Cancer is not a single disease with a single cause,
rather, it is a group of distinct diseases with different
causes, manifestations, treatments, and prognoses.
Cancer nursing practice covers all age groups and
nursing specialties and is carried out in a variety of
health care settings, including the home, community,
acute care institutions, outpatient centers,
rehabilitation, and long-term care facilities. The scope,
responsibilities and goals of cancer nursing, also called
ONCOLOGY NURSING, are as diverse and complex
as those of any nursing specialty.
Because many people associate cancer with pain
and death, nurses need to identify their own reactions
to cancer and set realistic goals to meet the challenges
inherent in caring for patients with cancer. In addition,
cancer nurses must be prepared to support patients
and families through a wide range of physical,
emotional, social, cultural, and spiritual crises.
Student nurses should be aware and be ready of
facing this challenges and responsibilities as it may
affect his way of dealing to clients in all aspects of
health care settings.
At the end of the concept, students are expected to ;
1. Compare and contrast the structure and function
of the normal cell and cancer cell.
2. Differentiate the characteristic between benign
and malignant tumors.
3. Identify agents and factors that have been found
to be carcinogenic.
4. Describe the significance of health education
and preventive care in decreasing the incidence
5. Differentiate among the purposes of surgical
procedures used in cancer treatment, diagnosis,
prophylaxis, palliation, and reconstruction.
6. Describe the roles of surgery, radiation therapy,
chemotherapy, targeted therapy, hematopoietic
stem cell transplantation, and other therapies in
7. Identify and describe nursing care related to
common nursing diagnoses associated with
LENGTH OF TRAINING
Students are expected
to complete the module
within 36 hours or
equivalent to 4 days.