Course: Fundamentals of Oncology for Public Health Practitioners

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Session Topic Activites
1 Introduction to the cancer problem

A. How do we evaluate if progress is being made against cancer?

B. Trends in cancer incidence and mortality over time

C. Factors influencing trends and their interpretation

2 Prostate Cancer

A. Natural history, ethnic differences in disease, diagnosis and risk factors

B. What is the PSA test and how it is used?

C. Treatment of prostate cancer (surgical and medical oncology strategies).

D. Societal impact, psychosocial factors

3 Adult and Childhood Leukemias

A. Adult leukemias: diagnosis, prognosis and treatment

B. Childhood leukemias : diagnosis, prognosis and treatment

4 Esophageal Cancer

A. Epidemiology of esophageal cancer

B. Presentation and work-up

C. Management & Treatment

5 Lung Cancer

A. Causes of lung cancer and the scope of the problem.

B. Clinical presentation and diagnosis of lung cancer.

C. Management and treatment of the disease.

D. Clinical trials for treatment and prevention

6 Palliative Care for Cancer Patients
7 Cancer Prevention and Control in Underserved Communities

A. Problems of cancer in underserved populations

B. Disparities in treatment patterns and access to clinical trials

C. Developing and implementing community-based interventions to reduce health disparities in underserved communities.

8 Head and Neck Cancer (Not available)

A. Etiology and diagnosis of head and neck cancer.

B. Treatment and managment of head and neck cancer.

C. Future directions in treatment and research for head and neck cancer.

9 Colon and Rectum Cancer (Not available)

A. Etiology and diagnosis of colorectal cancer.

B. Screen methods for this disease

C. Treatment, management and prevention (chemoprevention) of the disease.

D. Genetics of colon cancer

E. Is there a dietary etiology for colorectal cancer?

10 Breast Cancer

A. Risk factors for breast cancer (genetic and environmental)

B. Diagnosis and screening of disease.

C. Treatment and management of the breast cancer patient during and after therapy

D. Quality of life, access to care, psychological management of the patient.

11 Pancreatic Cancer: From genes to patients

A. Pancreatic cancer as a major cause of cancer death

B. The genetic basis of pancreatic cancer.

C. Application of genetics to early detection, classification, familial pancreatic cancer, and treatment.

12 Biomarkers of Prognosis (Not available)
13 Chemoprevention (Not available)