The Royal Marsden School in collaboration with HEE South London has designed an e-learning programme to provide an overview of the key issues in cancer care and to raise awareness of them. The programme aims to ensure knowledge for community-based workers related to the key aspects of cancer and its treatment becomes embedded into their daily activities, and aims to inspire them to support clients before, during and after cancer is diagnosed.
A number of national guidance and policy documents have highlighted a need to develop cancer services and education. Approximately 1.8 million people in England are currently living with a diagnosis of cancer; this number is increasing by over 3% each year and the total figure will rise to over 4 million by 2030. Evidence shows that many cancer survivors have unmet needs particularly at the end of treatment, whilst others are struggling with consequences that could be either avoided or managed. Some progress has been made in addressing these needs but more needs to be done. One recommendation from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer (APPGC) is that GPs and community staff need more education and support to help them in identifying warning signs and symptoms of cancer, to facilitate earlier diagnosis; manage patients on treatment and be able to support patients living with or after treatment for cancer.
The four e-learning sessions in this programme cover the following topics:
Cancer Prevention and Screening
Cancer Diagnosis and Staging
Living With and Beyond Cancer