Cancer Cell Biology


Cancer is a complex set of diseases that can arise in any cell of the body capable of evading normal regulatory mechanisms. It typically affects functioning of multiple body systems. Improvements in understanding the biology of cancer have resulted in substantial changes in its prevention, detection, and treatment in recent years.


This course is mainly designed for professions with medical and biomedical background who would like to understand more about the fundamental cancer traits.


During this course you’ll learn in-depth information about the structure and function of normal cells and cancer cells. We will teach you to understand the behaviour of cancer cells vs non-cancerous cells with particular focus on molecular and cell biology. For example, you will learn about the cell structure, cell cycle and division, different mutations, oncogenes and protooncogenes, biologic hallmarks of cancer, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancers.


In this course we use different educational materials and opportunities to interact online alongside more traditional teaching methods. For example, we offer face-to-face teaching sessions, online lectures, live tutorials, and discussion forums. Moreover, we provide the students with the necessary online materials that they can assess any time through the course. This facilitates self-study and progression as well as allows the student to study remotely.


At the end of the course you’ll gain a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.

Course content

You’ll use web-based online material to provide you with the appropriate theoretical background of the main themes used in the course. You should expect to spend about 10 hours studying the online material. The course includes:


  • Cell structure, cycle, and division. Here we discuss the functional parts of cells called organelles., A look at the clock-like flow that cells go through when they are growing and dividing, the control of normal cell division and the defects seen in cancer cells.
  • Mutation and Cancer genes. Here we look at the types and causes of changes to genes that can result in cancer and the types of genes (oncogenes and tumour suppressors) that are altered in cancer.
  • The regulation and function of tumour suppressors and oncogenes
  • Ten cellular hallmarks of cancer.
  • The steps in the metastatic process.
  • Diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancers
  • Surgery, Radiation Therapy, Chemotherapy, Immunotherapy, Targeted Therapy, Stem Cell Transplantation, Precision Medicine

Who this course is for

The course is suitable for anyone with a general interest in the science behind causes of cancer disease. No previous knowledge or experience is required.


This course is designed for people who would like to develop an understanding of cancer and how it is prevented, diagnosed, and treated.


  • Specialist cancer nurses
  • High school and university biology students, premed students
  • People with a personal interest in cancer biology
  • Adult learners/Non-traditional students enrolled in a General Biology course
  • Pre-dental, Pre-medical, and Pre-pharmacy students
  • 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.

Why you should attend

You’ll be interacting with peers from a wide range of horizons, both geographically and professionally. You’ll be able to network, create new professional relationships and learn from each others’ skills.


Other reasons why you should attend the course are to:


  • Get a high-level understanding cancer biology as well as incidence and common types of cancer.
  • Discuss various treatment approaches for cancer
  • Apply knowledge to dealing with a loved one with cancer or in coursework related to cancer

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:


  • Learn how cancers develop and spread through the body’s tissues
  • Explain how cancer is treated.
  • Describe the role of diagnosis and treatments of cancer
  • Describe the ten cellular hallmarks of cancer.
  • Identify the major steps in the metastatic process.

Identify resources which can be used to find out more about the developments in cancer medicines.

Benefits to medical students

This course is a useful advanced information for to medical students to learn in-depth information about cell biology of cancer

Unforeseen circumstances

If the course has to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, we’ll endeavour to give you as much notice as possible and you’ll receive a full refund for the course cost.


You’ll receive a certificate at the end of your course.

Further information

If you have any questions about the course you can email at

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