Course: Palliative care in oncology

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Course title Palliative care in oncology
Course code KKO/P8PPO
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study 1
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Vaňásek Jaroslav, doc. MUDr. CSc.
  • Kopecký Michal, Mgr.
Course content
General oncology - carcinogenesis, characteristics of tumour growth, tumour nomenclature. Overview of risk factors for tumour development, principles of primary prevention and early detection of malignant tumours, modern screening and diagnostic methods. Fundamental treatment methods in oncology - surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, biological response modificators, bone marrow transplantation. Complications of antitumour treatment, methods of nursing care of patients with neuropathies, impaired skin integrity, myelosuppression, and organ disorders. Complications of progression of a tumour illness and their treatment. Evaluation of quality of life of oncological patients, causes and risk factors for the development of complications, their diagnostics and evaluation. Statistical methods in oncology. Sources of ionizing radiation in radiotherapy. Protection against the effects of ionizing radiation. Safety requirements for work with cytostatics.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book)
Learning outcomes
The aim of palliative care is to manage symptoms of an incurable illness, to maintain the best possible quality of life, and to reduce limitations brought on by the illness. The study graduate participates in the care of patients and collaborates with their families.
The student manages communication with the patient and psychosocial and spiritual care, knows oncological documentation, knows risk factors for the development of oncological illnesses, knows the principles of oncological treatment including safety requirements for work with cytostatics, knows treatment of pain, knows undesired effects of oncological therapy, anatomical and functional consequences of care of oncological patients, knows basic TNM classification of tumours, knows basic nursing care of the oncological patient, and coordination of patient care.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination

Completion of compulsory 50% attendance at the lectures. Completion of compulsory 80% attendance at the practicum sessions and seminars. Successful completion of an oral examination.
Recommended literature
  • ADAM, Z.; KREJČÍ, M.; VORLÍČEK, J. Obecná onkologie. 1. vyd. Praha: Galén, 2011.
  • SLÁMA, O.; KABELKA, L.; VORLÍČEK, J. et al. Paliativní medicína pro praxi. Praha: Galén, 2007.
  • VAŇÁSEK, J.; ČERMÁKOVÁ, K.; KOLÁŘOVÁ, I. Paliativní péče v onkologii. 1. vydání, Univerzita Pardubice, 2013.
  • VORLÍČEK J. Onkologie. 1. vyd. Praha: Triton, 2012.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Health Studies Nursing in selected clinical specialties (2014) Health service 1 Summer
Faculty of Health Studies Nursing in selected clinical specialties (2013) Health service 1 Summer