Acute Oncology

  • Macmillan Professionals
  • Professionals
  • Volunteers
  • Public

Duration: 3-4 hours
Format: E-Learning
Level: Foundation
Focusing on core knowledge and skills, and looking at how to apply some of the learning in your workplace.

Programme:
The changing cancer environment
We offer an array of fundamental courses that will help you negotiate difficult situations and improve your understanding of cancer care's ever-changing landscape.

Please Note: Due to changes in legislation and best practice, some material on this course may be out-of-date. An update is in progress to correct any issues. In the meantime, please keep this in mind when using the resource.

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An introduction to adult acute oncology services, covering key principles, recognising conditions and initiating appropriate action to ensure safe and timely high-quality care.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand what an acute oncology service provides.
  • Understand the signs and symptoms for a wide range of conditions, including arthralgia/myalgia, metastatic spinal cord compression and pericardial effusion.
  • Explore how to undertake an initial assessment for these conditions.
  • Consider the initial treatment options for these conditions.

Course Audience

This resource is useful to all healthcare professionals who may have contact with cancer patients but it has been developed specifically for the following groups:

  • All healthcare professionals who answer calls on the 24/7 systemic anti-cancer therapy TRIAGE advice line
  • All trained nurses (band 6 and above) in Emergency Department/Medical Assessment Units
  • Emergency Department/Medical Assessment Unit Consultants and medical staff
  • All Consultants on the 24/7 Acute Oncology on call rota
  • All Consultant physicians and medical staff on the acute medical rota
  • Junior medical staff
  • Oncology/haematology nurses