The severe side effects of chemotherapy negatively affect quality of life and may limit the amount of life-saving drug delivered to patients with cancer. These adverse events can be difficult to manage and evidence-based guidelines are lacking. Insufficient supportive care can amplify common side effects, such as chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV), myelosuppression, alopecia, gastrointestinal effects and neuropathy. Therefore, it is important to recognize the most commonly dispensed chemotherapy agents and the side effects that accompany them. Community pharmacists, as easily accessible health care professionals, can provide valuable supportive care to help manage potentially debilitating side effects. However, a major limitation when managing side effects secondary to chemotherapy is the limited access to patient information in most community pharmacies. By allowing community pharmacists increased access to patient health records using technology, limitations experienced in practice can be averted and quality care provided.
Nunner JM, Stemen J, Porter C, Hazelet E, Olah ME. Impact of Community Pharmacists on Management of Cancer Chemotherapy and the Resulting Side Effects. PAW Review. 2012 Jul 01; 3(2):Article 1 40-45 . Available from: https://digitalcommons.onu.edu/paw_review/vol3/iss2/1. Free full text article.