Anticancer Agent Interactions with Dietary Supplements- Pharmacist


  Credits  1.5

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Dietary supplements are frequently used by cancer patients seeking alternative therapies for relief of side effects associated with chemotherapy and conditions that accompany cancer (e.g. insomnia, anxiety), as well as for treatment of cancer itself. Surveys have shown that the prevalence of dietary supplement use in cancer patients receiving conventional therapy ranges from 54 to 77%. Up to 72% of these patients do not inform their physicians. The potential for drug-supplement interactions is particularly high in cancer patients, given the narrow therapeutic index of most chemotherapy drugs. The evaluation of potential interactions is complicated since there is no uniformity among supplement products and supplement interaction studies in cancer patients, or even healthy volunteers, is scarce. Despite the lack of information, an awareness of the potential important interactions between chemotherapy agents and dietary supplements is crucial to prevent unexpected toxicity or suboptimal cancer therapy. This issue helps define several clinically relevant interactions between chemotherapy agents and dietary supplements. An evidence-based management recommendation is summarized for each. Answers to commonly asked questions on this subject are also provided.


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Course Information

Target Audience

Pharm/Nurse Drug Therapy

Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacist : 0428-0000-10-005-H01-P
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.

In order to obtain a Statement of Credit, attendees must answer poll questions where presented and complete a program evaluation. Attendees may immediately print their Statement of Credit or leave them stored on the website.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.