Introduction to the Science of Cancer
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Cancer strikes individuals, affects families and causes economic hardship. The burden of cancer will rise globally in coming years due to a growing, aging world population. This open course is designed for people who may be unfamiliar with science but are interested in developing a sound understanding of cancer and how it is diagnosed, treated, prevented and studied.

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Syllabus

Module One : What is Cancer
  • Anatomy of a cell
  • DNA, genes and mutations
  • Solid tumors
  • Childhood cancer
Module Two : Diagnosis of Cancer
  • Genomics
  • Epigenetics
  • Imaging
Module Three : Treatment of Cancer
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Immune therapy
Module Four : Prevention of Cancer
  • Tobacco 
  • Alcohol 
  • Diet 
  • Chronic infections 
  • Heredity and cancer 
Module Five : Cancer Research
  • Epidemiology and population science research
  • Clinical trials
  • Correlative research
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Instructors

  • Michael Caligiuri - College of Medicine
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Very informative on the basics of cancer biology and treatment. If you already know about cell biology most of this course will be easy.

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March 4, 2018
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Very informative on the basics of cancer biology and treatment. If you already know about cell biology most of this course will be easy.

February 25, 2018
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This was a very interesting course and well put together I enjoyed the lessons and the variety of information about the existing types of cancer.

February 5, 2018
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I took this course, because my mother was just diagnosed with Colon Cancer. Although this news was not easy I just want to be more knowledgeable about this "disease" and educate myself a little. Thank you.

January 31, 2018
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I appreciate that this course covers such a wide variety of topics, but I would love to see more than just prostate cancer examined in further depth in an independent course. I think the first instructor in this course does the best job of breaking down complex concepts into more comprehensive topics. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to expand their knowledge in how to classify cancers into carinomas, sarcomas, leukemias, and lymphomas (the four general classes caner falls into) and then how to stage them appropriately, staging of the more common types of cancer that occur, or people looking for more information about how cells interact with chemotherapies, immunotherapies, and radiotherapies.

January 23, 2018
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It was a comprehensive review of the development of cancer. I only wish we had more time to go into the specific genetics of the genes related to the development of cancer.