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Categories: Nursing, Interprofessional, Oncology

Foundations of Cancer Disease Sites - Ovarian Cancer (CDSM00OVARYODM23)

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Ovarian cancer is the most aggressive and lethal gynecological cancer and is often diagnosed in advanced stages. Because of this, ovarian cancer presents unique challenges for patients and their care teams. This course will cover the foundational knowledge you need to provide nursing care to patients with ovarian cancer and their families. This online course will build on what you learned in Foundations of Oncology Nursing Practice or Cancer Care Basics.

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

  • Identify the major structures and tissues of the ovary
  • Compare the common and rare pathological subtypes of ovarian cancer.
  • Describe the trends in ovarian cancer incidence and mortality.
  • Identify risk and protective factors for ovarian cancer development.
  • Summarize the prognosis for a patient diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
  • Educate patients about ovarian cancer prevention and risk-reducing oophorectomy.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.
  • Describe the general diagnostic pathway and diagnostic tests used for ovarian cancer and explain the purpose of the Risk of Malignancy Index (RMI) in diagnosis.
  • Apply the FIGO staging system for ovarian cancer to a case.
  • Summarize the use and goals of surgery and chemotherapy within a patient's treatment plan.
  • Assess the following five symptoms and conditions that are common for patients with ovarian cancer: ascites, intestinal obstruction, malnutrition, lymphedema and pleural effusion.

Course Syllabus

This course consists of two self-directed eLearning modules and a final quiz.

The final quiz consists of a case study where you will apply your knowledge to the care of a particular patient living with ovarian cancer. 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.

Download the full Course Syllabus.


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.