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Principles of Cancer Care
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This unit is suitable for nurses caring for people diagnosed with cancer in a variety of practice settings including acute wards, specialist oncology units, outpatient and community care. This unit develops the fundamental knowledge and skills required to provide holistic, evidence-based care to people living with a cancer diagnosis. It contains information about the biology of cancer, prevention, diagnosis and detection. It also covers the principles of evidence-based cancer treatments and role of the specialist cancer nurse providing culturally safe, person centred care, through interprofessional collaboration. Survivorship, oncological emergencies, palliative and end of life care are explored. Students are introduced to concepts that will enable them to meet the physical and emotional needs of adults living with cancer and their families, thereby enhancing their health-related quality of life.

Principles of cancer care
Unit of study code 329
Availability 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 Prescribed textbook: Yarbro, D., Wujcik, D., & Gobel, B. (2016). Cancer nursing: Principles and practice (8th ed.). Jones and Bartlett Learning. ISBN: 978-1284055979

Recommended textbook: Wilkes, G.M. & Barton-Burke, M. (2019). 2020-2021 Oncology nursing drug handbook (23rd ed.). Jones and Bartlett Learning. ISBN: 978-1284171327

Co-ordinated by Trish Lowe MACN
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: Cancer concepts a) examine the impact of a cancer diagnosis on individuals and families from local, national and international perspectives. Assessment 1: Formative (compulsory):
Initial written response
5% 2
Theme 2: Principles of evidence-based cancer treatments b) analyse the evidence informing cancer treatment and alignment with best practice recommendations Assessment 2:
Essay or Case analysis (alt.)
40% 5
Theme 3: Person-centred care and interprofessional collaboration c) appraise the nurse’s role in providing holistic person-centred care through interprofessional collaboration. Assessment 3a: Video
Assessment 3b: Peer review
15% 7
Theme 4: Survivorship, oncological emergencies, palliative and end of life care d) develop critical thinking skills for planning and prioritising nursing care relating to survivorship, oncological emergencies, palliative and end of life care. Assessment 4:
Case analysis or Reflective essay (alt.)
40% 10
Theme 5: Cultural Safety e) demonstrate ability to reflect on the personal values, beliefs and attitudes required to provide culturally safe and respectful healthcare

Principles of Cancer Care (329) 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.