Safe and Efficacious Use of Immuno-Oncology Agents: Pharmacist-Driven Strategies to Improve Outcomes (Article)
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Val R. Adams, PharmD, FCCP, BCOP
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice & Science
Markey Cancer Center
University of Kentucky
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May 31, 2018
November 21, 2018 (See updates at the end of the monograph)
May 31, 2019
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To educate pharmacists about the most up-to-date information on oncology immunotherapies, their safe and effective use and pharmacist-driven strategies to optimize patient care and outcomes.
At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:
- Describe the mechanisms of action for immuno-oncology (IO) agents in development—particularly immune checkpoint inhibitors—and their roles in various cancer types
- Identify unique response patterns to these IO therapies and the impact on clinical practice
- Demonstrate pharmacist-driven strategies to recognize and effectively manage immune-related adverse events
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