Contemporary Cancer Treatment

Short Course - 15 credits at SCQF level 10
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This module will give you the opportunity to explore contemporary cancer treatment specific to your area of practice. You will explore SACT, Radiotherapy, Surgery and Alternative Therapies with a particular focus on person centred and community centred care.

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

12 weeks

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Critique the theoretical issues, policies and practices relevant to the safe, effective and person centred cancer treatment.
  2. Appraise holistic management of individuals receiving a range of cancer treatments.
  3. Critique contemporary cancer treatments and associated pharmacology.
  4. Analyse factors to effectively support individuals, their significant others and the wider team during care management.
  5. Justify a comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of emerging management techniques and strategies for cancer care.

You will study

  • National and local policy in health care relating to Systemic Anti-Cancer Treatment (SACT) administration
  • Health and safety and minimising harm
  • Principles of Systemic Anti-Cancer Treatment
  • Drug development
  • Clinical trials and consent issues for adults, children and young people
  • Side effects of a range of cancer treatment and management of these
  • Minimising risks of side-effects of SACT and a range of other cancer treatments, including Radiotherapy, Surgery and Alternative therapies.
  • Communication and support issues

Learning Methods

There will be 20 contact hours for this module, this will include discussion forums and workbook activities.


The assessment for this module is a written exam.

Independent Study

130 hours of non-contact hours are expected for this module. This will be a mix of both directed and self-directed study.

Staff delivering on this course

The staff delivering this module have a wide range of clinical experience, this includes backgrounds in both Oncology and Haematology nursing, palliative care and nurse leadership and management. The lecturers delivering the module have experience within the acute sector as well as community and public health. This will enhance student experience and draw upon varied clinical experience of delivering care to oncology and haematology patients. The three module team members are all previous STAR award winners.


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All online learning students, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.


Bachelor of Nursing, BSc Nursing or relevant experience as a registered nurse within any field of practice/clinical background.


For Academic Year 2022/2023

  • All Students: £660

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


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