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The Royal Marsden School

Foundations in Cancer Practice



Delivery method


Length of module

Equivalent to 7 days (combination of online classroom and online activities)

Academic credits and level

30 credits at level 6

Entry requirements

Applicants should currently be caring for patients with cancer

Course summary

The course provides students with an overview of cancer and its impact on people affected by cancer, giving them a foundation on which to develop more specialist knowledge.

 It will enable students to explore their professional contribution to cancer care and critically examine their role, supporting them to assess, plan, deliver and evaluate effective evidence-based cancer care. It aims to equip the learner with evidence-based, ethical and personalised knowledge and skills and is closely aligned to the European Oncology Nursing Societies Education Framework (EONS 2018).

This is an e-learning module. E-learning materials are released on specified dates and students are expected to log in and participate in the activities within the advised time periods.

 Very good module, well taught, well-paced and has definitely improved my knowledge 

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This module is in association with:


Start Dates

25 November 2021: limited availability

Key topics

The content of this module is closely aligned to the Cancer Nursing Framework (EONS 2018).

  • Risk reduction, early detection and health promotion in cancer care
  • Cancer pathophysiology and the principles of treatment decision making
  • Cancer treatment, patient and occupational safety
  • Supporting people living with and beyond cancer
  • Supporting people with advanced disease and the end of life
  • Communication in cancer care 
  • Leadership and management in cancer nursing

Learning outcomes

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

  • Critically discuss the aetiology, epidemiology, biology, diagnosis and classification of cancer
  • Critically evaluate the different treatment modalities and the rationale for their use
  • Critically analyse the impact of a cancer diagnosis and treatment on people affected by cancer, exploring the patient pathway
  • Critically examine the holistic and supportive care of individuals affected by cancer, demonstrating your professional role and the contribution multi-professional team


  • Start date: Thursday 25 November 2021- E-Learning Only-Limited availability
  • Thursday 2 December 2021- Synchronous activities 
  • Thursday 9 December 2021- Synchronous activities 
  • Thursday 16 December 2021- Synchronous activities
  • Thursday 13 January 2022- Synchronous activities
  • Thursday 20 January 2022- Synchronous activities


Level 6: 3000 word critical reflection 

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: