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NU7526 Cancer and Haematology Nursing (10 ECTS)

Learning Outcomes

Following completion of this module the student should be able to:

  • Describe the functions of the blood and the immune systems.
  • Describe the body’s immunological response to an infectious agent.
  • Discuss the principles of caring for patients receiving radiotherapy, chemotherapy, hormonal, biological, and targeted therapies.
  • Discuss the current guidelines for the safe administration of cytotoxic drugs.
  • Discuss the nursing care and management of patients with site specific cancers and the principles underlying their treatment.
  • Discuss national and global trends in relation to predisposition to risk factors related to malignancy.
  • Explore the role of health promotion in reducing the individual’s risk of developing a malignancy.

Module Learning Aims & Rationale

Nurses caring for patients’ with oncological / haematological malignancies are faced with a wide number of conditions. These include site specific cancers, cancers of the lymphatic system and metastatic disease. The aim of this module is to facilitate the nurse to develop an understanding of the different treatment modalities used to manage these conditions and to apply this knowledge to care for patients with an oncological / haematological condition (and their significant others) during their illness. Using a nursing process approach the nurse will be able to effectively assess, plan, implement and evaluate the specialist care and needs of these patients.

Recommended Reading List

Indicative Resources

  • Brown, C. G. (2010) A Guide To Oncology Symptom Management. Oncology Nursing Society: Pittsburgh.
  • Chabner, B. A. and Longon, D. L. (2011) Cancer Chemotherapy and Biotherapy: Principles and Practice. 5th edn. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: Philadelphia,
  • Corner, J. and Bailey, C.D. (2008) Cancer Nursing: Care in Context 2nd edn. Wiley Blackwell: Oxford.
  • Grundy M. (ed.) (2006) Nursing in Haematological Oncology 2nd edn. Bailliere Tindall: London.
  • Hatton, C.S. Hughes-Jones N.C. Hay, D. (2013) Lecture Notes: Haematology, 9th edn. Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford.
  • Haas, M., Hogle, W. P., Moore-Higgs, G.J., Gosselin-Acomb, T.K.. (2007) Radiation therapy: A guide to patient care. Mosby, St. Louis.
  • Hoffbrand A.V. & Moss P.A.H. (2011) Essential Haematology 6th edn. Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford.
  • Iwamoto, R.R. Haas, M.L. Gosselin, T.K. (2011) Manual for Radiation Oncology Nursing Practice and Education 4th edn. Oncology Nursing Society: Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Langhorne, M.E. Fulton, J.S. and Otto, S.E. (2007) Oncology Nursing 5th edn. Mosby: London.
  • National Cancer Control Programme:
  • National Cancer Forum (2006) A Strategy for Cancer Control in Ireland. Department of Health & Children: Dublin.
  • Provan, D. Chisholu, H. Duncombe, A. Singer, C. & Smith, A. (2009). Oxford Handbook of Clinical Haematology 3rd edn. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Skeel, R.T. (2011) Handbook of Cancer Chemotherapy 8th edn. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.

*Other readings will be provided by individual lecturers.