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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 18, 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


Aug 01, 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 Trevor J H

Dec 31, 2017

Top course, very interesting and informative. Highly recommended!

By Giovanne D

Jul 06, 2020

Great course, which I would like to have a complementary course.

By Sanghita B

Jul 04, 2020

This course was really very helpful. It was easy to understand .

By Karthika J

Jun 12, 2020


By Aadhavan

May 29, 2020

I really enjoyed the course, it gave me a different perspective.

By Mark S

Feb 26, 2020

Great course! I learned a lot. Format and pacing were excellent.

By Akshay S S

Jun 28, 2019

It is very useful. And thank you for sharing information with me

By Luitgard K

May 03, 2018

An easy to follow but thorough course. Engaging and interesting.

By Jason L

Jun 21, 2017

Love it, easy to use and understand too. Definitely recommend it

By Maraeh M

Aug 09, 2016

Very informative and helpful to both students and professionals.

By Pedro H d O

Apr 27, 2016

Linguagem clara, informações pertinentes e de fácil compreensão!

By Karen C

Jul 20, 2020

Me encanto, aprendí muchas cosas nuevas. Lo recomiendo al 100%.

By Shweta

Aug 20, 2018

I find this to be a very informative and well presented course.

By Mahmoud M E

Dec 29, 2017

really it was a fruitful course , hope you make an advanced one

By Muneeb F

Jul 12, 2020

I have learnt to identify the major types of cancer worldwide.

By Ashnoor K S

May 05, 2020

I highly recommend this course. I learned a lot of new things.

By Dr S K J

Jul 31, 2017

wonderful courses and lot of knowledge obtained in this course


May 10, 2020

Excellent course!! All concepts are explained from the basics

By Soumyadeep P

Jun 15, 2019

It is very much informtaive and wonderful course for research

By Ernesto M S

Dec 19, 2016

Very good course! Congratulation to PhD Pienta and his group.

By Shihabeddein S A A

May 15, 2016

Informative and helpful for those who are intersted in cancer

By Igor J N G

Jul 20, 2020

It's a great course, and I'll do the tecahers are excellent!

By Shubhra

May 04, 2020

It's an amazing course with a proper layout of the syllabus.

By Eman R M

Dec 01, 2019

It was really great and useful

i liked it and enjoyed it too

By Shreshth G

Jul 10, 2020

Great Course for learning Cancer as an introductory course.