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This unit of study is designed for both breast specialist and generalist nurses. The unit of study reviews normal anatomy and physiology of the breast in relation to pathological findings associated with the different types of breast cancer. Global issues of epidemiology, aetiology, risk factors, genetics, and breast cancer screening and diagnostic factors are discussed in detail. Clinical presentation, diagnostic strategies, pathology findings and pathophysiology of specific types of breast cancers are addressed in relation to current treatment guidelines.

Breast cancers

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Breast Cancer Nursing

Graduate Certificate in 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: The Context of Breast Cancer





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

Assessment 1 Online discussions x 3



Theme 2: Transition from Normal Cells to 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 Short answer essay (2000 words)



Theme 3: Diagnosis and Pathology of Breast Cancer





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

Assessment 3 Essay (3000 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.