Supportive Oncology Care I

Both cancer and its treatment can have dramatic side effects that negatively impact a patient’s quality of life. Many of these effects can be prevented, or reduced, with appropriate supportive care or symptom management. This introductory-level course was designed to help cancer care professionals, including Advanced Practice Providers, Pharmacists, Fellows, and others, recognize symptoms associated with cancer and determine the suitable supportive care. This expert-led course is broken down into seven sections, which feature the following common cancer symptoms and treatment side effects: febrile neutropenia, antibiotic prophylaxis during neutropenia, nausea and vomiting, a case-based discussion on chemotherapy related nausea and vomiting, hematopoietic growth factors of both RBCs and WBCs, and bone health.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Discuss topics in antibiotic prophylaxis during neutropenia and febrile neutropenia

2. Identify growth factors for red cells, white cells and platelets and define dosing, safety standards and practical recommendations for use

3. Enhance awareness regarding the need for symptom management and apply knowledge to improve the quality of life for patients with serious and life-threatening disease

4. Describe common regimens to prevent and treat bone loss

ACGME Competencies: 

  • Medical Knowledge

Institute of Medicine (IOM) Competencies: 

  • Working as a part of interprofessional teams
  • Delivering patient-centered care
  • Practicing evidence-based medicine

For additional Supportive Care education, visit the Supportive Oncology Care II course on ASCO University.


IMPORTANT NOTE: This course expires on April 27, 2019. Participants must complete all necessary course components by this date to be eligible to claim credit.

5 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.