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The Royal Marsden School

Principles of Gynaecological Cancer Care



Delivery method


Length of module

This module will run online over 15 weeks with 3 full days of online tutorials - please request these days off to attend; plus 5 blocks of online content; group work activities to promote: interactivity, peer learning, collaboration, and networking.

Academic credits and level

15 credits at level 6 or 7

Entry requirements

Applicants should currently be caring for patients with cancer

Course summary

 Are you currently working with or caring for patients with a gynaecological cancer diagnosis? This module will develop your knowledge of treatment pathways and experiences of individuals with gynaecological cancer, supporting you to provide effective care to patients.

Gynaecological cancers are amongst the ten most common cancers occurring in women (CRUK, 2006) representing a significant proportion of morbidity and mortality in women with cancer. Improving outcomes for this patients group requires a skilled workforce who have a knowledge and understanding of gynaecological cancers.

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Student quote

This module is in association with:


Key topics

  • Diagnosing and staging gynaecological cancers
  • Surgical management  of gynaecological cancers
  • Psycho-sexual issues
  • Supporting patients in treatment decisions
  • Fertility issues
  • Gynaecological cancer treatments and their impact
  • Living with and Beyond gynaecological cancer
  • Lymphoedema

Learning outcomes

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

  • Critically explore the aetiology, epidemiology and pathophysiology of the four main gynaecological cancers
  • Critically discuss treatment modalities used at different stages of the gynaecological cancer journey and the evidence to support their use
  • Critically analyse the management of symptoms specific to individuals with gynaecological cancer and critically evaluate the evidence supporting the relevant interventions used
  • Critically examine the contribution of the multidisciplinary team in the assessment and management of patients with gynaecological cancers
  • Critically discuss the wider social, economic and political issues that may influence the care and treatment of patients with gynaecological cancers

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

  • Demonstrate in-depth systematic knowledge and understanding of the aetiology, epidemiology and pathophysiology of the four main gynaecological cancers 
  • Critically explore the complexities of the treatments for gynaecological cancer that are utilised in the clinical setting 
  • Demonstrate initiative and originality in relation to the management of side effects relating both to treatment modalities and advanced disease processes 
  • Critically analyse the literature in relation to the planning, implementation and evaluation of the care for this group, demonstrating synthesis and application of the evidence-based practice
  • Critically explore self-awareness, interpersonal skills and specialist knowledge in order to promote the health and well-being of the individual with gynaecological cancer and identify areas for innovative service improvement


Dates will be added for new applications as they become available. Please check back regularly for updates.


Level 6: 2,000 word essay
Level 7: 3,000 word essay

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 is 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 course is currently unavailable.