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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 279
Availability From July 2021 intake, this unit will no longer be available. For further information, please refer to the Graduate Certificate in Breast Cancer Nursing webpage or contact
Term N/A
Pre-requisite N/A
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Suggested readings Wilkes, G. M., & Barton-Burke, M. (c2020). Oncology nursing drug handbook 2020-2021. Jones and Bartlett. 9781284171327 [Previous 4 yrs editions may also be used]

Harmer, V. (2011). Breast cancer nursing: care and management (2nd ed.). Wiley – Blackwell. 9781405198660

Co-ordinated by Kirsten Masters
Content Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program


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

Assessment Tasks
Type of assessment

Note the completed assessment item (e.g. Assessment 1: Online discussion)


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When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Surgery for breast cancer a) compare and contrast the types of treatment available for breast cancer according to evidence based guidelines for specific clinical scenarios and pathology findings Assessment 1: Online discussions x2 10% 4, 10
Theme 2: Systemic treatment for breast cancer b) evaluate current literature and research outcomes to identify appropriate treatment options and to ensure patients receive accurate information Assessment 2: Essay (2,000 words) 40% 6
Theme 3: Radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer c) analyse and evaluate current systematic treatments, local treatments and hormonal therapies to prevent or manage acute and latent side effects of single and combined treatments Assessment 3: Case analysis (2,500 words) 50% 9
d) identify, synthesise and discuss the range of psychosocial effects a diagnosis of breast cancer has on individuals, their family and carers.

Breast Cancer Treatments (279) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2022 Member price (10% discount)2022 Non-member price2023 Member price (10% discount)2023 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,133.00$2,370.00$2,196.00$2,440.00
Tier 2$2,434.50$2,705.00$2,506.50$2,785.00
Tier 3$2,862.00$3,180.00$2,947.50$3,275.00
Tier 4$3,420.00$3,800.00$3,523.50$3,915.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.