patients.

Learning Objectives
  • Establish education and practice standards for the administration of chemotherapy and biotherapy to children and adolescents.
  • Promote consistent practices in the administration of chemotherapy and biotherapy to pediatric and adolescent patients.
  • Describe the characteristics of the cancer cell.
  • Identify differences between cancers in adults and cancers in children.
  • List cancer treatment modalities and how response is measured.
  • Discuss the history of chemotherapy.
  • Describe the development of the specialty in childhood cancer treatment.
  • Identify principles for cancer research and informed consent and the role of the nurse.
  • Describe important principles of pharmacokinetics in chemotherapy administration.
  • Discuss classes of chemotherapeutic agents.
  • Define combination chemotherapy.
  • List modes of chemotherapy delivery.
  • Identify biotherapeutic agents.
  • Describe indications and actions of commonly used medications.
  • Identify side effects and nursing interventions for specific biotherapy agents.
  • Recognize classifications for chemotherapeutic agents.
  • Identify common side effects for individual medications.
  • Describe nursing interventions for chemotherapy medications.
  • Describe the occupational exposure risks of chemotherapy/biotherapy.
  • List components of safe handling and disposal practices.
  • Identify components of personal protection equipment.
  • Identify components of pretreatment assessment.
  • List steps in preparation of chemotherapy.
  • Identify nursing measures for different routes of administration.
  • Describe special considerations for vesicant chemotherapy.
  • Identify the type and management of allergic, anaphylactic, and hypersensitivity reactions.
  • Describe required family teaching prior to chemotherapy administration.
  • Identify common side effects of chemotherapy by organ systems.
  • Describe nursing assessment and interventions for common toxicities.
  • List expected medical interventions for each toxicity.
  • Define late effects.
  • Describe examples of late effects by body system.
  • Define quality of life for patients receiving chemotherapy.
  • Describe risk factors for adherence to therapy.
  • Identify unique concerns for adolescents and young adults.
  • Discuss how culture influences patient and family response to chemotherapy.
  • Describe the ethical principles associated with clinical trials.
  • Identify the nurse’s role in informed consent.
  • Discuss legal issues related to chemotherapy administration.

The Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

APHON will award 13.75 contact hours. APHON urges participants to be aware of the continuing education requirements of your own state board of nursing, especially for those states in which CE is mandatory.

Additional Information

For registration questions, please e-mail clpd.support@hitchcock.org.

For accessibility needs, dietary or any other requests, please email Carolyn.E.Landry@hitchcock.org.

If you do not wish to be included on the conference participant list, please email clpd.support@hitchcock.org to inform us.

The CME and CNE Offices are not liable for expenses incurred by participants due to cancellation or changes in programs.

Parking - In order to accommodate and best serve our patients’ parking needs, we request that all weekday conference and meeting attendees park in Lot 9 and use the Lot 9 shuttle service. Shuttles run approximately every 20 minutes - please allow enough time to accommodate this. For weekend meetings and conferences, onsite parking is permitted. View directions & map to Lot 9.

DHMC Floorplan - Please visit the DHMC Floor Maps page for specific directions on locating the conference room. If your room is not shown, please stop at the information desk for directions.

Area Accommodations - For a list of lodging options in the vicinity of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center please visit our lodging page.

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