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Class Information for Oncology Education Series - ONS Cancer Basics Online

Session: September 2023
Type: Online
Class Size: 20
# Openings: 19
Class Session Date(s): 09/01/23 - 09/30/23
Registration Dates: 08/15/2022 09:57 AM - 09/30/2023 10:57 AM
Coordinator: Joan Aaron


Cancer Basics is an introductory course and provides a concentrated, self-paced learning experience on the fundamentals of cancer biology, cancer treatment, management of cancer-related symptoms, and patient and family care. Cancer Basics is an online, on-demand course.

This course is for Clinical Center Nursing Department employees only.

Contact Hours

6 contact hours will be awarded if all course requirements are met.

Special Comments

This course is offered on-demand. It is not date specific. This will be completed as self-study. Registration is a two-part process. First, you register with the CCND via ClassTrack Course Registration system and then you will receive an email from the course coordinator in your work email account. This email will contain detailed instructions to link your ONS account to the On Demand platform. You must use the activation link from your work email account to complete this prior to taking the course. You will be enrolled in the ONS course at no cost to you through the On Demand Platform. You will then be able to access this course from any computer by logging into your personal ONS account. This course begins once this class is pushed to your account on ons.org. You will enjoy access to the course material for 180 days. You can register at any time. Your user account activation instructions will be emailed to you at the beginning of the month you have registered.

Target Audience

This course is for nurses caring for oncology patients in oncology as well as non-oncology areas in inpatient and ambulatory care settings. This course is appropriate for new graduates and nurses transitioning to a new role in oncology. Ideally, participants complete this course within their first 6 months of practice at NIH. In order to enroll in this course, you must be an employee of the Clinical Center Nursing Department

Course Objectives

Following completion of the Oncology Education Series – Cancer Basics (online ONS Cancer Basics course), the participant will be able to: •Describe how mutations lead to the formation of cancer. •State the seven warning signs of cancer. •Distinguish primary prevention from secondary prevention. •Distinguish cure, control, and palliation as treatment goals. •Describe three potential side effects related to external beam radiotherapy. •Compare the mechanisms of action of chemotherapy and anti-angiogenesis therapy. •Distinguish elements in a collaborative management plan for pain control. •Describe nutritional modifications to minimize diarrhea and anorexia/cachexia. •State interventions to minimize fatigue in a patient with cancer. •Describe cancer as a chronic disease. •Identify national goals to treat cancer as a chronic disease. •State major challenges to effective coping for patients with cancer and their families


None. This is a prerequisite course for nurses new to the Chemotherapy and Biotherapy administration competency, who are planning to take the “ONS Online Chemotherapy/Immunotherapy with Nursing Department Bridge to Practice” course.

Additional Information

This course is not date specific. It can be started on any day during the month enrolled.

Session Schedule

Date Times Location
Friday September 01, 2023 07:00 AM - 07:00 AM NIH Clinical Center:ONLINE