Oncological emergencies

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Suitable for individuals of all levels of training who are interested in paediatric oncology.  It aims to further your knowledge base in assessing and managing patients presenting with oncological emergencies.   
Takes 1 – 1.5 hours to complete
Certificate for completing this course

This tutorial includes 5 cases which guide you through how to assess and manage patients with oncological emergencies.  This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the theory underlying the management of these patients.  The ‘need-to-know’ essentials when managing these patients will be highlighted.

Course director

Holly Mincher

ST4 Paediatric Speciality Trainee
Musgrove Park Hospital

Polly Powell

Consultant Paediatrician
Musgrove Park Hospital

Learning objectives

  • Recognise presenting oncological emergencies
  • Know how to diagnose, assess and initiate management of oncological emergencies
  • Have a better awareness of the pit falls to avoid for safely managing patients presenting with oncological emergencies

Level 1

  • Recognises the life-threatening nature of some acute situations in CYP and knows when to call for help or seek personal support.
  •  Carries out an assessment, makes a differential diagnosis, plans appropriate investigations and initiates a treatment plan in accordance with national and local policies.
Level 2
  • Recognises common presentations which may indicate life-threatening pathology and require urgent action.

Level 3

  • Diagnoses and supervises treatment in the common pathologies seen in babies and CYP.
Oncology Grid
  • Outcome 1 illustrations: Management of emergencies
Oncology SPIN
  • Management of childhood cancer presenting as an emergency

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