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About the Course

Over 500,000 people in the United States and over 8 million people worldwide are dying every year from cancer. As people live longer, the incidence of cancer is rising worldwide and the disease is expected to strike over 20 million people annually by 2030. This open course is designed for people who would like to develop an understanding of cancer and how it is prevented, diagnosed, and treated. The course introduces the molecular biology of cancer (oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes) as well as the biologic hallmarks of cancer. The course also describes the risk factors for the major cancers worldwide, including lung cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, liver cancer, and stomach cancer. We explain how cancer is staged, the major ways cancer is found by imaging, and how the major cancers are treated. In addition to the core materials, this course includes two Honors lessons devoted to cancers of the liver and prostate. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: - Identify the major types of cancer worldwide. (Lecture 1) - Describe how genes contribute to the risk and growth of cancer. (Lecture 2) - List and describe the ten cellular hallmarks of cancer. (Lecture 3) - Define metastasis, and identify the major steps in the metastatic process. (Lecture 4) - Describe the role of imaging in the screening, diagnosis, staging, and treatments of cancer. (Lecture 5) - Explain how cancer is treated. (Lecture 6) We hope that this course gives you a basic understanding of cancer biology and treatment. The course is not designed for patients seeking treatment guidance – but it can help you understand how cancer develops and provides a framework for understanding cancer diagnosis and treatment....

Top reviews

Mar 17, 2017

I am an Undergraduate student and i didnt even read oncology subject, but this course not just start the beginer level , butt gradually it goes in depth and the flow of lectuures and topics is smooth

Jul 31, 2020

Excellent course for anyone interested in knowing more about the origin, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, even for beginners. Thanks to JHU for putting such an excellent course material together!

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By Paula F

Feb 23, 2020

Very good intro to the subject. I liked the format of the questions from the imaging module.

By Preksha J

Jul 28, 2019

great course enjoyed thoroughly the entire video series will continue to do different courses

By Remi A

Jan 12, 2020

Wish te videos were more engaging. Nonetheless, a very interesting and informative course!

By Louis D

Feb 1, 2018

Well organised, appropriate content; simplified yet relevant in scope and quality.

By Khalid M E

Oct 1, 2016

this course very useful to my that i gained a lot of information from this course.

By Hagar m

Mar 23, 2021

the course is very important, and very easy to start learn about the cencer.

By Krupal J

Oct 15, 2017

It is very nice course to understand different aspects and causes of cancer.

By Richard E

Jan 31, 2021

This is very educative and informative.

The lecture structure is very good.

By Rahul M

Apr 18, 2016

Could have more indepth examinations. Reference material would be useful.


Sep 2, 2020

Debe actualizarse en cuanto a los tratamiento sobre todo inmunoterapia

By abdelazeem a e

Aug 16, 2016

very good course and explains deeply yet clearly the biology of cancer

By Teresita E B

Feb 23, 2017

Loved the way they explained everything. But the tests are very easy.


May 5, 2020

Best course for the beginners to learn about cancer and its types.

By Ruth C

Mar 10, 2021

no deberia estar con candado las preguntas, solo esa observacion.

By Dr.Uthralakshmi.N

May 13, 2020

Explanation for cancer biology was understandable and informative

By samridhi l

Jul 27, 2020

Please make it more advanced-level for University teachers too


May 29, 2020

I had a great experience. Learned a lot for my future studies.

By Tahmina A T

Jul 31, 2020

It's very helpful course to understand the basic of cancer.

By Ayman N A

Aug 27, 2018


1_ caring of statistics more than it deserves

By Alex H

Aug 23, 2020

Very good informative course, learnt a lot about cancer :)


Mar 18, 2019

Excellent, Excellent and Excellent. Highly recommended !

By Hannah t

Sep 21, 2020

The course was good and learnt many things about cancer

By Hassan A

Oct 18, 2017

Good for beginners, a bit too easy for medical students


Jun 18, 2020

Thank you very much for your valiable informations.

By Víctor P S

Nov 9, 2018

Buen curso para saber un poco más sobre el cáncer.