Oral chemotherapy medications: the need for a nurse's touch

Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2007 Dec;11(6):793-6. doi: 10.1188/07.CJON.793-796.


Since 2005, many oral chemotherapy agents have been released. Nurses often are not directly involved with patients who receive oral agents. Difficulties with adherence, safety, patient teaching, and access to oral agents can hinder treatment. Nurses can increase adherence and keep patients safe by developing standardized written prescriptions, encouraging the use of patient diaries, offering dosage calendars, and supplying contact information for an office pharmacist.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Oral
  • Antineoplastic Agents / adverse effects
  • Antineoplastic Agents / economics
  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Drug Interactions
  • Drug Monitoring / nursing
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Neoplasms / nursing*
  • Neoplasms / psychology
  • Nurse's Role* / psychology
  • Nursing Assessment
  • Oncology Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Patient Compliance / psychology
  • Patient Education as Topic / organization & administration*
  • Patient Selection
  • United States
  • United States Food and Drug Administration


  • Antineoplastic Agents