Adherence to oral chemotherapy: a review of the literature

Gary Mitchell, Samuel Porter, Elizabeth Manias

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Oncology is rapidly changing. Over the past few years there has been an increase in the number of patients receiving oral chemotherapy, which is often administered as tablets away from the hospital setting and in the absence of direct health professional support. This situation places onus on patients to not only administer their medication, but also to report any deterioration in their health. Medication adherence in oral chemotherapy is therefore a major concern. This article examines medication adherence for people receiving oral chemotherapy and the importance of concordant communication practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-28
JournalCancer Nursing Practice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 2014


  • Cancer
  • Oncology
  • Oncology Nursing
  • Chemotherapy
  • Oral Chemotherapy
  • Literature Review
  • Medication Adherence
  • Patient Safety


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