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Release date: August 31, 2014

Expiration date: August 31, 2015

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Oncology nurses are aware of the increasing number of immunotherapeutic agents under development, and they need to keep their knowledge of these emerging treatments up-to-date. In addition, research continues to provide more clear explanations of how the body’s natural defenses can be activated to prevent and cure cancer. This activity will review the components of the immune system, explain the mechanism of action of immunotherapies, and describe currently available immunotherapeutic agents. After refreshing their own understanding of immunotherapies, nurses can explain to patients how these treatments are used with greater confidence.


Kathy Boltz, PhD
Phoenix, Arizona


To better understand how cancer immunotherapies use the body’s natural defenses to identify and kill cancer cells.


Medical Education Resources is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This CE activity provides 1 contact hour of continuing nursing education.

Medical Education Resources is a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 12299, for 1 contact hour.


There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity. During the period August 2014 through August 2015, participants must 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures, 2) study the educational activity, 3) complete the posttest by selecting the best answer to each question on the posttest, 4) complete the evaluation form, and 5) continue to next section to claim credits and view your certificate. 

A statement of credit will be issued only upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and a completed posttest with a score of 70% or better. Statements of credit are available at the conclusion of the activity.


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The faculty reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned in this activity:

Name of faculty: Kathy Boltz, PhD

Reported Financial Relationship: No financial relationships to disclose

The content managers  reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned in this activity:

Name of Content Manager and Reported Financial Relationship

Joyce Pagán (No financial relationships to disclose)

Planners and Manager from MER (No financial relationships to disclose)


The content and views presented in this educational activity are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Medical Education Resources or Haymarket Medical.  The authors have disclosed if there is any discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA in their presentations. The opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of Medical Education Resources or Haymarket Medical.  Before prescribing any medicine, primary references and full prescribing information should be consulted. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management.


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