This is aimed at all of the multidisciplinary team who are involved with teenage cancer care and encourages students to work together online, to develop specialist knowledge and learn how the various roles combine to offer evidenced-based teenage cancer care.
According to Cancer Research UK, there are over 2,000 cases of teenagers' and young adults' cancers per year in the UK and sadly around 280 deaths. Cancer in young people is less well understood mainly because it is relatively rare and diverse. Because of the age of this patient group, they also have unique care needs.
This continuing professional development (CPD) course has been designed to encourage you, as a health or social care professional, to meet the ever-changing demands of caring for young patients with cancer in a dynamic and transformational health care system.
We attract health professionals from all over the world, who are working with young people with cancer in a variety of roles and health care settings and economies, providing an opportunity to learn about different health care practices and experiences.
The course will cover two core modules, which provide a background in TYA cancer types and treatments, demography and care needs, including survivorship, palliative and end of life care. We will consider the physical, hormonal, emotional and mental health effects that cancer has on young people, together with the support available to them – from external organisations, such as charities and youth groups, to peer relationships, family and community networks.
There is a growing desire for health professionals to adopt a constructive, self-critical approach to their practice. In support of this, in the third and final module, you will be required to initiate a literature review in which you will have the opportunity to explore relevant literature on a selected topic of your choice, relating to your professional activities or academic specialism. This enables you to conduct an in-depth and theoretically rigorous study and then present your findings in a simulated conference setting. Past students have focused on issues such as, adherence in TYA cancer care, fertility information needs of TYA with cancer.