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NQCG3148 Care of People with Cancer

Module Overview

Care of People with Cancer is an inter-professional module for healthcare practitioners who wish to develop knowledge and understanding that informs their care of people with cancer. Cancer care occurs across all sectors and involves an array of practitioners in different services: primary care sector 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 sectors 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, by achieving the aims and outcomes of this module, you will be equipped to investigate your own practice and the service provision and consider the changes needed to improve the care experience of those with cancer This module can be used as an option module for MSc Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care, in which one level 6 module can be included as a part of the University masters programme.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module aims to support you in the development of knowledge and understanding about the key issues in caring for people with cancer and their families/carers, with the goal of informing your practice and improving the services provided to people.

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
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of and care required in cancer management: prevention, detection, treatment and survivorship
  • 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


In this module there is a focus 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 breaking this to a person • 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

Special Features

This module is complementary to the post-registration module Care of People with Palliative Care needs and the MSc in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care. The module design takes account of the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) Cancer Nursing Education Framework (2018), the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Career and education framework for cancer nursing (2017) and Macmillan Cancer Support / UKONS A Competence Framework for Nurses – Caring for Patients Living with and Beyond Cancer (2014).

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A variety of approaches will be used to support learning, including lectures, research presentation from key figures in the research group, facilitated group discussion, e-learning, self-directed study, and feedback from module co-ordinators / peers. 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 look at a variety of recommended resources (e.g. books, journal articles and websites).

Preparation for scheduled sessions15
Wider reading or practice55
Follow-up work22.5
Completion of assessment task60
Total study time177.5

Resources & Reading list

The World Health Organisation’s fight against cancer: Strategies that prevent, cure and care.

Kearney N and Richardson A (2005). Nursing Patients with Cancer principles and practice. 

Keen A and Lennan E (2011). Women’s cancers. 

Communication: patient and family.. Duke, Sue and Bailey, Christopher D, (2008)Communication: patient and family. In, Payne, Sheila, Seymour, Jane and Ingleton, Christine (eds.) Palliative Care Nursing: Principles and Evidence for Practice. Page 121-144 Berkshire, UK, Open University Press

Corner J and Bailey C (Eds.), (2008). Cancer nursing: care in context. 


Assessment Strategy

The module provides students with early feedback in response to a formative assignment during the module taught time, and before the submission of the summative assignment. The forms of assessment have been designed to develop your transferable skills in presenting and academic poster writing


Coursework Presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Academic poster  (1500 words) 100%
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