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Wageningen University

Nutrition and Cancer

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Can cancer risk be reduced through a healthy diet or lifestyle? Many studies have been conducted on the role of nutrition and physical activity in cancer prevention. This has resulted in recommendations for cancer prevention. Far less research is conducted on nutrition and cancer progression, but the evidence is increasing that a healthy diet may also play a beneficial role for cancer survivors. Join this online course and learn more about the role of nutrition in the occurrence and progression of cancer. You will learn how nutrition is involved in cancer occurrence, cancer treatment, and progression. And you will discover what the evidence-base is for dietary guidelines.

This online course focuses on a wide range of dietary exposures (including vegetables, meat, dietary supplements, alcohol) and lifestyle factors (including body composition and physical activity) in relation to the occurrence and progression of the most common types of cancer, such as large bowel cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and lung cancer.

For whom?

Dieticians and physicians often get questions from cancer patients about what they can do themselves to help their recovery process. After completing the course you will have gained a solid scientific basis to better weigh and interpret all the information available on nutrition and cancer and to take care of your own health and/or that of your patients.

This online course is especially valuable for professionals (in training) from various fields related to nutrition or cancer (e.g. nutritionists, epidemiologists, health policy makers, physicians, caregivers, nutrition educators, biologists and food scientists).

This course, is part of theNutrition and Disease Professional Certificate Program of Wageningen University & Research. Did you already complete Nutrition, Heart Disease and Diabetes? That is the other course in this Professional Certificate Program.


Module 1
Start with an introduction to the relation between nutrition and cancer development and progression, and discuss the different types of research designs by which this relation is studied.

Module 2
Discuss dietary and lifestyle risk factors related to cancer occurrence, by outlining the current WCRF/IARC evidence-based recommendations for cancer prevention.

Module 3
Learn about the interaction between nutrition and genes, and how this can influence cancer occurrence.

Module 4
Learn about the importance of dietary and lifestyle guidelines for the increasing group of cancer survivors.

Module 5
In this module you will learn about the adherence to guidelines and how important it is to have a clear and correct communication to the public. (This module is only accessible to verified learners.)

Taught by

Ellen Kampman, Fränzel van Duijnhoven and Dieuwertje Kok

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  • Not as extensive or carefully edited as the Cardiometabolic Disease class but still solid and full of compelling information.
  • You will learn about the Wold Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) recommendations for cancer prevention, the types of research in cancer and nutrition. There is additional learning in critically analysing media communication around nutrition and cancer. I did this course for personal growth as a cancer survivor - highly recommend!
  • Brilliant course, logical, interesting and assessments are good. Two of the video's glitched and took longer to play but that may have been my end? Thank you for such an interesting, research based and practical how to course.
  • Anonymous
    This course is very informative with the latest updates related to Nutrition and cancer and is a good learning experience as an online course. The lectures through videos with the script on the side is very useful in understanding the concepts explained,...
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    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This course is good but it should have a more information about what's to do with patients to give them a good advice about what they sohled eat , I want to know many examples about this and also this course does not have a practical part.
  • Anonymous
    The guildines I learnt from the World Cancer Research Fund are like my life saving stars. They are so helpful not only to me, but I like to communicate them to members of my family as well as to my friends. I also like them to take this course if they...
  • Anonymous
    The course was informative. I did however expect that there would be a deeper dive into the using nutrition and especially functional foods whether that is via Ayurvedics, botanicals and or orthomolecular medicine and understanding the mechanistic pathways...
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    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Nutrition and cancer is a general course. It creates awareness about the importance and difficulties of nutrition in the process of cancer formation and treatment. The interaction of nutrition with genetic and epigenetic factors in cancer patients is...
  • Anonymous
    I appreciate all the helpful and interesting information taught in this course. Learning official guidelines from world organizations has been enlightening. I look forward to feeling equipped and joining the community of people working to make a difference...
  • Anonymous
    Great course that emphasized the importance and role of a healthy nutrition as a prevention tool against cancer and as an important component of a post-cancer treatment for those who were diagnosed and suffered from the disease. A lot of research...
  • Anonymous
    The experience in taking part in this course has been awesome. Name like Prof. Ellen Kampman and Prof. Sanders Kersten, among others, will remain a household name in my practice. I have a burning desire to gain professional control over the growing syndemic...
  • Anonymous
    This course gave me a more in depth understanding about how cancer develops, and what kinds of efforts we can do to prevent it from occuring. Although there hasn't seems to be many causal relationship found yet between certain food and cancer risk increase,...
  • Tetiana Melymuka
    This course completely lived up to my expectations. Because in my country there are no programs and courses where you can learn this information and receive appropriate training, to support all the continuous professional development in this area. All...
  • DUVERT Guerdie
    Oh, it's wonderful to know that there are still people in the world who are both researchers and professors, they are providing a lot of energy to help the general public do cancer prevention through nutrition and fashion. of life. Our encouragement goes to all who want and can learn to embark on this great fight against cancer by studying the knowledge of these seasoned teachers by enrolling in the Nutrition and Cancer course or by continuing unabated. learning the MOOC. I find the Nutrition and Cancer course rewarding, requires good concentration and time planning. It should be noted that we will never regret having taken such a course with interest.

    Thank you.
  • Anonymous
    Well structured and full of interesting material and information. I really liked the format fo video lessons alternated with more classical reading materials.

    The mini' exams' between modules are helpful, but sometime I found the questions trivial.

    I expected to learn more scientific information (even more than the ones the you have offered) and be stimulated to reflection. But I find that the format does not really encourage stimulation to reflection.

    I appreciate the efforts in involving the students in the discussions but I personally did not feel part of the discussions forum, even if I tried to.

    Thank you very much for your work !
  • Anonymous
    It was indeed a very nice, informative course. Many new things about development and increased risk of development of cancer revealed. This will definitely help us to improve our and our family members lifestyle. It will also help me to counsel my patients. This course specifically en lighted my knowledge about cancer survival and positive approach to the same. I feel everyone if possible should do this course, which will definitely help and encourage them to improve their lifestyle, and their attitude towards cancer. Very happy to have this knowledge, backed with evidences and studies.
  • Anonymous
    All over the course content was good. relation between diet and Cancer was well explained through research but it was so general. At this time everyone know general things just by googling it, better if you would be more specific about what type of diet is good because students who have studied earlier about nutrition know about what is high fiber food, etc but those students who don't know about this it becomes difficult for them to understand. for next time hope to find something deeper and exciting to learn.
  • Anonymous
    This course is very insightful and very educative. The course outline made it very easy to gradually build up your understanding of the learning material for someone like me who had basically no knowledge about this course. The test questions are equally very informative and it challenges you to do more reading on the topics. This course has actually build my interest in wanting to pursue a more advanced course in this field to acquire more knowledge. I'm glad i took part in this program.
  • Anonymous
    While I really liked the lecturers, their presentation style and clarity, the videos, and much of the content. Ironically (as one of the only reasons I was able to finish the course at all is because there wasn't too much material left closer to the deadline) I still feel that the course is not long enough and does not have enough content to justify its cost. I feel that the Wageningen name is mainly what is being paid for. However I am still grateful and enjoyed the course!
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    Dionne Bruce
    The course has got understandable lecture videos, discussion forums and a whole lot more making it quite fun.. Honestly,I think it's an interesting course and anyone who takes it would love it.

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