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To enable Registered Nurses with the opportunity to develop their knowledge in relation to supporting the individual and their families through the experience and diagnosis of a family member with either breast or gynaecological cancer.
- examine the pathophysiology, epidemiology and clinical presentation of breast and gynaecological cancers.
- identify the risk factors involved with breast and gynaecological cancers.
- outline the screening and diagnostic procedures involved in the different cancers.
- review and critique treatment modalities for the above mentioned cancers and discuss the impact of treatment on the patient.
- reflect upon and critique the nursing assessment and management of breast and gynaecological cancers.
- utilise an appropriate patient education and rehabilitation programme related to maintaining wellness within the parameters of the patient's illness.
- understand the metastatic process of cancer.
- apply knowledge of the impact that a cancer diagnosis and on-going treatment can have on the patient's self-esteem, body image and sexuality.