Time: approx. 30 – 40 minutes (depending on existing knowledge)
Our three-part Introduction to pancreatic cancer course will provide an overview of pancreatic cancer, from how it presents and the symptoms associated with the disease, to treatment options and the ongoing supportive care needs of people with pancreatic cancer.
In part two of the course we explore the different surgeries for pancreatic cancer and the non-surgical treatment options including chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
This course is designed for all healthcare professionals with no or limited experience of pancreatic cancer, or those looking for a refresher.
Have you taken part one of the course exploring symptoms, risk factors and diagnosis? We recommend taking part one first before taking part two.
Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for all healthcare professionals treating and supporting people with pancreatic cancer. It is particularly relevant for the following roles:
- UGI / HPB CNSs working in secondary care and specialist centres
- Dietitians working in secondary care and specialist centres
- Doctors working in secondary care and specialist centres
- Palliative care consultants and nurses
- Support workers, patient navigators, MDT co-ordinators
Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for all healthcare professionals interested in finding out about pancreatic cancer. It is designed specifically for healthcare professionals with no or limited experience of pancreatic cancer, or those looking for a refresher.
What will you achieve from taking part two of this course?
- Knowledge and understanding of surgery for pancreatic cancer and the short and long-term impacts
- Knowledge and understanding of non-surgical treatment options for pancreatic cancer and possible side effects
You will receive a CPD certificate of completion at the end of course.
What will this course cover?
- Different types of surgery
- Duodenal and biliary bypass surgery and stents
- Different types of chemotherapy
- Different types of radiotherapy
- Irreversible electroporation (IRE)
There will be a short quiz toward the end of the course to test your knowledge of the topics.
Do I need to complete the module in one go?
No. You can start the module and come back to it at later date to complete it. The course will remember your progress.
Can I get CPD from taking this module?
Yes. This course is CPD certified. On completion of the course you will receive a certificate with the CPD stamp which you can use for revalidation.
Do I need to take part one of the course before taking part two?
We do recommend taking part one on symptoms, risk factors and diagnosis before taking part two of the course. However, it isn’t mandatory to do so and you are able to take this course on it’s own. After you’ve completed part two of the course, we recommend taking part three exploring symptom management.
If you have any questions about the course or if you need any help, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to thank the following people who contributed, reviewed and tested this online course:
- Mary Phillips, Advanced Specialist Dietitian (HPB Surgery), Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- Lynne McCallum, Pancreatic Cancer Specialist Nurse, Pancreatic Cancer UK
- Jeni Jones, Pancreatic Cancer Specialist Nurse, Pancreatic Cancer UK
- Dr Ruth Corbally, Macmillan GP Cancer Lead, Powys Teaching Health Board
- Susan Mason-Cave, Diabetes Nurse Specialist, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
- Paula Trainor, Cancer Pathway Manager (Pancreas), Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
- Rachel Haigh, HPB Clinical Nurse Specialist, Western General Hospital
Videos: People with pancreatic cancer who shared their experience
- Stuart McWilliam
- Carol Edgeley
We would like to thank the following people who contributed, reviewed and tested this online course, in addition to our Pancreatic Cancer Specialist Nurses:
- Ciaran Conway, GP
- Derek Grose, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre
- Lizzie Quirke, Senior Specialist HPB Oncology Dietitian, Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
- Rachel Haigh, Clinical Nurse Specialist – CUP and HPB, Edinburgh Cancer Centre, Western General Hospital
- Simon Gray, HPB/NET Clinical Research Fellow, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
- Steph Gooder, Lead HPB Clinical Nurse Specialist, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
- Stuart Robinson, Consultant HPB Surgeon, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle
- Helen Jones, Macmillan Information and Support Service Manager, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
- Jane Holt, Upper GI Cancer Support Worker, Whiston Hospital, St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust
- Sharon McMullen, HPB Cancer Care Coordinator, The Newcastle University Hospitals Trust
- Tracey Howells, Upper GI Cancer Support Worker, Glangwili Hospital, Hywel Dda University Health Board
Video: People with pancreatic cancer who shared their experience
- Jenny Oldfield
- Margaret Blaikie
The course content
The content of this course is supported by research, studies and guides which are referenced throughout the course content. In addition, the content has also been informed by presentations from healthcare professionals, including:
- Surgery for pancreatic cancer – Aditya Kanwar, Consultant HPB Surgeon, Derriford Hospital
- Non-surgical treatment for pancreatic cancer – Dr Dominique Parslow, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Derriford Hospital
- Prehabilitation – Dr Helen Anderson, Consultant Anaesthetist and Claire Goulding, HPB Cancer Nurse Specialist, Derriford Hospital
- Prehabilitation and rehabilitation – Kirsty Rowlinson-Groves, GM Active Programme Manager, GM Prehab4Cancer and Recovery Programme