•   0.5hrs
  •   Public
  •   Version: 1
  •   Review due: January 2025
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This introductory module is intended for nurses who provide care to children with a cancer diagnosis. It may also be relevant to other allied health and medical staff in the field of paediatric oncology.

This course presents an overview on the role and associated procedures of radiotherapy in paediatric cancer treatment, and potential acute side effects and management principles.


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Additional Information


This module has been developed by the Paediatric Integrated Cancer Service (PICS), with input from the Children’s Cancer Centres at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne and Monash Children’s Hospital, and The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Other paediatric-related learning opportunities include:

Radiotherapy in childhood cancer: an introduction for nurses

What you will achieve

  • Describe the principles of treatment and action of radiotherapy on the cell
  • Explain the role of radiotherapy in childhood cancer
  • Outline the radiotherapy planning process, including considerations applicable to children
  • List the main techniques and technologies of radiotherapy delivered in children
  • Explain potential acute side effects of radiotherapy
  • Formulate and describe appropriate nursing interventions for managing acute side effects
  • Identify how nurses can better support in caring for the child or adolescent receiving radiotherapy

Who is this course for?

This resource is for nurses who provide care to children with a cancer diagnosis. It may also be relevant to other allied health and medical staff in the field of paediatric oncology.

 

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