•   9hrs
  •   Public
  •   Version: 1.0
  •   Review due: May 2017

This course is for all health professionals working in radiation oncology, with a particular focus on the role of nurses. The resource is designed to provide an understanding of advanced principals of radiotherapy.


This resource provides evidence based information about the side effects of radiation therapy, and describes patient assessment and supportive care management of patients receiving radiation oncology treatment.


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  eLearning guide

This case study is designed for health professionals working in radiation therapy and describes issues relating to caring for a child who is receiving radiation therapy. The focus of learning is on a child's needs and their development rather than symptom management.

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  eLearning guide

The head and neck case study follows the case of a 72 year old male patient receiving radiotherapy for a hypopharyngael squamous cell carcinoma. The module focuses on the role of the nurse as he proceeds through radiotherapy and chemotherapy and develops different symptoms and side effects. Participants learn about treatment as well as distress, nutrition, mucositis, fatigue and other side effects associated with receiving head and neck treatment.

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  eLearning guide

The palliative radiation therapy case study follows the case of a women who has recurrent breast cancer. She is referred for radiation therapy on three separate occasions as her disease progresses and she requires symptom management. This case is designed to provide an understanding of the different applications of palliative radiation therapy and also the issues that patients and families need to consider throughout disease progression.

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  eLearning guide

The complex female pelvic case study follows a young women through treatment for locally advanced cervical cancer. The patient is receiving combined chemo-radiotherapy. The case follows the patient through CT planning and then considers side effects as she proceeds through treatment. The module finishes by considering discharge planning for this scenario and late effects.

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Additional Information

In using the Advanced Radiation Oncology eLearning resource you are consenting to be involved in a research project which aims to describe which professionals undertake the course. You will be required to complete 2 short surveys (prior to and immediately post completion). 

The surveys will be completed via an online survey. All results will be confidential and aggregated so that no individual participant is identifiable. There are no risks involved in participating in this study and you may not benefit directly by being involved in this study. 

On request, a summary of the results upon completion of this research can be provided by the project team. The ethical aspects of this research project have been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of Curtin University (SONM20-2014). For further information on this study contact the researchers named above or the Human Research Ethics Committee, Office of Research and Development, PO Box U1987, Perth WA 6845 Ph: (08) 9266 2784 or email: hrec@curtin.edu.au

This project will be carried out according to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (Chapter 5.1.7 and Chapters 5.1.18-5.1.21) produced by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. This statement has been developed to protect the interests of people who agree to participate in human research studies.

I have read, and understand, this introductory statement and I understand the purposes, procedures and risks of this research project as described within it. By filling out the registration form I freely agree to participate in this research project as described.

The completion of the package will contribute to your CPD points and provide you with improved knowledge and practices around radiation therapy side effect and the role of nurses in radiation therapy. 
If you do not wish to be involved in the research study but would still like access to the modules, please email us at eviqed@eviq.org.au.

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What you will achieve

  • CPD hours
  • Understanding advanced principles of radiotherapy
  • Understanding of patient assessment and supportive care management of patients receiving radiation oncology treatment

Who is this course for?

Health professionals who are working in radiation therapy


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