RADON 100 Principles of Oncology • 4 Cr.


Explores causes, classification, diagnosis, detection, spread, and management of cancer. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Define selected statistical terminology.
  • Apply statistical analysis to cancer trends and other cancer data.
  • Describe the nature of cancer and identify the role genes play in the cause of cancer.
  • Describe various systems used to classify cancer and discuss the application of each of system in the management of cancer.
  • Compare and contrast the behavioral characteristics of benign and malignant tumors.
  • Analyze cancer incidence rates and epidemiological data in terms of such factors as age, gender, ethnicity, geography, prevalence and risk.
  • Compare and contrast the methods by which cancer spreads.
  • Evaluate the diagnostic tools used in the detection of cancer.
  • Discuss the importance of public education and mass screening in the detection of cancer.
  • Analyze the goals of curative and palliative management of cancer.
  • Describe the principles of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy in cancer management.
  • Analyze the role of clinical trials in establishing current treatment methods and possible future cures for cancer.
  • Describe the role of radiation therapy in cancer management.