Keeping patient informed and up-to-date on their prescriptions/treatment is an important role in the cancer care continuum. At HOPA, we want to provide our members and other hematology/oncology pharmacists with useful resources to help improve patient education.
These PDF flyers were created to better facilitate and start a dialogue between oncology pharmacists and patients.
Questions about your cancer medicines
Questions About Your Cancer Medicines provides patients with information they should ask their oncology pharmacists about the cancer drugs they are prescribed.
Taking chemotherapy medicines by mouth
Taking Chemotherapy Medicines by Mouth is for patients who take oral chemotherapy medications, giving them an overview of how these medications work and how to maximize their effects.
What your oncology pharmacist does
What Your Oncology Pharmacist Does is an overview of their professional responsibilities and role within the patient’s healthcare team.
Frankly Speaking About Cancer
Get an inside look at the pharmacist's role in cancer care
Over the years Frankly Speaking About Cancer has interviewed a countless number of physicians, social workers, nurses, oncologists, surgeons, mental health professionals, and scientists. One perspective not often heard is that of the oncology pharmacist. On March 7, 2017, Frankly Speaking About Cancer (in conjunction with Cancer Support Community) created an episode on the pharmacist’s role in cancer care. Watch the full episode here.
Oral Chemotherapy Education
Help patients to become active participants in their treatment.
Developed with the needs of cancer patients and caregivers in mind, Oral Chemotherapy Education (OCE) sheets provides powerful patient-education materials that answer common drug-related questions. OCE is the first partnership between the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), HOPA, National Community Oncology Dispensing Association (NCODA), and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). Oral Chemotherapy Education is an online resource library of free patient education sheets for all oral cancer drugs that are currently commercially available. All available sheets can be found at OralChemoEdSheets.com.
Time to Talk CINV
Gain a better understanding of Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting (CINV).
Studies show that 83 percent of patients receiving chemotherapy may be unnecessarily suffering from CINV. In a recent collaboration, HOPA and Eisai have developed resources for patients to learn more about CINV, and how to speak with their pharmacist about it.
Patient Assistance Programs
Help patients to find potential assistance for cancer drug expenses.
Pharmaceutical companies often provide programs to help patients with the high cost of cancer treatments. Participant's of HOPA's Industry Relations Council offer similar Patient Assistance Programs.