Welcome to the Oral Chemotherapy Management Program. Our oncology (cancer) pharmacists' first job is to help make sure their patients' cancer medicines are working safely and well. Just as cancer doctors are specialists, our pharmacists specialize in cancer medicines. They help patients with their medicine needs.
The Oral Chemotherapy Management Program checks on patients during their cancer treatment. It helps them get the best results from their medicines.
Oral chemotherapy offers the ease and flexibility of taking cancer medicines at home. To make sure our patients get the best care possible, we check on them at home between clinic visits to be sure we can help them with any issues they may have.
At the first meeting, patients learn about the following:
- The purpose of their medicine
- When to start taking their medicine
- How to take their medicine—the dose and how often
- Why it is important to stick to their medicine schedule
- Possible side effects and how to handle them
- How to safely handle their medicine
- Any possible drug interactions (when one drug changes the way another drug works)
- Other resources to give them the best care
- Answer questions and address any concerns
After the meeting, the pharmacists call the patients often. They check on patients' progress, answer any questions and make sure they are getting the most out of their medicines. The pharmacist:
- Makes sure the patient got his or her medicines. If needed, address any problems in getting them in the future.
- Checks to see if the patient has had any side effects and suggest the best treatment (if needed).
- Confirms the dose and instructions.
- Checks on any missed doses and offer tips to help the patient remember to take his or her medicine.
- Reviews lab results and schedule new lab appointments. Reviews home blood pressure readings, if needed.
- Works with the patient's doctor to address any issues.
It is very important to know how to safely handle oral chemotherapy medicines. Click the following link to learn how:
Click on the following links to learn more about these oral chemotherapy medicines:
- Hydrea, Droxia
Having trouble paying for your medicines?
Our oncology pharmacy liaisons, your pharmacy advocates, can help.