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Categories: Nursing, Interprofessional, Oncology

Foundations of Cancer Disease Sites - Sarcoma (CDSM00SARCOMAODM21)

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Sarcomas are a rare and heterogeneous group of over 50 diverse cancers with distinct clinical and pathologic features. This course will introduce you to sarcoma epidemiology, pathology, diagnosis, and treatment, covering the foundational knowledge you need to provide nursing care to adult patients with sarcoma and their families. This online course will build on what you learned in Foundations of Oncology Nursing Practice or Cancer Care Basics.

Course Objectives 

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate the three major types of bone cancer and two major types of soft tissue sarcoma (liposarcoma and GIST) by cell type, grade, epidemiology, and common anatomical sites of tumour development.
  • List factors that put a person at higher risk of developing bone cancer and soft tissue sarcoma (STS).
  • Compare the prognostic factors for bone cancer and soft tissue sarcoma.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of bone cancer and soft tissue sarcoma.
  • Describe the general diagnostic pathway for bone cancer and soft tissue sarcoma.
  • Describe the TNM staging system for bone cancer and soft tissue sarcoma and recognize which histological types of STS do not have staging groups.
  • Compare the use of surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapies, and radiation therapy in the treatment of bone cancers, liposarcomas, and GISTs.
  • Anticipate the nursing considerations for patients after limp-sparing surgery or amputation.

Course Syllabus

This course consists of four modules in total. The first two modules cover bone cancer and the last two cover soft tissue sarcoma (STS).

The final quiz consists of a case study where you will apply your knowledge to the care of a particular patient living with sarcoma. The quiz is open-book and a passing grade is 75%.

Although you can complete the various components of the course at your own pace, the course must be completed within 6 weeks from the time you register for the course. 

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Available to all regulated health care professionals working along the cancer care continuum.

Payment must be received before you have access to the course. For more information, please visit our Cancellation & No Show Policy.

Participants can pay for this course online with a credit card, or send a cheque to:

de Souza Institute
c/o The Michener Institute of Education
222 St. Patrick Street, Office 503
Toronto, ON   M5T 1V4

You will immediately gain access to the course materials and have 6 weeks* after enrollment to complete all required activities.

*Course Duration
6 weeks
Fee (CAD)
International Fee (CAD)

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To purchase multiple courses:

Learning Hours
de Souza Designation Credits
Up to 0.5 credits under Treatment and Delivery of Evidence Based Care:
3 disease sites = Total 0.125 credits
6 disease sites = Total 0.25 credits
9 disease sites = Total 0.325 credits
12 and more disease sites = Total 0.5 credits

Successful completion of either Cancer Care Basics, Foundations in Oncology Nursing Practice or Standardized Chemotherapy and Biotherapy is required to register in this course.