Demonstrating the Value of the Oncology Pharmacist within the Healthcare Team

Youichiro Kakugawa*
Department of Gynae-onocology, St. James’s Hospital; Dublin, Ireland
*Corresponding author: Youichiro K. Dept of Gynae-onocology, St. James’s Hospital; Dublin, Ireland
Received date: November 05, 2021; Accepted date: November 19, 2021; Published date: November 26, 2021
Citation: Youichiro K(2021) Didactic Curriculum for the Radiation Oncology Vol. 4 No. 7: 103

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