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University of Melbourne

Cancer Survivorship for Primary Care Practitioners

University of Melbourne and Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre via FutureLearn


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Understand the physical, psychosocial, financial effects of cancer

Cancer is a major burden of disease across the globe. Every year, millions of people are diagnosed with the illness.

This course will explore the importance of cancer survivorship, and show you how to develop an effective care plan for your patients.

You’ll learn about the psychosocial and emotional impact of having cancer, and the possible side effects of treatment.

You’ll find out about new and emerging cancer therapies, and the results on cancer survivors of various age groups.

You’ll understand the strain cancer puts on patients, healthcare systems, and primary care practitioners.

This course has been designed for primary healthcare providers including general practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals.


  • Communication and Coordination of Care
    • What is cancer survivorship?
    • Transitioning patients from active treatment
  • Supportive Care
    • Defining supportive care
    • Self-management
    • Return to work
  • Surveillance, Late and Long Term Effects & Palliative Care
    • Surveillance
    • Late and Long Term Effects
    • Palliative Care
  • New Cancer Therapies
    • Future Cancer Care
    • What does the future hold

Taught by

Jon Emery


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