Patient Care and Monitoring

1. Obtain a thorough patient medication history, both prescription and nonprescrip-tion, to prevent drug interactions with the current therapy the patient is receiving.

2. Obtain the appropriate baseline laboratory tests, and determine a time interval for reevaluation of specific laboratory tests to determine toxicity.

3. Provide education on the side effects of therapy:

• What to administer/take to prevent side effects

• When to administer/take the medication to decrease side effects

• Nonpharmacologic recommendations to minimize side effects

• Drugs that may interact with therapy

• Lab tests that need to be monitored on a regular basis

• The parameters for discontinuing or holding therapy

• If therapy is to be reinitiated, the new dose of therapy

4. Assess the patient for adverse drug reactions and drug-drug interactions.

5. Educate the patient on the signs and symptoms of infection.

6. Assess for changes in the patient's quality of life owing to side effects of drug therapy.

7. Educate the patient on measures that should be undertaken to limit sun exposure and prevent skin cancer.

8. Educate the patient on how to do skin self-examination for suspicious moles.

9. Educate the patient on follow-up recommendations after treatment for skin cancer is completed.

Abbreviations Introduced in This Chapter

BCC

Basal cell carcinoma

CPDs

Cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers

CTL

Cytotoxic T lymphocyte

ED&C

Electrodessication and curettage

HDI

High-dose interferon-a2b

IDI

Intermediate dose interferon-a2b

IFN

Interferon-a2b

IL-2

Interleukin 2

LDI

Low-dose interferon-a2b

LFTs

Liver function tests

MM

Malignant melanoma

M MS

Mohs' micrographie surgery

MTIC

5-(3-Dimethyl-l-triazenyl) imidazole-4-

carboxamide

NMSC

Nonmelanoma skin cancer

ROS

Reactive oxygen species

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Squamous cell carcinoma

SEER

Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results

SLN

Sentinel lymph node

SPF

Skin protection factor

SRS

Stereotactic radiosurgery

SSRI

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor

TMZ

Temozolamide

UV

Ultraviolet

WBRT

Whole-brain radiation therapy

XP

Xeroderma pigmentosum

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