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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 217

Graduate Certificate in Breast Cancer Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite N/A
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Prescribed texts Wilkes, G.M. & Barton-Burke, M. (2020). Oncology nursing drug handbook 2020-2021. Jones and Bartlett, Burlington. ISBN: 978-1-284-17132-7.
Co-ordinated by Trish Lowe MACN

Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program


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

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


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(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

10% 2, 4
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 (1,500 words) 30% 6
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 15% 8
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 (2,500 words) 45% 10
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.

Chemotherapy and Other Systemic Treatments in Cancer Care (217) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2021 Member price (10% discount)2021 Non-member price2022 Member price (10% discount)2022 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,070.00$2,300.00$2,133.00$2,370.00
Tier 2$2,362.50$2,625.00$2,434.50$2,705.00
Tier 3$2,776.50$3,085.00$2,862.00$3,180.00
Tier 4$3,321.00$3,690.00$3,420.00$3,800.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.