RAIT 312 Biology of Cancer • 5 Cr.

Description

Emphasis is on the cellular, genetic, biochemical and environmental aspects of the disease including discussion of the multiple disease nature of cancer, its diagnosis and treatment. This course is intended to meet the degree requirements of the Medical Dosimetry, Technology, Nuclear Medicine and Diagnostic Medical Sonography concentrations as well as the requirements of the Medical Dosimetry certificate of the Radiation & Imaging Sciences program. Either BIOL 312 or RAIT 312 may be taken for credit, not both. Recommended: BIOL& 160 or BIOL& 211. Prerequisites: Admission to the Radiation & Imaging Sciences program or permission of the program chair.

Details

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program or permission of instructor. Recommended: BIOL& 160 or BIOL& 211. Same as BIOL 312. Either BIOL 312 or RAIT 312 may be taken for credit, not both.

Outcomes

After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe the basic biology and genetics of cells
  • Outline an overview of cancer [historical, epidemiological, chronic nature of the disease]
  • Explain the cell cycle and its controls
  • Describe DNA and its replication
  • Identify cellular changes that occur in cancer
  • Describe genetic changes that occur in cancer
  • Discuss occupational, environmental and viral causes of cancer
  • Analyze the general process of angiogenesis and metastasis
  • List types of cancer
  • Discuss diagnosis and treatments of cancer
  • Describe the role of nutrition in cancer
  • Describe the societal [social, economic and ethical] impact of the fight against cancer