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Demystifying Targeted Cancer Treatments

Discover the science behind targeted cancer treatments that are changing the landscape of patient care on this free online course

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Demystifying Targeted Cancer Treatments

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Deepen your understanding and improve communication with patients & colleagues

Thanks to ground-breaking research over the past 20 years, new, more targeted treatments have been developed that are changing the way we treat cancer, and providing new hope for patients. Join us and discover the science behind these treatments and learn through quizzes, interviews, articles and patient case studies. Each week you’ll have the opportunity to engage in discussion with other learners on key issues. You’ll learn from experts in the field and gain a deeper understanding of how targeted cancer treatments work to support your patients.

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What topics will you cover?

  • What are targeted treatments and how are they used today
  • Biological concepts behind targeted cancer treatments
  • Cell communication and cancer
  • Treatments for solid tumours that block cell communication pathways (monoclonal antibodies and kinase inhibitors)
  • Communicating to patients about targeted cancer treatments
  • Side effects of treatments and how they impact patients’ quality of life
  • The unique properties of blood cancers and the targeted therapies used to treat them
  • The relationship between cancer and the immune system
  • Various immunotherapy strategies including checkpoint inhibitors, adoptive cell transfer and cancer treatment vaccines
  • How immunotherapy is reported in the news and managing patient expectations of treatment
  • The challenges of drug resistance and the implementation of biomarker tests
  • The future of targeted cancer treatments

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explore the science behind targeted cancer treatments and gain a deeper understanding of how they work
  • Improve confidence in communicating to patients and colleagues about targeted cancer treatments
  • Develop an understanding of the side effects of treatments and how they impact patients’ quality of life
  • Explore some of the current challenges and future potential of targeted cancer treatments

Who is the course for?

This course has been designed for cancer research nurses and other members of the clinical research team. It can go towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and revalidation.

This course may also be of interest to specialist cancer nurses, pharmacists and medical/science graduates with an interest in this area.

A basic understanding of how cells work is needed to get the most out of this course. Some experience working in cancer is also recommended.

Who will you learn with?

Anne Croudass

I qualified as a nurse in 1994, and after several years working on medical wards, I moved into research. For the last 10 years I have been the lead research nurse at CRUK.

Elaine Vickers

I travel the UK running study days on the science behind new cancer treatments for research nurses and their colleagues. I have a PhD in Molecular Biology and worked for 5 years at Cancer Research UK.

Who developed the course?

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) are the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $94 you’ll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

A Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your Linkedin or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.