Principles of Oncology and Systemic Therapy

This course provides the basics of cancer biology and is intended as an introductory level course for those newer to oncology care.  The four sections of the course covers the topics: 1) Causal Theories, 2) Systemic Therapy, 3) Staging of Tumors, 4) Grading of Tumors.  At the end of this course, participants should be able to discuss causal theory of carcinogenesis and apply knowledge of grading and staging of tumors to oncology practice. Users will be able to describe the types of systemic therapy used for the treatment of cancer and use correct and appropriate terminology in tumor biology and cancer treatments.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe principles of normal and abnormal cellular proliferation and discuss common mechanisms of Cancer biology
  • Apply the most appropriate type of systemic chemotherapy to meet treatment goals for different types and stages of cancer
  • Associate tumor grade with prognosis and identify appropriate treatment plans for patients newly diagnosed with cancer
  • Apply knowledge of staging of tumors to better coordinate and plan appropriate treatment of newly diagnosed patients with cancer and assess their prognosis

Continuing Education Credit

4 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
  • ONCC ILNA Points in Scientific Basis/Diagnosis and Treatment Modalities
  • 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.

Important Notes
  • This course expires on May 31, 2019. Participants must complete all necessary course components by this date to receive credit.