The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA), National
Community Oncology Dispensing Association, Inc. (NCODA), and Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) have collaborated in gathering
information for and developing this patient education guide. This guide represents a brief summary of the medication derived from
information provided by the drug manufacturer and other resources. This guide does not cover all existing information related to the
possible uses, directions, doses, precautions, warnings, interactions, adverse effects, or risks associated with this medication and should
not substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional. Provision of this guide is for informational purposes only and does
not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of this medication by ACCC, HOPA, NCODA, or ONS, who assume
no liability for and cannot ensure the accuracy of the information presented. The collaborators are not making any representations with
respect to the medications whatsoever, and any and all decisions, with respect to such medications, are at the sole risk of the individual
consuming the medication. All decisions related to taking this medication should be made with the guidance and under the direction of a
qualified healthcare professional.
Oral Chemotherapy Education (OCE) sheets are provided as a free educational resource for patients with cancer in need of
concise, easy-to-understand information about oral cancer drugs. Healthcare providers are permitted to copy and distribute the sheets to
patients as well as direct patients to the OCE website for information. However, commercial reproduction or reuse, as well as rebranding
or reposting of any type, are strictly prohibited without permission of the copyright holder. Please email permission requests and licensing
inquiries to Contact@NCODA.org.
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ORAL ONCOLOGY TREATMENT TERMS ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Chemotherapy treatment cycle A course of treatment that is repeated on a regular schedule with periods of rest between. For example, treatment for 2 weeks followed by 2 weeks of rest may be considered one treatment cycle. Hormone therapy This treatment affects hormone production. Hormones can cause certain cancers to grow (e.g., prostate and breast cancer). Hormones or other medicines may be given to block the body’s natural hormones, helping to slow or stop the growth of cancer. It is also called endocrine therapy, hormonal therapy, and hormone treatment. Medication adherence The extent to which patients take medicines as ordered by healthcare providers Oral chemotherapy Treatment with medicines given by mouth to kill cancer cells or stop them from growing Targeted therapy This type of treatment uses medicine to identify and attack specific types of cancer cells. It may cause less harm to healthy cells. There are many types of targeted therapies. Some block the action of certain enzymes, proteins, or molecules involved in the growth and spread of cancer cells. Other types help the immune system kill cancer cells or deliver toxic substances directly to cancer cells and kill them. Targeted therapies may have fewer side effects than other types of cancer treatment. Bibliography National Cancer Institute. (n.d.). National Cancer Institute dictionary of cancer terms. Retrieved from https://www.cancer.gov/publications/ dictionaries/cancer terms Osterberg, L., & Blaschke, T. (2005). Adherence to medication. New England Journal of Medicine, 353, 487–497. https://doi.org/10.1056/ NEJMra05010