Understanding Cancer E-learning

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Understanding Cancer was launched in April 2012 as an e-learning programme aimed primarily at MDT Co-ordinators and Cancer Registration staff. It is also likely to be of interest to other non-clincial staff working in the area of cancer.  The course covers a range of topics including an easy to understand overview of how cancer services are organised in the NHS, information about tests and treatments and detailed information by tumour site.

Each module has been developed and reviewed by clinical experts in the field and the course has been accredited by the Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM).  There are now around 40 modules available and additional modules planned  include Cancers affecting Children, Teenagers and Young Adults and Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP).

Read more about the background to the project.


We would like to thank all those who took part in our User Survey in February and are pleased to inform you that the final report has now been produced.  The findings from the report confirmed almost unanimous support for the course, with 98% finding it useful and 83% rating it excellent or very good.  Respondents' suggestions for future modules were in line with the current development plans.  Download the full Understanding Cancer User Survey Report 2014.

Modules are divided into three principle sections

Learners can pick and choose which modules they want to cover, depending on their current level of knowledge and type of job they do. For example someone starting a role as an MDT co-ordinator may want to cover all the modules in section 1 and 2 and then select the module in section 3 which relates to the MDT(s) they work with.

Key features include:

  • User flexibility to work at your own pace from work or home
  • Ability to stop and resume at any point from any computer
  • Certificate of achievement
  • Approved by the IHM
  • Reference guides
  • Modules available to be accessed on demand without restriction
  • Colourful images throughout
  • User interactions
  • Glossary of terms
  • Learning objectives
  • Quizzes 


Individuals can self-register now on the e-learning website.

Select the "e-learning" option and follow the login instructions to create a new account. An email will then be sent to you detailing how to complete the registration process.

Please note that this course is free of charge to UK users.

For further information please contact mylearningspace at ncin dot org.uk link e-learning .

Download the Understanding Cancer Flyer September 2014.