Cancer Research: A Beginner's Guide
Cancer has resisted our attempts to treat it for over a century. Why? One answer is that we simply didn’t understand what cancer was. Even the tools we used to explore cancer were inadequate until an explosion of biochemical techniques in the 1980s and 90s.
Should we then have hope? I think we should. The quality of questions has improved in the last 20 years. We understand our enemy better and our tools for fighting back are improving.
You will learn more about cancer, discover how far we have come, and what the future may hold for cancer medicine.
History of cancer
Evolution’s effect on cancer
The characteristics of cancer
Cell biochemistry – how it works
Genetics and cancer
The microenvironment of cancer
Imaging the disease
More ideas for the future
This course aims to introduce cancer research assuming no knowledge on the part of the participants. We will explore what cancer is, where the challenges are and what research is developing. The course will paint a vision of how cancer medicine might change over the next 20 years.
All summer school courses are taught through group seminars and individual tutorials. Students also conduct private study when not in class and there is a well stocked library at OUDCE to support individual research needs.
By the end of this course, students will be expected to understand:
- Cancer biology and how it leads to heterogeneity and resistance
- How radiotherapy works and the opportunities for the future
- How traditional chemotherapy and targeted drugs work
- MRI, CT, and PET imaging and their applications
- The immune system and the application of immunotherapies
- The PICOT criteria for a clinical trial and will be able to interpret a P-value and confidence interval
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