Cancer Biology Program Course Offerings
Cancer Biology - Required
This course provides students with a rigorous and comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms that underlie the genesis and progression of human cancers. It builds on the basic science knowledge acquired in the core curriculum and the appreciation of cancer as a disease obtained from the Pathology and Cancer Medicine courses. The salient topics covered include stem cells, oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes, tumor-host interactions, invasion, metastasis and angiogenesis. A major theme of the course is to integrate the biology of cancer with the clinical behavior of tumors. Faculty from the Department of Cancer Biology and other basic science departments participate in the teaching of this course.
Histology and Tumor Pathology - Required
The overall goal of the course is to expose students to the pathology of different types of cancers that occur in humans and the methods used for diagnosis, including histology, cytology, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry and molecular diagnostics. Faculty from the Departments of Pathology and Cancer Biology teach this course. The course starts with a review of normal tissue histology of all the major organ systems and an overview of diagnostic techniques. The remainder of the course consists of organ-based lectures in tumor pathology along with a hands-on microscopic review of pathologic tumor samples. The general format of the six-week course consists of a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour laboratory session, given three days per week.
Cancer Medicine and Therapeutics - Elective
This course is designed to familiarize students with clinical aspects of cancer etiology, diagnosis, treatment and survival. The level of instruction is geared such that clinical background knowledge is not required, but provided where absolutely needed. Where possible, tie-ins with basic science and molecular mechanisms are included. Faculty are based out of the Hematology and Medical Oncology Divisions of the Department of Medicine, and include guest lecturers from nearby institutions where specific expertise is required or desirable. Curriculum includes the following topics: Cancer as a Human Disease (definitions, statistics and epidemiology; psychosocial impact); Concepts of Cancer Medicine (diagnosis, staging, therapeutics and chemoprevention); and Introduction to Medical Oncology (disease-specific epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment).
Participation in Data Club - Required