Postgraduate Course: Cancer in Primary Care (GLHE11061)
This course will be closed from 13 January 2017
|School||Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course will outline the basic principles of early diagnosis and cancer screening in resource-poor settings, focusing on cervical, oral and lung cancer. It will include the logistics of cancer screening, and barriers to early diagnosis. It will ask how primary care can become more involved in cancer treatment and survivorship and what are the basic principles of primary palliative care.
Global Health aspects, epidemiology, health promotion/prevention.
An introduction to the Global burden of malignant disease as one of the non-communicable diseases. This should extend to aspects such as economic impact. Epidemiology of cancer worldwide should be presented and the students invited to consider how this impacts of their work locally. Aspects of health promotion that are evidence based in preventing cancer should be included.
Screening for cancer
An introduction to the theory behind screening /elements of an ideal screening programme/ limitations of screening. A mention of common cancers that are screened for (breast, cervix, colorectal) and what is involved in screening programme. Presentation of a screening programme that has been implemented eg cervical screening at CMC to provide an example and promote discussion on above themes. Overview of principles of cancer screening in resource-poor settings
Diagnosing cancer in primary care
Discussion of the common clinical signs which indicate that a malignancy may be present including those that indicate urgent referral is required. Discussion of investigations that can be initiated in Family Practice and their limitations (eg PSA, CA125, ultrasound). Information on the follow up and holistic care of a patient who has been diagnosed, is undergoing treatment or has been discharged from care.
Introduction to the basic principles of palliative care in the community including pharmacology, holistic family-focused care and other end of life issues. An overview of the key issues in delivering palliative care in resource poor settings
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Have a critical awareness of low-technology approaches to cancer screening, focussing on cervical, oral and lung cancer; the logistics of cancer screening and barriers to early diagnosis; the role of primary care in cancer treatment and survivorship
- Apply the principles of early diagnosis, cancer screening and primary palliative care to practice in resource-poor settings
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Cancer screening,primary care,diagnosis,palliative care,resource-poor settings,pharmacology.
|Course organiser||Prof David Weller
Tel: (0131 6)50 2807