Radiation Oncology for the Primary Care Provider
Patients with cancer frequently require radiation treatment as a component of their care. With the number of cancer survivors increasing in the United States, it is important to ensure that primary care physicians (PCPs) have a basic understanding of the radiation treatment process, indications for radiation therapy, and the signs and symptoms of long term effects of radiation treatment in common malignancies (e.g. breast, prostate, and lung cancer). Fundamental knowledge of radiation therapy would allow PCPs to better care for their patients who are cancer survivors and previously received radiation as a component of their treatment. Emerging literature demonstrates that PCP’s are less knowledgeable regarding general survivorship care (Potosky et al.) and late effects of cancer treatment (Nehhlyudov et al.) compared with oncologists. Additionally, PCP’s that have knowledge regarding radiotherapy are more likely to refer patients for palliative treatment (Olson et al).
This course is designed to meet the interest of primary care physicians, radiation oncologists and radiation oncology.
• Describe the fundamental treatment process for a patient receiving Radiotherapy
• Identify basic indications for Radiotherapy
• Recognize signs and symptoms of common late effects of Radiotherapy.
The following people served as the developer(s) of this activity and their disclosures are listed below.
Malika Siker, MD has no financial relationships with a commercial interest.
Sabin Motwani, MD has no financial relationships with a commercial interest.
Additionally, the Education and CME/MOC Committees had control over the content of this activity.
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education to physicians.
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education for physicians. ASTRO designates this Enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- 1.00 Certificate of AttendanceThis activity was designated for 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
This course is available for free to all participants.
No refunds, extensions, or substitutions will be made for those participants who, for any reason, have not completed the course by the end of the qualification date. The qualification date for each course is listed in the course catalog on the ASTRO website under availability.
Participants using ASTRO's online courses to satisfy the requirement of a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program should verify the number, type and availability dates of any course before making a purchase. No refunds, extensions, or substitutions will be made for participants who have purchased courses that do not align with their MOC requirement.
The course and its materials will only be available on the ASTRO website for that 3 year period regardless of purchase date. At the expiration of the qualification, participants will no longer have access to the course or its materials. ASTRO reserves the right to remove a course before the end of its qualification period.
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