Cancer has been listed as one of the top priorities by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare due to the commonality of this disease and its impact. In this unit of study, students will be introduced to a range of issues related to prevention, detection and interventions for cancer. Breast cancer will be used as the exemplar, but we will also draw examples from other 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, 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.
4x1-hr lectures/week and 1x2-hr tutorial/week for 6 weeks (Week 10 - 15)
Group presentation (15mins) (30%), 2-hr exam (70%)
Students must have completed at least 48 credit points