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H6: Molecular Basics of Tumours in Humans - Detection to Treatment I – 52325

(3 days; 1 CP; Fall 2020)

Ellen Obermann

This series of lectures will give a systematic overview of cancer in humans. The first part of the course will be introducing and discussing general aspects of neoplastic diseases – definition, epidemiology, prevention, detection, carcinogens, and hereditary tumour syndromes.

The second part of the course will focus on the most important tumour entities such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and colon cancer. Each lecture will be dedicated to a specific tumour entity. These lectures will discuss the unique characteristics of the disease on the one hand, while on the other hand, a unique molecular aspect with its relevance for detection, prevention or treatment of this tumour entity will be highlighted. In addition, participants will learn basics about the clinical side of cancer (e.g. cancer screening programs worldwide and in Switzerland, radiotherapeutics, types of chemotherapy and tumour surgery). This course will therefore cover both general clinical aspects and cutting edge novel aspects which are relevant for the understanding of neoplastic disease in humans.