Welsh Government

Cancer researchers’ introductory course

Facilitators: Hayley Tapping and Jane Heron, Health and Care Research Wales (course material developed by NIHR Clinical Research Network – Cancer)

Course outline:

This one day course is aimed at newly appointed research staff working in the oncology field. The course is introductory and pre-supposes only a basic understanding of biology. A short review of normal cell biology is provided as pre-reading.

Topics covered include the nature and symptoms of cancer incidence and survival rates in the UK, cell biology, diagnosis & investigations, cancer treatment (surgery, radiotherapy, and drug therapy) and survivorship.

Please note the course runs from 9:00am - 5:00pm and a certificate will only be issued if delegates complete all the elements of training.


Following the training, participants will be able to:

  • understand the meaning of the key words and terminology in routine use in cancer research; 
  • investigate the biological basis of cancer and the link to the mechanism of action of treatments; 
  • explore the common pathways for cancer patients from diagnosis and through the different treatment modalities; 
  • review the current treatments and associated adverse events;
  • understand the impact of a cancer diagnosis on a patient and their family;
  • explore issues in survivorship.

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