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.

   This course is accredited by the CPD Certification Service (7 Hours)


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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