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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 Neal B

Aug 2, 2020

This course helped me expand my knowledge and understanding of cancer. The course is good for beginners

By Wenxin W

Sep 6, 2018

may not just simply read the powerpoint. I wish more details and emerging researches to be taught.

By Simone E G

Aug 8, 2016

I really enjoyed the course. Very professional training, with lots of insight in cancer therapy.

By Yaksh P

Jul 29, 2017

Very helpful course it was. Looking forward to such courses in the future. Thank you very much.

By Mark

Feb 6, 2017

Extremely informative, but loses 1 star for reserving tests ONLY for members with subscriptions

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 :)