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HLTH6197 Care of People with Cancer level 7

Module Overview

Care of People with Cancer is an inter-professional module for healthcare practitioners who wish to develop the knowledge informing their care of people affected by cancer. Cancer care occurs across all sectors and involves an array of practitioners in different services: primary care including both District nursing and Practice nurse teams - UK Practice nurses have been identified as key professionals in primary care who will have a vital role in managing cancer as a long-term condition; secondary and tertiary staff in both specialist (e.g. radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery) and non-specialist cancer care (e.g. emergency department & intensive care units). The intention is that achieving the aims and outcomes of this module will equip you to investigate your own practice and the service provision, and consider the changes needed to improve the care experience of those affected by cancer. This is an option module within the MSc Professional Practice in Health Sciences

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the biological nature of cancer, its development and progression, epidemiology, the modifiable and non-modifiable determinants and the implications for your practice
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the principles of and care required in cancer management (prevention, detection, treatment and survivorship)
  • Critically analyse the impact of cancer and its management on an individual’s health and wellbeing, and on that of their family/people significant to them
  • Critically evaluate the adequacy of cancer services, locally and nationally, in relation to drivers such as service user agenda, policy and research
  • Evaluate the implications of your learning in relation to your practice and your professional role in supporting people affected by cancer, including facilitation of decision making across the patient journey


This module is underpinned by national and international research and theory. The Faculty has an internationally renowned research group in cancer, palliative and end of life care, and their input contributes to this module curriculum. Students will be encouraged to use a variety of recommended resources (e.g. books, journal articles and websites). The module focuses on the impact of cancer on people, which requires an understanding of the nature of the disease and its management, and the organisation of care in service provision. Summary of the syllabus content: • The nature of significant news and reflection on practice • Influence of culture, attitudes, values and beliefs in relation to cancer • the different contexts of cancer care provision • Basic science of cancer, including the role of genetics and the immune system • Common causes, signs and symptoms of cancer • Prevention and detection of cancer • Treatment modalities, including the management of treatment consequences • The health care practitioner’s role in service provision across the cancer journey • The role of the health care practitioner in the management of cancer care • Ethical issues, advocacy and disclosure • Challenges in the transition from active treatment to other management approaches

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A variety of approaches will be used to support learning, including lectures, research presentations, facilitated group discussion, e-learning, self-directed study, and feedback from module co-ordinators / peers. The module focuses on developing a temporary ‘community of learning practice’ utilising blackboard as a resource repository. Student engagement in activities is a key tenet of the approach to learning - learning is seen as a social and interactive phenomenon. The module is structured to enable learners to consider the content of the module from a practice perspective and interact with other students in the co-construction of knowledge and development of a range of theoretical and practice perspectives. Interaction between students and module leader is structured through the module timetable Activities to engage the students in learning will include presentations to the group, using the on line resources in blackboard (including web-based teaching packages and links to relevant documents and professional bodies), reflection on practice, and peer discussions to test their ideas and gain knowledge from others. A service user has been involved in the development of some resources to prompt thinking and reflection on practice.

Guided independent study224
Total study time254

Resources & Reading list

WHO's fight against cancer: strategies that prevent, cure and care.

Wyatt, D., and Hulbert-Williams, N. (2015). Cancer and Cancer Care. 

National Cancer Patient Experience Survey.

World Cancer Report 2014.

Vickers, E. (2018). A beginner’s guide to targeted cancer treatments. 

Faithfull S., Wells M. (2004). Supportive Care in Radiotherapy. 


Assessment Strategy

An academic poster and supporting abstract


Individual Oral Presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Conference poster  () 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


There are no additional costs associated with this module. All costs associated with attendance on study days will be supported by the student (e.g. lunch and travel costs).

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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