What you get by completing this session

  • 40 mins of CPD

    A 30 minute video lecture with presentation slides, you can stop and start anytime you like. 10 minute quiz is included.

  • Certificate of Completion

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  • Easy CPD Documentation

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What you'll learn in this expert session

Understanding and education can help reduce the significant negative impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the health of patients with cancer.

From delayed diagnoses to anxiety over vaccination safety, patients with cancer are likely to have found COVID-19 and the measures taken to prevent it, detrimental to their well-being. As Prof John Boyages explains, being aware of the COVID-related issues among cancer patients allows health professionals to actively address concerns and barriers, to help these patients achieve the best possible outcome in managing their disease.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognise the impact of COVID-19 on cancer screening, diagnosis and management
  • Objectively outline the risks of COVID vaccination vs COVID disease with cancer
  • Recommend COVID-19 vaccination and boosters according to ATAGI guidelines
  • Plan for COVID-19 vaccination, suitably timed around scheduled cancer treatments 
  • Perform safe vaccination administration to patients with cancer, considering complications from cancer therapies

About the Expert

Prof John Boyages AM

Prof John Boyages AM is a breast cancer specialist with over 38 years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. He trained at the University of Sydney and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard University. He is a Radiation Oncologist at the ICON Cancer Centre Sydney Adventist Hospital and at Gosford. He has published more than 190 research papers. In 2017, he was awarded an Order of Australia for his work with breast cancer and radiation oncology.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    How to complete this course

    • Instructions

  • 2

    COVID, Cancer Patients and Vaccination

    • Summary and learning objectives

    • Video lecture (30 mins)

    • Quiz: test your learning (10 mins)

  • 3

    Document your CPD here

    • CPD Documentation and Reflection Activity Tool

  • 4


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