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Cancer and the Older Person: Improving Care, Outcomes and Experience

University of Melbourne and Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre via FutureLearn


This course will enhance your understanding of cancer care for geriatric patients and help you to build confidence and knowledge to care for older people who have been diagnosed with or are undergoing treatment for cancer.

Explore the specific needs of older patients

1 in 2 people will develop cancer in their lifetime, and often this diagnosis comes later in life.

On this course, you’ll develop a toolkit of resources around caring for older patients throughout their diagnosis, treatment and recovery or end of life.

Learn how to talk about cancer with older patients and their families

Led by professionals at University of Melbourne, you’ll learn communication methods and modes of questioning that will help you respectfully encourage others to respect and heed expert health advice.

You might be worried you’ll say the wrong thing, but you’ll learn how to make an action plan for talking about cancer and how to help people take action in their lives to live with and help to treat cancer.

As well as helping you learn and share the facts around geriatric oncology, this course will also help you to support someone who is diagnosed with cancer later in life.

Learn with one of the world’s most highly regarded medical faculties

The University of Melbourne is ranked among the 20 best universities in the world for Healthcare and Medicine [1].

This course draws on the world leading knowledge of the University, alongside the Royal Melbourne Hospital, the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) and Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology.

Carers, doctors and nurses within this field, or family members of those suffering from a cancer diagnosis in old age.

Taught by

Kyleigh Smith


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  • I'm a humanities person with less than zero medical knowledge and I was able to keep up. There's fantastic information in this course for anyone who faces needing to be a support person for any aging person with cancer -- actually, tons of the information is useful regardless of the malady they face. Congratulations to the instructors for managing to make a topic that is difficult in many ways understandable to even me. The course was also very well paced and organized.

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