Target Audience: Participants may hold any role in the Cancer Division and will be new, or relatively new, in post (ideally within 3 months). The course is introductory and pre-supposes only a basic understanding of biology. A short review of normal cell biology is provided as pre-reading
Aims & Objectives: Intended Learning Outcomes
1. To understand the meaning of the key words and terminology in routine use in cancer research;
2. To investigate the biological basis of cancer and the link to the mechanism of action of treatments;
3. To explore the common pathways for cancer patients from diagnosis and through the different treatment modalities;
4. To review the current treatments and their adverse events;
5. To appreciate the impact of a cancer diagnosis on a patient and their family and to consider survivorship.
Introduction: Nature and symptoms of cancer, incidence & survival rates in the UK.
Cell Biology: Normal cell physiology. Abnormal features of cancer cell function. Genetic basis of cancer. Identification of potential treatment targets.
What is considered in a diagnosis; tumour site, histological cell type, status & grade.
Domains of survivorship, ongoing health issues for survivors