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Online Course

Nutrition and Cancer

Wageningen University via edX

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  • Language English
  • Certificate $99 Certificate Available
  • Effort 6-8 hours a week
  • Duration 5 weeks long
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Overview

Is cancer partly preventable through a healthy diet? Cancer has overtaken cardiovascular disease (CVD) as the leading cause of death in many parts of the world. It causes one in eight deaths worldwide. Global trends show that the majority of all cancer deaths occur in the low- and middle-income countries. Yet, cancer can be partly prevented and many of these deaths can be avoided.

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 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 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.

This 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, food scientists).

Dieticians and physicians often get questions from cancer patients about what they can do themselves to help their recovery process. This course is part of the Professional Certificate Program Nutrition and Disease. You will gain a solid scientific basis to better weigh and interpret all the information available on nutrition and cancer.

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 inthisProfessional Certificate Program.

Syllabus

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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I am really enjoying this course! Through video explanation, discussion forum, and tasks makes it easier to understand. They did not use advance medical terms, so everyone can take the course. In addition, this course inspires me to conduct a research in this field someday. Maybe at the end of the course, we can get a mindmaping about nutrition related to cancer. I also find out that there is WCRF and they already published several guidelines due this issue. Its fun to do MOOC. Especially in the field that you like.
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Modules were easy to understand through video and text. Also, we able to measure our understanding with tasks. It is great to know about world cancer research fund and its guideline about nutrition in cancer. I think it would be great if there is a module about how to create a meal plan in a week. Overall this course is helpful. Recommend to the person who wants to gain deeper knowledge about nutrition in cancer patient.
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Anonymous
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It was challenging in terms of knowledge of DNA and methylation.

In addition, it provided with excellent insights for how to differentiate news on cancer

However, it would have been more detailed as for groups of nutrients (compounds) that combined together may slow down cancer in diagnosticated patients.
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Anonymous
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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.
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Anonymous
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There is not enough depth in the content. The content provided in this course is not specifically new.

The title of the course - Nutrition and cancer but very little touch base on nutrition.

Need to have more in-depth base on the course title.

Thank you.
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Anonymous
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convenient presentation of information, a lot of interesting.but unfortunately most of the information received on the course can be found on the official website of WHO
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All modules nicely explained with videos and text files . The syllabus fairly covers essential information of available recommendation on nutrition and cancer.
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I like a detailed description of all types of research that relate specifically to cancer. Of course I'm thrilled that everything is based on scientific evidence and there are no magic foods. Interviews with a dietitian and a nurse who survived cancer are extremely interesting. Especially because I had cancer myself and I understand the problem of changing food tastes. The HungerNdThirst foundation website is incredibly inspiring, especially a peer-to-peer social platform when cancer patients can come into contact with each other through app. I also really want to create a social project to support cancer patients, so they can communicate with each other and with those who have survived cancer. Psychological support is very important during this difficult period.

The only minus in the course is that I do not really understand about epigenetics. It is too difficult for me about DNA methylation, I will study more on my own.
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The course is surely interesting, as it deals with many aspects of the relationship between nutrition and cancer. However, because of this, these aspects are faced superficially, without giving hints, suggestions, or technical references to guidelines. Indeed, none of the videos (or the texts of the webpages) report clinical data coming from studies published so far. Only few references (sometimes neither one) are reported at the bottom of the page.

As a clinician/surgeon I do believe that for me this course is a bit simplistic, as it did not provided me any practice-changing indication on how to faced with the problem of nutrition in cancer patients.

However, congrats for the structure of the course, for the layout adopted, and for the novel and interesting idea.
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The course explained wildly about cancer with particular details in each type of cancer. Before join to this amazing course I had basic information about nutrition and cancer specially about ways to get lowest risk of cancer but after joining to this course my mind become to explode and got many new ideas. What I'd like from this course more than other parts is saving my time! the course not talk about something not necessary and directly explain what really need to know this is my problem when I read books and journals, quickly getting tired but by short videos just in few minutes this problem solved. I recommend this course to everyone not only scientist or someone who works in this field.
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I believe this course has taught me various valuable things about nutrition and its role on the prevention and treatment of cancer. It is very complete, as it not only includes the appropriate guidelines to lead a healthier lifestyle, but it also makes you see the other side of the coin: how it affects cancer patients. This makes it special in the sense that, as professionals, we can take better care of the patients and relate more to what they are going through.

Overall, the course has been very helpful to me and my Nutrition and Dietetics career, as it has helped gain more knowledge in this specific area.
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The course was very easy assesable and well structured. I loved that you introduced yourself in the beginning and made everything very nice looking. I would have wished for some concrete epigenetic example of how foods can change the turn on and turn off, of genes. In addition it would have been interesting to talk about some processes that, on the cellular level decrease cancer risk (substances in tomato puree) or feed a tumor (such as growth hormones in milk etc.) The intervies where great and I really liked the positive end, plus the construction of the whole course. Thank you!
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Based on what I have learned from this course that diet and nutrition may have some contribution to cancer risk and prevention but not so on cancer treatment, still the basic known cancer treatment still promoted such as surgery, chemo and radiation, which we all know not really a real treatment but just giving a person few years for cancer to relax (remission) then come back with more aggressive cancer after years...so sad. This could be the reason why naturopathic people came back to the rescue..it is just like saying, "if science stop, religion begins".
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I must say that my expectations from the course were much greater. I expected it to be deeper and provide more facts and details. I am a cancer researcher myself. So there was nothing new about cancer for me. But unfortunately, there was not much new for me about the nutrition either.

Another issue are the lecturers. They are professional scientists, no doubt. However, Their presentations are not very engaging as they just slowly read their text. No dynamics. I could as well read the text myself, which would be even faster.
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I would like to thank you to the university for this very interesting and important program research, personally I been enjoyed immensely and make my motivation to keep in the research and study of the health and nutrition in diseases,my motivation in the future is, one day reach to the point to give clients the best advice in nutrition specially in the very acute stage of the diseases, my thinking is that food and nutrition are a very important in general role in the human diseases no mater what conditions or stage are.
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Shimaa S
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I think I was very fortunate to have taken this course, it was really amazing

There are a variety of techniques for brainstorming, and this helped me a lot to understand the content and applying health-related advice and protection from the risk of contracting the disease to myself and my family and I look forward to applying what I learned here in my career when I graduate from college

Good luck to the rest of the colleagues

And thank you teachers for their nice style
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The course really helped me to summarise information about correlations between lifestyle, diet, physical activity and cancer. Info in the course is based on scientific evidence and the first module of the course is completely dedicated to the basis of that evidence. You will learn about how different types of research are done, what are their advantages and disadvantages, you'll really get more critical about all that media click-bait. Thanks to Wageningen!
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I liked the scientific explanations of the evidences of studies and certainty of suggestions. I previously thought that I was going to receive a nutritional guideline and was exited to view through magical professors the full spectrum of cancer. I am very thankful for the opportunity and happy I chose this amazing experience. Thank specially to the teaching staff that put together this fantastic ride of new knowledge. Francisco San Miguel, PhDC
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Perfect, Im not a doctor nor scientist, im just a common person maybe like you interested in this kind of subject to appy into my life, we ´re living in this information era, era or gnosis, knowledge, understanding what is the really meaning about taking care of our own health, and this course fulfill whatever your expectations could be, I highly recommeded this course to all, it could change you life, great jog, well done
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The course gives a fairly good knowledge on nutrition and cancer , nutrition and gene interaction , role of supplements in Methylation and role of healthy life style in prevention of cancer and also after cancer survival. How the research is carried out and the recommendations given is another important part of the course. The videos and illustrations are quite well designed and easy to understand.
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