Regardless of their practice setting, all health professionals require some knowledge and skills in cancer care. Cancer is a leading cause of the total burden of disease and injury in Australia.
Survival rates have significantly increased from 1982-86 (46.1 per cent), and in 2007–2011, five-year relative survival for all cancers combined in Australia was 66.7 per cent.1 At the end of 2009, there were 861,057 people in Australia who were diagnosed with cancer in the previous 28 years, including 370,474 diagnosed in the previous 5 years.1
Within this package are links to resources and learning modules which focus on the fundamentals of cancer care.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Cancer survival and prevalence in Australia: period estimates from 1982 to 2010. 2012; Available from: http://www.aihw.gov.au/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=10737422721.