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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


Jun 06, 2020

It was a course of much interest. Everything is explained very simply. I have learned lot of important information. I am delighted to be able to do this online course at JOHNS HOPIKNS university.

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By solangel y c

Apr 30, 2018

Excelente! Información escencial y precisa.

By Gaurav K

Feb 14, 2017

good for basic knowledge in cancer biology.

By Anothai H

Feb 12, 2017

Easy to follow and full of basic knowledge.

By 李浩天

Aug 23, 2018

Very excellent.Thanks to these professors.

By shivanshu b

Aug 14, 2017

Great experience while learning new things

By Brindha H

Jan 22, 2017

Very useful any knowledge acquiring course

By Rosa A M P

Apr 21, 2016

Excelente colegio,excelente curso. gracias

By Reem E

Jun 25, 2020

Excellent lecturers, thank you very much.

By Dr. S U

Jun 08, 2020


By Ansmariya J

Apr 05, 2020

it was very useful and easy to understand

By Kripitch

Jul 16, 2019

Easy to understand and interesting topics

By B4Meka

Apr 03, 2019

Worth the time to learn from this course.

By Nooshin A

Jun 25, 2018

Perfect! Thank YOU all for your supports!

By Esther Z

Jul 14, 2017

Como introducción me parece muy completa.

By Robyn A

Jul 13, 2017

Great course! Easy to understand jargons!

By Lana G

Apr 13, 2016

Excellent introduction to subject matter.

By Jose M G V

May 26, 2020

Un curso muy completo acerca del caancer

By Josette M

May 08, 2020

Very informative and easy to understand.

By Massiel C

Dec 08, 2017

Entendí muchas cosas y te hace consiente

By Pranav A

Jun 27, 2020

It was pretty informative and well made

By Gayathri D

Jun 23, 2020

I learned many skills from these course

By Wilma G

Jun 07, 2019

awesome course with clear explanations.

By Shyam K

Dec 06, 2016

Clear, thorough and interesting course!

By Akhil H

Jun 13, 2020

Best source for learning about cancer.

By Eduarda A d P M S

May 20, 2020

Aprendi muito mais do que eu gostaria!