June 2013 VOL 4, NO 3

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Patient Resources

Resources of Potential Benefit to You and to the Patients You Navigate- Part 2 of 5

Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, ONN-CG 

Continuing with our series of various unbranded offerings provided by pharmaceuticals and other companies that provide diagnostics and treatments for cancer patients, this list below comes from Merck:


  • Eating Well Through Chemo Cookbook
  • Chemo Companions
  • Managing Fatigue

The Merck Academy Topics Listed Below are Presented from an Oncology
Perspective and Impact:

  • Adherence to Prescription Medications
  • Applying Evidence-Based Medicine to Clinical Practice
  • Associated vs Causation/Observational and Interventional Designs
  • Critical Application of Biomarkers in Drug Development
  • Bringing Medications from Bench to Bedside: Myths and Realities
  • Overview of Vaccines
  • Preclinical Drug Discovery and Development
  • Principles of Clinical Trials
  • Safety and Pharmacovigilance
  • Understanding Absolute Risk, Relative Risk, and Number Needed to Treat in Research and Practice
  • Understanding Comparative Effectiveness Research
  • Understanding Statistical Versus Clinical Significance

Merck offers faculty speakers on the following topics. You would want to check with the company to review the slide decks in advance perhaps to see if these are branded or unbranded in content.

  • Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting— Pharmacokinetics
  • Pathway-Driven, Evidence-Based Oncology Care
  • Breast Cancer Treatment
  • Hepatitis C—Victrelis
  • Shingles
  • Fatigue Management
  • Temodar, Brain Tumors, MGMT
  • Human Stem Cell Transplantation

Additionally, there is an online resource called Merck Medicus ( It is not for patients specifically; however, as a healthcare professional, you can go online and access educational material for patients. (If your center restricts the distribution of material with company logos, you may or may not be able to provide them to patients. Take a look at the content and determine what works for your needs.)

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