This module covers the basic processes and regulation
of cell proliferation, the cell cycle and cell death. An
appreciation of the role of oncogenes and tumour
suppressor genes is central to an understanding of the
molecular basis of carcinogenesis and the properties
of cancer cells. Environmental and genetic factors in
cancer, tumour immunology and cancer therapies are
also covered. Concepts from cell biology, genetics,
immunology, histopathology, and anatomy are included.
The practical component of the module, which allows
students to apply the concepts covered in the theory
component, will introduce students to materials,
equipment and laboratory techniques that are frequently
used in oncology laboratories such as fl ow cytometry and
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