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Chemotherapy and other systemic treatments in cancer care

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This unit of study has been designed to develop the nurse’s ability to manage patients receiving various systemic therapies for cancer. Systemic treatment regimens i.e. cytotoxic therapy, biotherapy, targeted therapies, hormonal therapy and supportive therapies. Integral to patient care is an understanding of the complex physiological and psychological effects of diagnosis and treatment and the legal and ethical consideration of these treatment regimes. This unit of study will meet the needs of nurses who care for cancer patients in a variety of practice settings such as general wards, outpatient departments, acute care, palliative care and community, as well as specialist oncology, haematology and paediatric units.

Chemotherapy and other systemic treatments in cancer care

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Breast Cancer Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing

PG unit of study





Fee*Tier 1

Prescribed text:

Wilkes, GM and Barton-Burke, M 2016, Oncology nursing drug handbook, 20th edn, Jones and Bartlett, Boston.

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: Cancer cell biology

a) Apply knowledge of cancer cell biology to explain the principles of chemotherapy and systemic treatments

Assessment 1a Quiz

Assessment 1b Online discussion x 1



Theme 2: Principles of systemic treatment

b) Demonstrate specialist knowledge and clinical decision making skills in the assessment and management of patients undergoing chemotherapy and systemic treatments

Assessment 2 Essay (1500 words)



Theme 3: Pre-treatment considerations

c) Evaluate WH&S practice against current policy for the safe handling, administration and disposal of cytotoxic drugs

Assessment 3 Chemotherapy Nursing management reference guide



Theme 4: Chemotherapy and other systemic drugs

d) Identify, evaluate and integrate contemporary approaches to the prevention, assessment and management of treatment induced side effects

Assessment 4 Case analysis (2500 words)



Theme 5: Treatment side effects

e)Critically analyse contemporary literature to promote evidence based care for patients and liaise effectively with the multi-disciplinary care team





f) Develop professional leadership and advocacy skills to promote psychological, spiritual and cultural care in nursing practice





g) Critically reflect on and analyse own beliefs, values and attitudes in the care of patients undergoing chemotherapy and systemic treatments.




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.