Systemic Therapy Information

Systemic therapy is high risk medication and, therefore, must be prepared, administered and handled according to specific guidelines. The NSHA Cancer Care Program has developed a number of resources for health professionals to ensure quality and safe practices associated with systemic therapy.
 

The BC Cancer Agency's patient information is currently being used as the standard reference for patient education at NSHA. The agency's information is Canadian, regularly updated and appropriately referenced. It is available on the Internet to all NSHA sites. All IV Oncology monographs in the NSHA IV Drug Therapy Manual will now have a link redirecting to the BC Cancer monograph. Oncology drugs that are also used for non-oncology indications (e.g. cyclophosphamide and rituximab) will have a full monograph for the non-oncology indications in the NSHA IV Drug Therapy Manual.

If discrepancies in the BC Cancer Agency's monographs are identified, please notify Pharmacy. Discrepancies will be brought forward and reviewed by the Oncology Therapy Subcommittee.

To help pharmacy staff, click on the ‘Pharmacy Toolkit’ button to download a toolkit especially designed for dispensing pharmacists. This is a quick reference guide to the dispensing procedures specific to each drug, as well as a guide to patient call-backs and adverse effects to anticipate. If you identify an adverse effect in your patient on the drug you have dispensed, click on ‘ADR Management’ for another guide offering practical advice on what you can do to help the patient, including supportive care products to consider. In Nova Scotia, the BC Cancer Agency's Drug Manual. is used as the trusted source of systemic therapy information.
 
Systemic Therapy Information  
Cancer Drug Name  
ABIRATERONEADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
ANASTROZOLE ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
AXITINIB ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
CAPECITABINE ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
CHLORAMBUCIL ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
CYCLOPHOSPHAMIDE ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
DASATINIB ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
ENZALUTAMIDEN/aPharmacy Toolkit
ETOPOSIDE ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
EVEROLIMUS ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
EXEMESTANE ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
FLUDARABINE ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
GEFITINIB ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
HYDROXYUREA ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
LAPATINIB ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
LETROZOLE ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
LOMUSTINE ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
MELPHALAN ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
MERCAPTOPURINE ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
METHOTREXATE ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
MITOTANE ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
NILOTINIB ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
PAZOPANIB ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
PROCARBAZINE ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
SORAFENIB ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
SUNITINIB ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
TAMOXIFEN ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
TEMOZOLOMIDE ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
THALIDOMIDE ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
THIOGUANINE ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
TRETINOIN ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit
VEMURAFENIB ADR GuidePharmacy Toolkit