Oncologic Emergencies Management

When a patient presents with certain symptoms, triage must be successful to efficiently define whether it is a true oncologic emergency or not. This slide-based course will demonstrate the clinical steps to correctly identify the presentation of 10 major oncologic emergencies (hypercalcemia, tumor lysis syndrome, febrile neutropenia, cardiac tamponade, cord compression, syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion, biologics hypersensitivities and infusion reactions, hyperleukocytosis and hyperviscosity, superior vena cava syndrome, and chemotherapy hypersensitivity and infusion reactions) to better improve the care of patients with cancer.

Learning Objectives:

Case studies will be presented that will help the viewer identify the etiology, and the most appropriate evaluation and interventions of these emergencies. At the end of this course the learner should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the clinical steps to correctly identify the presentation of major oncologic emergencies to better improve the care of patients with cancer;
  • Identify the most appropriate evaluation of these oncologic emergencies;
  • Describe the most appropriate interventions for oncologic emergencies; and
  • Apply knowledge gained in order to better triage oncology patients

ACGME Competencies:

  • Medical Knowledge
Institute of Medicine (IOM) Competencies:
  • Working as a part of interprofessional teams
  • Delivering patient-centered care
  • Practicing evidence-based medicine


 IMPORTANT NOTE: This course expires on September 14, 2019. Participants must complete all necessary course components by this date.

7 Credits/Points are available for participation in this course. Certificate and credit types available include:

  • AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • ABIM MOC Points
  • CNE Contact Hours
  • CPE Credits
  • Certificate of Participation may be used to confer credit; however, all final decisions regarding the awarding of credits will be made by the licensing organization to which the credits are submitted. 
  • Certificate of Completion may be used to document participation, but no credit will be conferred.