The oncology pharmacy in cancer care delivery in a resource-constrained setting in western Kenya

R. Matthew Strother, Kamakshi V. Rao, Kelly M. Gregory, Beatrice Jakait, Naftali Busakhala, Ellen Schellhase, Sonak Pastakia, Monika Krzyzanowska, Patrick J. Loehrer

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The movement to deliver cancer care in resource-limited settings is gaining momentum, with particular emphasis on the creation of cost-effective, rational algorithms utilizing affordable chemotherapeutics to treat curable disease. The delivery of cancer care in resource-replete settings is a concerted effort by a team of multidisciplinary care providers. The oncology pharmacy, which is now considered integral to cancer care in resourced medical practice, developed over the last several decades in an effort to limit healthcare provider exposure to workplace hazards and to limit risk to patients. In developing cancer care services in resource-constrained settings, creation of oncology pharmacies can help to both mitigate the risks to practitioners and patients, and also limit the costs of cancer care and the environmental impact of chemotherapeutics. This article describes the experience and lessons learned in establishing a chemotherapy pharmacy in western Kenya.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)406-416
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012


  • Africa
  • cancer
  • capacity development
  • developing world
  • Kenya
  • oncology pharmacy
  • resource constrained

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Oncology

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