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Breast cancer treatments

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This unit of study addresses treatment options relevant to individuals diagnosed with breast cancer. Topics localised treatments such as surgery and radiotherapy, systemic treatments include chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and biological modifiers. Treatment induced side effects will also be addressed. Broader issues related to culture, body image and sexuality will be discussed along with the role of community support and follow-up.

Breast cancer treatments

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Breast Cancer Nursing

PG unit of study





Fee*Tier 2

Prescribed texts: Nil

Co-ordinated by: Musette Healey MACN



Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program


After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks

Type of assessment

Not the completed assessment item. E.g. Assessment 1. Online discussion 


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Surgery for Breast Cancer

a) Identify the impact of breast cancer in the local, national and international current setting context.

Assessment 1 Online discussions x 2



Theme 2: Systemic Treatment for Breast Cancer

b) Evaluate the influence of breast cancer programs and services in the early detection, diagnosis, treatment and improved survival outcomes of breast cancer

Assessment 2 Essay (2000 words)



Theme 3: Radiotherapy Treatment for Breast Cancer

c) Develop specialist knowledge about types of breast cancer and their associated specific pathology results

Assessment 3 Case analysis (2500 words)




d) Evaluate the psychosocial support required for people who undergo genetic testing and are diagnosed with abnormal genetic findings





e) Reflect on their own values, beliefs and attitudes to demonstrate an awareness and sensitivity to the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse individuals as well as the cultural needs of indigenous Australians.




Units commencing or have commenced in 2017

Tier 1$2,035
Tier 2$2,345
Tier 3$2,725
Tier 4$3,275

Units commencing in 2018

Tier 1$2,100
Tier 2$2,420
Tier 3$2,800
Tier 4$3,375

*Fees are subject to change without notice.