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The Royal Marsden School

Developments in Cancer Care

Cost

£1300

Delivery method

Fully On-line

Length of module

It runs over approximately 12 weeks

Estimated hours of study

200 hours

Academic credits and level

20 credits at level 6 or 7

Entry requirements

The learner will be a healthcare professional currently working with People Affected by Cancer (PABC)

Course availability

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Course summary

The module will provide the learner with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of developments in the management of cancer and its treatment. This will include an exploration of current developments influencing diagnostics, treatment and supportive care and the impact of these on people affected by cancer (PABC). There will also be an opportunity to examine these developments within the wider context of society. 

This module will enable you to explore the relationships between developments in contemporary cancer care and the context in which these emerge. 

 This module helped me to understand where we are currently in terms of cancer care and where the development for the future is heading.

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Key topics

The biological basis of cancer

  • Cell biology
  • Carcinogenesis
  • Cancer immunology
  • Cancer genetics

Cancer diagnosis and management/treatment 

  • Advances in diagnostic techniques 
  • Development in treatment modalities
  • Developments in supportive therapies
  • Developments in living with and beyond cancer 

Sociology of illness and health

  • The social and cultural impact of cancer
  • Cancer perspectives within society
  • User engagement
  • Politics and cancer care

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module at Level 6 you should be able to demonstrate achievement of the following learning outcomes:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the emerging aetiology of cancer and how this links to developments in care
  • Explore developments in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer and the impact this has on the practice
  • Critically explore the role of personalised medicine and its impact on the management of cancer
  • Examine critically how developments in cancer care impact on outcomes
  • Critically explore the social and cultural impact of cancer

On successful completion of the module at Level 7 you should be able to demonstrate achievement of the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the emerging aetiology of cancer and how this links to developments in care
  • Critically analyse and synthesise development in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer and the impact this has on practice
  • Critically explore the complexities surrounding the use of personalised medicine and its impact on the management of cancer
  • Critically analyse and synthesise the social and cultural impact of cancer
  • Critically examine the influences shaping the future of cancer service

Dates

On-line live interactive sessions on 10, 17, 24, 31 January and 7 February 2023
Submission date: 12 April 2023

Assessment

Level 6: Essay 2,000 words
Level 7: Essay 3,000 words

Student support

Tutorials with the module leader or personal tutor are available if students require additional help with the planning and writing of their assignments. Email and telephone support are also available from the module leader/personal tutor. 

The Royal Marsden School uses an online environment called Moodle which students must access during their studies to support and enhance our courses. The site provides resources and communication tools. All students will be provided with a username and password to access module specific sections as well as general learning support such as study skills and library resources. Students also have access to the David Adams Library and Electronic Resource Centre. 

To get the best from the live video-conferencing sessions and enable you to participate fully you should have access to a computer or laptop with a camera and microphone. If you have any concerns or need help, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Related pathways

This stand-alone module also forms part of these pathways: