SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2B822616
Module Leader Louise Boyle
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Radiotherapy
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Meeting programme requirements to proceed to level 2

Summary of Content

This module will provide students the opportunity to build on their previous knowledge base of anatomy and physiology and related radiotherapy and oncology to develop and synthesise learning of radiotherapy and oncology practice in the global context. This module will also embed holistic approaches to person centred care and promote understanding of the service user and carer perspective. Key concepts relating to principles of treatment will be revisited and developed to reflect the increasing complexity of the therapeutic approach to the malignancies studied in this module.


-360 1. Radiobiology 2. Chemotherapy, targetted and biological therapies, genetic profiling and related toxicities 3. Pharmacology, supply and administration of medicines 4. Global perspectives on the clinical management and supportive care of patients with cancers of the following sites: 5. Head and Neck cancers . 6. Pharynx, larynx, tongue, floor of mouth, buccal mucosa, tonsil, salivary glands, nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, thyroid, eye and ear . 7. Stomach, small bowel, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, bile duct, colon, rectum, anal canal, kidney 8. Breast cancer 9. Para neoplastic syndromes and cancer related fatigue 10. Oncological emergencies 11. Spinal cord compression; superior vena cava obstruction, hypercalcaemia, haemorrhage.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:- 1. Explain radiobiological principles 2. Explain the rationale for chemotherapy, targeted and biological agents used in cancer treatment 3. Describe the effect of co-morbidities associated with cancer and its treatments4. Describe the oncology and radiotherapy techniques associated with tumours of head and neck, GI tract and breast 5. Describe the patient management associated with tumours of the head and neck, GI tract and breast6. Explain the patient pathway for emergency treatment in oncological emergencies

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will combine a number of key note lectures that will be complemented with a series of tutorials and independent study. A range of teaching and learning activities will be utilised to develop student learning and engagement, including role play, blended learning, directed teaching. Students are also supported by access to the virtual learning environment to facilitate communication, provide access to module materials and provide feedback on formative and summative assesments. Formative activities are undertaken at key points throughout the academic year to demonstrate effective learning in areas which are known to be conceptually challenging.

Indicative Reading

Texts -359 1. Symonds P, Deehan C, Meredith C, Mills JA (2012) Walter and Miller's Textbook of Radiotherapy: Radiation Physics, Therapy and Oncology, 7th Edition. London, Churchill Livingstone ebook 2. Barrett A, Dobbs J., Morris S.,Roques T. (2009) Practical Radiotherapy Planning 4th Edition , London, Hodder Arnold ebook 3. Hoskin P (2013) External beam therapy 2nd edition. Oxford, Oxford University Press 4. Tobias J., Hochhauser (2010) Cancer and Its Management, 6th Edition.Chichester Wiley Blackwell 5. Watson M., Barrett A., Spence R , Twelves C. (2006) Oncology . Oxford, OUP 6. Clinical Oncology - Basic Principles and Practice. Anthony J Neal, Peter J Hoskin.Hodder Arnold (2003) 7. Oxford Handbook of Oncology (2010). 3rd Ed. Jim Cassidy, Donald Bissett, Roy AJ Spence, Miranda Payne. OUP 8. Oncology: An Illustrated Colour Text. Orla McArdle, Deirdre O'Mahoney. Churchill Livingstone (2008) 9. Practical Radiotherapy Physics and Equipment, 2nd Edn. Pam Cherry & Angela Duxbury, Eds. Wiley-Blackwell (2008) 10. Radiotherapy: Principles to Practice: A Manual for Quality in Treatment Delivery, 2nd Edn. Sue Griffiths. Mediplex Ltd (2007) Journals -359 1. International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology and Physics 2. Clinical Oncology 3. European Journal of Cancer Care Websites -359 1. Royal College of Radiologists <> 2. Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines <> 3. NICE <> 4. <> Apps -359 1. Radiology 2.0 2. Cancer management handbook

Transferrable Skills

Transferrable skills associated with this module are: ICT skills, teamwork and interpersonal skills, problem solving, critical thinking, clinical reasoning, collaboration and communication skills; task prioritisation and time management skills; academic writing .

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Directed Learning 120.00
Seminars (FT) 0.00
Practicals (FT) 0.00
Lectures (FT) 50.00
Tutorials (FT) 10.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Essay n/a 50.00 35% Essay 1500 words
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% Exams Office 2 hour exam