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Cancer Biology Specialization

Learn essential skills in cancer biology, cancer metastasis, and prostate cancer, that will enable you to develop a deeper understanding of the impact of cancer on the human body.
The healthcare system is a rapidly evolving field with new research leading to advancements in
medicine. Developed at Johns Hopkins University and led by top-ranked Hopkins faculty and
cancer experts, this specialization on Cancer Biology focuses on the basics of cancer biology,
how cancer metastasis occurs, and specifically, screening guidelines for prostate cancer, the
most common cancer in American men.

This specialization starts with an Introduction to the Biology of Cancer, introduces the molecular
biology of cancer and 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. Experts at Johns Hopkins University explain
how cancer is staged, the major ways cancer is found by imaging, and how the major cancers
are treated.

The specialization takes a deeper dive in Understanding Cancer Metastasis, explaining how
cancer spreads or metastasizes. This course will describe the major theories of metastasis and
then describe the biology behind the steps in metastasis. The course also describes the major
organs targeted by metastasis and describes how metastases harm the patient.
Lastly, it focuses on Understanding Prostate Cancer, providing you with the tools to examine the
incidence of prostate cancer, including risk factors, stages, and treatments at each stage.

Applied Learning Project
Learners will be able to identify the major types of cancer worldwide, describe how genes contribute to the risk and growth of cancer, and describe the ten cellular hallmarks of cancer. Learners will also describe uncontrolled cell division as well as mutation, neoangiogenesis and their roles in tumor formation. From this learners will be introduced to prostate cancer and be able to list the risk factors. Specifically, you will examine how prostate cancer is found, diagnosed, staged, and treated.

Course Information

Estimated Time: Approximately 3 months to complete Suggested pace of 2 hours/week

Difficulty: Beginner

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Course Information

Estimated Time: Approximately 3 months to complete Suggested pace of 2 hours/week

Difficulty: Beginner