Nutrition in Cancer Care

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Activity Description

This is a featured CE activity on the Center for Specialty Pharmacy Education (CSPE) website. CSPE is the educational hub of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP). Most CSPE activities include the pathophysiology and clinical therapeutics of various disease states in which specialty pharmacy products and services are provided. CSPE also covers legal, regulatory and operational topics relevant to specialty pharmacy practice.

Nutrition therapy is an important part of managing oncology patient’s adverse effects and hopefully by managing these issues it will increase the patient’s quality of life. The nutrition status of patients with cancer can vary at presentation and through the continuum of cancer care. It is imperative pharmacists recognize and understand management strategies in oncology patients with anorexia, dysphagia, mucositis, and xerostomia. Pharmacists also need to understand the uses and precautions with vitamins and supplements in patients receiving chemotherapy.

Learning Objectives

The target audience for this activity includes pharmacists. Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify treatment-related nutritional deficiencies such as anorexia, dysphagia, mucositis, and xerostomia in cancer patients.
  • Outline management strategies in oncology patients with anorexia, dysphagia, mucositis, and xerostomia.
  • Recognize the importance of reducing drug-drug interactions with supplements.
  • Distinguish between the different diet trends in cancer nutrition.


Megan May, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Oncology Pharmacy Specialist
Baptist Health Lexington

Steering/Review Committee

Michael Heikkinen, PharmD; Jennifer Powers, PharmD; Marcy Snell, PharmD, CSP


It is the policy of ProCE, Inc. to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of its continuing education activities. Faculty must disclose to participants the existence of any significant financial interest or any other relationship with the manufacturer of any commercial product(s) discussed in an educational presentation. Jennifer Powers has served as a Consultant for Power-Pak CE. Michael Heikkinen, Megan May, and Marcy Snell have no relevant commercial and/or financial relationships to disclose.

Please note: The opinions expressed in this activity should not be construed as those of the CME/CE provider. The information and views are those of the faculty through clinical practice and knowledge of the professional literature. Portions of this activity may include unlabeled indications. Use of drugs and devices outside of labeling should be considered experimental and participants are advised to consult prescribing information and professional literature.

CE Accreditation

Release Date: 11-21-2018
Expiration Date: 11-21-2021


This CE activity is jointly provided by ProCE, Inc. and the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP). ProCE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE Universal Activity Number 0221-9999-18-390-H01-P has been assigned to this knowledge-based, home-study activity. This CE activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour(0.1 CEU) in states that recognize ACPE providers, and is provided at no cost to participants. Completion of an evaluation and post-test with a score of 70% or higher is required to receive CE credit. Proof of completion will be posted in NABP CPE Monitor profiles. No partial credit will be given.


This activity is self-funded by NASP.


Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
0221-9999-18-390-H01-P 1 Contact Hour November 21, 2018 - November 21, 2021