• To be able to provide clear information regarding cancer treatments, including side effects and trade-offs, dosing and schedules, and interactions with other active medications for comorbid conditions

  • To increase clinician's skills in assessing patient's understanding of oral anticancer medications and to improve adherence through effective communication strategies (eg, telephone reminders, provision of educational materials, recommendation of expert-vetted websites)

  • To be able to perform an accurate and up-to-date assessment of health maintenance after treatment for cancer and to provide counselling regarding risk reduction for recurrence or second malignancies as well as anticipated late effects of cancer treatment

  • Awareness of the importance of patient-centred communication that is clear and appropriate for the patient's educational level, culture and language preference

  • Awareness of the existence of long-term sequelae of cancer treatments, including systemic therapy (chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy), radiation therapy and surgery

  • Appreciation of the impact of cancer treatment on psychological well-being

  • Awareness of the importance of screening for early detection of second malignancies

  • Appreciation of the need for genetic testing or counselling for the patient and family members if considered at higher than average risk

  • Familiarity with genetic syndromes associated with susceptibility to cancer

  • Understanding of the emotional and psychological impact of cancer treatment

  • Familiarity with techniques for eliciting patients’ concerns at follow-up visits

  • Knowledge of the long-term complications of cancer therapies such as the incidence of systemic therapy-induced secondary leukaemia or solid malignant tumours, radiation-induced sarcomas and endocrine dysfunction, respectively

  • Knowledge of appropriate testing indicated for surveillance and monitoring after completion of active cancer-directed therapies

  • Understanding of the role and importance of referral to the patient support groups

  • Competence in basic interviewing and communication skills, including translation of complex data to understandable clear information regarding diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care

  • Ability to communicate effectively with the patient, family caregivers and colleagues from other disciplines involved in the patient's care

  • Ability to check the patient's understanding (eg, teach-back technique)

  • Ability to provide guidance and emotional support during and after completion of active cancer therapy and to refer patients exhibiting emotional distress to appropriate mental health professionals

  • Ability to discuss approaches to risk reduction, including chemoprevention when indicated

  • Ability to recognise long-term complications of cancer therapies and their management

  • Ability to offer recommendations about lifestyle modifications, including smoking cessation, healthy eating, exercise and reduction in alcohol consumption and sun exposure