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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 112
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 Harmer, V. (2011). Breast cancer nursing: care and management (2nd ed.). Wiley – Blackwell. 9781405198660

McCance K. L., & Huether, S. E. (Eds.). (c2019). Pathophysiology: The biologic basis for disease in adults and children (8th ed.). Elsevier.

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)


(% 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 x3 10% 4 (online discussions a & b)

8 (online discussion c)

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 (2,000 words) 40% 6
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 (3,000 words) 50% 10
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.

Breast Cancers (112) 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.