The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) has called for all cancer patients to have an exercise program provided to them by a physiotherapist or exercise physiologist. In this unit of study, students will be introduced to a range of issues related to prevention, detection and interventions for cancer. Topics to be covered will include: an overview of the pathophysiology of cancer and the medical management of this condition; detection of cancer (imaging); role of exercise in prevention through palliation; prevention and interventions for psychosocial and physical impairments arising from treatments, including lymphoedema; communication strategies for persons with cancer and their families; and an overview of services for the cancer community, including the patient. One of the focuses of intervention strategies will be patient-centred care, informed by current evidence.
S1C: 2x1-hr lectures/week for 13 weeks and 1x2-hr tutorial/week for 6weeks; S2CIOC:(4x1-hr lectures/week and 1x2-hr tutorial/week) for 6 weeks
Group presentation and individual patient brochure (15mins) (40%), 2-hr final exam (60%)
Students must have completed at least 48 credit points