Patient Care II

This course introduces the student to the issues involved in providing care for oncology patients who are facing a life-threatening illness. Emphasis is on assessment, intervention and basic patient care skills; prevention and management of radiation-induced side effects through use of medication, nutrition and other self-care strategies; and support services available to patients. Pain management, palliative care and complementary approaches to healthcare are also addressed. The course includes a study of drug groups and their effects on the human body in health and illness. Particular emphasis is placed on cellular mechanisms of drug action and mechanisms of therapeutic efficacy in disease states and common chemotherapeutic agents used in oncology. (lec 3) cr 3.