Introduction to cancer

  • Macmillan Professionals
  • Professionals
  • Volunteers
  • Public

Duration: 2 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.

Living with the impact of cancer
Equip yourself with the vital skills you need to strengthen your relationships with people living with or beyond cancer and help them to self-manage more effectively.

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Increase your basic understanding of cancer and how it can affect people's lives.

The course explores questions such as:

  • What is cancer?
  • How does diagnosis and treatment work?
  • What is the financial, practical and emotional impact?

Course Modules

  • First of all - test your existing knowledge and what you want from the course
  • What is cancer? What cancer is and how it behaves and develops.
  • Recognition, diagnosis and treatment. The cancer journey, from warning signs through to diagnosis, treatment and palliative care.
  • The impact of living with cancer. How cancer affects people's lives and those caring for them: their relationships, employment and lifestyle.
  • Case Study: meet Anita and follow her account of her cancer journey.
  • Resources

Course Audience

Any Macmillan professional with limited prior knowledge of cancer or who needs a refresher.


This course is generously supported by The Bonita Trust. Working for the benefit of the community.