Provides a general overview of the fundamental concepts of cancer development, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
Note: BIO 131 or equivalent is strongly recommended as a prerequisite for this course.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
- What is Cancer
- Profile of a Cancer Cell
- How Cancer Spreads
- Identifying the Causes of Cancer
- Chemicals and Cancer
- Radiation and Cancer
- Infectious Agents and Cancer
- Heredity and Cancer
- Tumor Suppression
- Cancer Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment
- Preventing Cancer
- Main Types of Cancer including Bladder, Breast, Colorectal, Lung, Lymphoma, Myeloma, Ovarian, Skin and Testicular Cancers
- Compare and contrast the basic growth patterns of benign and malignant tumors.
- Explain the Tumor Grading System.
- Describe the fundamental control of cell proliferation.
- Describe how cancer spreads and the key steps involved in the process of metastasis.
- Summarize the key Tumor-Host interactions influencing the development of cancer.
- Explain the role that environmental and life style factors exert in a population’s overall cancer risk.
- Describe the roles of initiation and promotion in chemical carcinogenesis.
- Identify the primary sources for ionizing radiation in humans.
- Explain the role that infectious agents play in triggering human cancers.
- Discuss the overall impact of heredity on cancer risk for the general population.
- Explain the benefits as well as risks involved with genetic testing for cancer predisposition.
- Describe the role of proto-oncogenes.
- Summarize the general features of the five mechanisms for converting proto-oncogenes into cellular oncogenes.
- Describe the six hallmark traits of cancer.
- Explain the difficulty in relying on symptoms for the early detection of cancer.
- Identify the common screening techniques or tests for cancer detection.
- Discuss the roles of radiation and chemotherapy in cancer treatment.
- Briefly discuss the new therapies that are being explored in cancer care.
- Explain the two basic strategies for cancer prevention.
- Explain the types, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment regimens and prognosis for each of the following types of cancer: bladder, breast, colorectal, lung, ovarian, testicular and skin cancer, as well as lymphoma and mycelia.
Assessment and Requirements
Students will be assessed using a combination of quizzes, class participation, assignments, projects and papers as well as written exams, and a comprehensive final.
- Instructors (or their designees) reserve the right to require students to provide proper picture identification for test taking, graded papers or projects or other appropriate purposes.
- HFCC Policy on Academic Dishonesty (Cheating) will be followed in this course.
Textbook(s) determined through the School of Health and Human Services approval.