Cancer and Palliative Care Education

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Cancer and Palliative Care Education:
at a glance

Credential(s) Earned

Certificate Programs

Program Length

6 to 10 weeks (varies per course)


de Souza Institute offers health care professionals online courses to enhance expertise to provide the best possible cancer and palliative care.

We provide health care professionals with the advanced knowledge and expertise to handle every situation including managing a reaction to chemotherapy medication, managing anxiety and fears, and managing pain and other symptoms.

Cancer Survivorship: Partnering With Patients to Improve Their Experience

This survivorship course is suitable for all regulated health care professionals working with cancer survivors in the hospital or community setting. An outstanding team of interprofessional educators contributed to the content development addressing general survivorship issues common to all cancer types. The course takes a patient-centred approach focusing on best practices and strategies to enable patients in self-management and self-care in the three core areas of survivorship: managing their health care, dealing with the consequences of cancer and its treatment, and adopting healthy lifestyle behaviours.

Course Code – SURV

Instruction Method – Online

Length – 9 weeks

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Cancer Care Basics

This online course will introduce health care professionals to oncology. Oncology patients receive care from all health care settings – including tertiary care centres, general hospitals, community care clinics, long term care and home care.They receive care from many health care professionals, depending on their disease, treatment and needs. Given the increasing complexity of this growing patient population, caring for people with cancer and their families involves a particular set of skills and knowledge from a variety of health care professionals.

This course will introduce the essential concepts in oncology, and provide fundamental information to those who work with oncology patients and their families.

Course Code – CANB

Instruction Method – Online

Length – 10 weeks

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Interprofessional Education in Palliative and End of Life Care

iEPEC-O is an online course adapted from Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Oncology (EPEC™-O),  a well-known workshop based comprehensive curriculum originally developed by the U.S. National Cancer Institute in collaboration with the American society for Clinical Oncology and the EPEC  Project team. In 2009, it was tailored to the Canadian context by the EPEC™-O Canada team whose work was made possible through financial contribution from Health Canada through the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. The vision of the iEPEC-O on-line course is to support all health care providers who care for people with cancer and other serious illnesses, and help in the delivery of high quality palliative and end-of-life-care across Canada. The course builds on the strength of the existing workshop based curriculum and incorporates recommendations from “The Way Forward” report on person centred approaches.

Course Code – EOLC

Instruction Method – Online

Length – 10 weeks

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Introduction to Hospice Palliative Care

This course will explore definitions, concepts, evidence-informed best practices, and principles of hospice palliative care provision in Canada today. This course will cover eight sections for teaching and integrating the essential principles for hospice palliative care into practice.

Christine A. Tanner’s (2006) model for clinical judgment and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association of Canada’s (CHPCA) A Model to Guide Hospice Care: Based on National Principles and Norms of Practice (2002, rev 2013) will provide the frameworks to guide course participants when assessing and addressing the following eight domains of issues related to hospice palliative care:

  1.  Disease Management
  2.  Physical domains of issues
  3.  Psychological domains of issues
  4.  Social domains of issues
  5.  Spiritual domains of issues
  6.  Practical domains of issues
  7.  End of life care
  8.  Management of loss and grief

Course Code – IHPC

Instruction Method – Online

Length – 6 weeks

For more information and to register: de Souza Institute