Cover image for: Cancer: The Psychosocial Impact Across the Disease Continuum
CPD1h 30m of CPD
Total Rating(s)16
Publish Date18 April 2017
Review Date12 January 2020
Expiry Date18 April 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Course examines the psychosocial effects that can accompany a cancer diagnosis, and encourages health professionals to provide psychosocial support for patients and their loved ones who are experiencing the disease.

Topics include:

  • Responses to a cancer diagnosis
  • Risk factors for distress
  • Common concerns associated with a cancer diagnosis
  • The role of health professionals in providing psychosocial support
  • Skills for health professionals to provide psychosocial support

Target audience

All healthcare professionals who care for people diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones, both in their professional, and personal lives.


Further understanding of the impact of a diagnosis of cancer and common concerns that may arise across the treatment continuum.


A cancer diagnosis can have a significant impact on a patient, their family, and loved ones, and can raise a number of psychosocial concerns. Psychosocial support has been shown to minimise the impact of this disease and improve the quality of a person's life.

Through education, health professionals, especially nurses, are in a unique position to provide this support and really make a difference in how their patient copes with their disease.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify risk factors for distress and common concerns associated with a cancer diagnosis
  • Explain the benefits of psychosocial support
  • Describe the role of the nurse and other sources of support
  • List different types of psychosocial support strategies and how they might be applied


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.


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Katharine Hodgkinson

Dr Katharine Hodgkinson is a Clinical Psychologist with over 18 years’ experience in client care, research and education. Katharine currently leads a team of Clinical and Consulting Psychologists at HeadwayHealth providing a range of psychological interventions to support to those affected by a cancer and other heath and emotional concerns. Katharine has published numerous research papers and several book chapters in cancer care, and co-edited the book “Psychosocial Care of Cancer Patients. A Health Professional’s Guide to What to Say and Do” (Hodgkinson K and Gilchrist J, Ausmed Publications, 2008).

CPD1h 30m of CPD
Total Rating(s)16
Publish Date18 April 2017
Review Date12 January 2020
Expiry Date18 April 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topic Tags
Chronic Illness
Psychosocial Considerations
Mental Health

Further Learning

Learner Reviews


16 Total Rating(s)

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Mark Villani
15 Mar 2019

The information was relevant but not overly exciting in how it was delivered.

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Leila Dinsdale
10 Mar 2019


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Sandhya Shrestha
07 Mar 2019


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Angela Wessling
28 Sep 2018

Being interactive as a fun way to break up the course and revise the learning.

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Esther Zoe Nunn
18 Sep 2018

Lots of useful info thankyou.

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Avelina Go Chow
31 May 2018

Really needed support and education to all health professionals. Great course

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Harmeet Kaur
26 May 2018

Very useful

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Gillian Carne
25 May 2018

Good information

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Nomalanga moyo
24 May 2018

l recommend this course it gives all the information of how you would support the cancer patient and encourage them to open up for more help.

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Dayou Xie
23 May 2018

Great lessons to learn