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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedNot offered in 2010


This unit builds on the prior knowledge of the health care professional with respect to anatomy, physiology and pathology of the lung, breast, prostate, head and neck, metaststic disease, rectum and bladder. It also covers oncological aspects of these cancers and the factors associated with selection of the appropriate treatment, depending on the grade and stage of the disease and the patient history. Patient care and psychological effects of a diagnosis of cancer are also introduced and students are expected to reflect on their experiences relating these to current literature for all aspects of the unit.


  • Describe in detail the anatomy, physiology, pathology of the commonly arising malignancies

  • Discuss the epidemiological and aetiological factors associated with the commonly arising malignancies

  • Appraise the procedures and techniques involved in the diagnosis and staging of the commonly arising malignancies

  • Describe the role of surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy in the management of patients with the commonly arising malignancies

  • Evaluate the factors which affect the management of the commonly arising malignancies

  • Evaluate the psychosocial issues that patients with cancer may experience and describe the available support systems


Formative Assessments;
1. Short on-line MCQ quiz ( 20 minutes duration) automatic feedback will be provided via Blackboard upon submission of answers. (Objectives 1 and 2)
2. Group discussions and response postings in relation to multidisciplinary management of cancer (Objectives 3,4,5 and 6)

Summative Assessment
1. 120 minute examination 40% (Objectives 1, 2, 3 and 4)
2. 2000 word literature review relating to management strategies for one of the cancers studied 30% (Objectives 3, 4 and 5)
3. 2000 word SOLAR clinical action plan and comparative report on psychosocial issues in cancer 30% Objective 6)

Contact hours

12 hours per week


Admission into the Master of Health Sciences


RTP 4011