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MMR4025

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

4 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.0833333 EFTSL

LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Caroline Wright

Synopsis

Detailed study in the treatment and simulation approaches used in treatment of skin cancer, bony and brain metastases and cancer of the bladder and rectum. Student assumes the role of advanced beginner in relation to examinations covered in the unit. Facilitates direct student performance in treatment or simulation of a patient who; has a palliative intent using a single field, is receiving a single electron field, is being treated with parallel-opposed fields, and a patient in which up to 4 fields are used or where MLCs or shielding is required. Finally, addresses medical management of cancer and the role of the radiation therapist in relation to management of treatment side effects.

Objectives

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate an advanced beginner capacity to deliver the treatment and or simulation to a patient:

  1. who requires a palliative intent using a single field;
  2. receiving a single electron field;
  3. being treated with parallel-opposed fields;
  4. in which up to 4 fields are used or where MLCs or shielding is required. In addition, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to apply:
  5. simulation principles in the application of a treatment;
  6. principles of landmarking, palpation and tattooing pertinent to the particular treatment methods;
  7. appropriate and profession interactions with patients and their families or carers;
  8. principles of dose distribution calculations studied in RTS 4020 Radiobiology and Dosimetry Metastasis and mechanisms of spread throughout the body students will also be able to communicate an understanding of the medical management of cancer; and
  9. role of the radiation therapist in managing the side effects of cancer treatment.

Assessment

Reflective case notes (20%)
Practical skills assessment (35%)
Dose distribution calculation exercises, quality assurance and verification procedures (15%)
Two assignments (30%).

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Marilyn Baird

Off-campus attendance requirements

Placement for 5 continuous weeks in a clinical Radiotherapy Department (4 weeks academic credit, 1 week professional credit).

Prerequisites

MMR4020, MMR4012, MMR4022

Co-requisites

MMR4023, MMR4024