About Oncology Pharmacist Support

UT Health Austin’s Livestrong Cancer Institutes currently provides care to those diagnosed with or at risk of gynecologic cancer as well as individuals diagnosed with gastrointestinal, head and neck, hematologic, and lung cancers.

Depending on your treatment plan, you may have an opportunity to work with our oncology pharmacist. An oncology pharmacist has expert knowledge in medication used to treat cancer and works with patients and their loved ones on understanding the disease, assessing the right medications, and avoiding unwanted drug interactions or toxicity.

Who should receive support from an oncology pharmacist

Oncology patients who receive chemotherapy as part of their treatment plan will work directly with our oncology pharmacist to understand their chemotherapy regimen, possible side effects, and potential risks.

Our oncology pharmacist also works with patients to provide supportive care, which may include support for pain, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, anemia, depression, fatigue, or other treatment-related symptoms.

What support from an oncology pharmacist looks like

Meeting with our oncology pharmacist may include reviewing the following:

  • Your current medications, changes in medications, and medical history
  • Any new chemotherapy or immunotherapy regimens
  • Medication side effects and any potential risks
  • Managing pain, nausea, and supportive care symptoms
  • Drug interactions and toxicity

Our oncology pharmacists coordinates care with the patient’s medical oncologist, advanced practice provider, and other providers so that the entire care team is aware of the patient’s needs and preferences.

What support from an oncology pharmacist is not

Our oncology pharmacist does not make chemotherapy or dispense medications. They serve as a resource to the oncology care team and the patient by being available in clinic to answer questions or discuss treatment-related needs. An oncology pharmacist will work with patients, their loved ones, and the care team to ensure medication and supportive care needs are met throughout treatment.