Breast Disease Nursing


In Ireland, breast cancer was reported as the second leading cause of cancer death in women (second only to lung cancer) during the period 2007-2009 and accounted for 16% of female cancer deaths. An annual average of 2,800 women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2008 and 2009 with Ireland reported to have the fourth highest estimated breast cancer incidence and mortality of 27 European countries in 2008 (National Cancer Registry, 2011).

Nurses working with breast cancer require specialist knowledge and skills as it is recognised that they are an essential component in the multidisciplinary management of this group of patients.

This module aims to provide the student with a knowledge base that exercises higher levels of judgement, discretion, decision making and skills required for the provision of specialist nursing care to patients with breast cancer.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the aetiology, pathophysiology and epidemiology and demonstrate an advanced knowledge base of breast disease.
  • Utilise advanced knowledge and critical thinking skills to develop comprehensive plans of care patients with breast cancer based on the nursing process and incorporate best evidence based practice.
  • Critically evaluate the role of the breast cancer nurse in relation to patient and families supports, psychological and social issues, education and counselling in relation to illness prevention, rehabilitation and coping strategies. Critically appraise and demonstrate knowledge of the national service provision for people with cancer
  • Critically explore the role of the breast cancer nurse as an integral member of the multidisciplinary team in providing a coordinated approach to health assessment and care planning for the patient with breast cancer and demonstrate skills in negotiation and management of conflict.


This module is scheduled to commence in early 2022. Detailed timetables will be available later in the year.