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The Royal Marsden School

Principles of Metastatic Breast Cancer Care



Delivery method


Length of module

5 days

Academic credits and level

15 credits at level 6 or 7

Entry requirements

Applicants should currently be working in a setting where there are patients diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer

Course summary

Are you caring for patients with metastatic breast cancer? This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of advanced breast cancer, its treatment, and supportive management, assisting you to deliver the best possible care for your patients. This module is designed for nurses and allied health professionals working with patients diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. It will advance students’ knowledge and insights into the disease and its impact, enabling them to develop appropriate care, support, and services.

This module is in association with:


Key topics

  • Metastatic breast cancer biology and pathophysiology
  • The impact of metastatic breast cancer on individuals and family
  • Treatment options for metastatic breast cancer and decision making
  • Assessment and management of common symptoms seen in this client group (eg fungating breast, bone pain, fatigue)
  • Identification and management of relevant palliative care emergencies
  • Supportive communication skills and strategies


We are working to transition this module on-line. 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 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 course is currently unavailable.