The Oncology Care Team

Oncology Pharmacists


The pharmacist plays an important role in the oncology team by providing drug information to patients, physicians and nurses.  Their duties include but are not limited to:

  • Counselling patients regarding the treatment they are receiving

  • Monitoring and managing side effects of drugs, adverse reactions and drug interactions

  • Obtaining accurate medication histories

  • Reviewing chemotherapy orders for accuracy and providing recommendations for dosing adjustments

  • Organizing and facilitating the attainment of drugs on discharge

  • Provision of safe and accurate chemotherapy drugs

  • Development of guidelines and standardized practices


Pharmacy Resources 

Canadian Association of Pharmacy in Oncology (CAPO)

Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA)

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)




T. Walton, 2005
T. Walton, 2005