About this subject

As the typical human lifespan has increased, the incidence of cancer, a disease in which the normal limits on cellular proliferation are lost and cells multiply uncontrollably, has also increased. This is particularly the case in the West, where it is estimated that one in two people will contract this condition during their lifetime.

This programme will examine the nature of cancer. You will look at its causes, its diagnosis and prognosis, and the cellular changes that accompany the disease. The programme will also explore possible therapies and interventions to limit the spread of cancer within an individual.

Learning outcomes

After studying this subject you will understand:

  • The nature of cancer and its hallmarks.
  • Genetic and metabolic aspects of carcinogenesis.
  • The intrinsic defences of the body against cancer.
  • Drug based, and immunological, approaches to cancer therapies.
  • The mechanisms, and value, of cancer screening.

Who is this subject suitable for?

This subject would suit students with a background in Medicine, Life Sciences, or related fields. There are no specific prerequisites but some university level experience of organic chemistry is recommended.

Teaching faculty

Prof David Harris DPhil is an Emeritus Fellow in Biochemistry at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford.

Dr Ben Harris is a member of Green Templeton College, a Lecturer at St Anne’s College, and an Academic Clinical Fellow in the Department of Oncology at the University of Oxford.

Dates and availability

This subject is available as a residential programme:

Session Three: 7th August 2022 to 25th August 2022

This subject is available as an online programme:

Session Three: 8th August 2022 to 26th August 2022

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