Continuing Education Activity
Doxorubicin is an antibiotic derived from the Streptomyces peucetius bacterium. It has widespread use as a chemotherapeutic agent since the 1960s. Doxorubicin is part of the anthracycline group of chemotherapeutic agents. Doxorubicin may be used to treat soft tissue and bone sarcomas as well as cancers of the breast, ovary, bladder, and thyroid. It is also used in the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, acute myeloblastic leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma, and small cell lung cancer. This activity will highlight the mechanism of action, adverse event profile, pharmacology, monitoring, and relevant interactions of doxorubicin, pertinent for members of the interprofessional team in the treatment of patients with cancers for which it is indicated.
- Identify the indications for using doxorubicin in a chemotherapeutic regimen.
- Summarize the mechanism of action of doxorubicin.
- Review the adverse event profile and contraindications of doxorubicin.
- Explain the importance of improving care coordination among the interprofessional team to enhance the delivery of care for patients when using doxorubicin.