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HSBH5007: Living with Cancer

2023 unit information

Cancer is a highly prevalent health issue in the community and survival rates are increasing for many cancers. Because of its impact, cancer is also a national health priority and is a key research area at the University. This unit of study will introduce students to a range of issues and topics related to the entire cancer trajectory including prevention, detection, diagnosis, interventions, rehabilitation, survivorship and palliative care. Topics to be covered will include an overview of the pathophysiology of cancer and the medical management of this condition, detection of cancer (imaging), effective rehabilitation interventions and roles of health professionals, long term survivorship issues, communication strategies for people living with cancer and their families, and an overview of services available to support people living with cancer. for the cancer community, including the patient. Key issues that will be addressed include person-centred care informed by current evidence.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Health Sciences

Code HSBH5007
Academic unit Health Sciences
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
Fieldwork experience, anatomy and physiology

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. describe the management of commonly presenting cancers
  • LO2. demonstrate an understanding of the typical cancer journey from diagnosis, through treatment, through survivorship and to palliative care
  • LO3. demonstrate an understanding of the roles of health professionals involved in the cancer journey
  • LO4. identify key issues and challenges for cancer survivors and their carers
  • LO5. compare, contrast and use outcome measures that are relevant for cancer survivors
  • LO6. critically appraise and apply evidence about different rehabilitation interventions for people living with cancer
  • LO7. plan rehabilitation interventions that are person-centred, goal-directed and evidence-based.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Online Cumberland, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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