RADON 130 Psychosocial Aspects of Cancer Care • 2 Cr.


Explores psychosocial issues related to the care of patients with cancer. Students discuss stress, fear, stages of acceptance, belief systems, etc. Format includes lecture, role-playing, outside resources. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.


Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Identify and define psychosocial factors related to working with cancer patients and their families.
  • Explain Kubler-Ross's Five Steps of Death and Dying and identify this process in specific clinical cases. The student shall be able to articulate his/her personal beliefs and attitudes towards terminal illness and death.
  • Compare and contrast reactions of cancer patients and their families to their diagnosis.
  • Demonstrate effective therapeutic communication techniques with patients and their families through oral and written exercises.
  • Produce a journal that demonstrates the student's implementation of effective stress reduction strategies.
  • Demonstrate through the use of case studies the application of classroom topics to the clinical setting.
  • List local community resources available to cancer patients and assess their accessibility and cost to patients.