Webinar Plus: Supportive care for the cancer patient

Key Information

CPD Hours: 12 hours

Course Length: Four weeks

Course Format: A mixture of pre-recorded weekly webinars (which can be reviewed throughout the course), live weekly Q&A sessions with the tutor, discussion forums to share experiences and opinions, supplementary reading material and mini-tasks that include a short assignment to review or improve literature within your own practice

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Course Information

Key Areas
  • Cancer pain – exploring mechanisms, treatments, and methods of assessment
  • Nutritional support – metabolism of cancer, designing and implementing plans in the hospital and at home, dietary supplements, complementary medicines
  • Transitioning to palliative and end of life care – assessing quality of life, making difficult decisions, saying goodbye, providing support for grief and loss
  • Client communication and relationships - core skill requirements, discussing bad news, managing expectations, looking after yourself
About this course

We are aiming to deliver this course in 2025 under a new title called Webinar Plus: Supportive care of the chronically ill patient to include more diseases than just cancer. To register your interest please email cpd@rvc.ac.uk.

Designed for all nurses in both practice and the referral setting who look after patients with cancer; this course encompasses a holistic approach to patient care that goes beyond the focus of treating only the primary disease.

Right through from the diagnosis to end of life we investigate the impact cancer can have on a patients’ wellbeing and the owner-companion bond. We will explore ways to assess these patients’ needs and go on to address nutritional demand, identify cancer-pain and improve quality and therefore quantity of life.

In addition to the practical applications within this course, as client education and support is the cornerstone to an honest and patient-focused relationship especially when it comes to animals with chronic illness, the course also discusses specific communication skills to establish and manage expectations. This will help you be prepared to have those difficult discussions, and ensure that your wellbeing is also taken care of.

Why do this course?
Although designed with cancer in mind, the elements of this blended learning course are relevant to many other examples of chronic disease and should appeal to a range of colleagues.


Nicola Read, MSc, PgC(Onc) DipAVN(Med) AFHEA RVN
Head Oncology Nurse
The Royal Veterinary College