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Wageningen University

Nutrition and Cancer

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Overview

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.

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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Reviews

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  • 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.
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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
    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,...
  • Anonymous

    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
    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

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    The course is judiciously designed to enable the basic understanding of the role of nutrition in healthy people and cancer patients. The mini-videos and the interviews gave us an insight into what we currently know and what more need to be addressed in the coming future.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Course was really helpful and I really enjoyed learning with edx.org. Many things learned newly and the assessments and study materials were really helpful to upgrade our knowledge. I would like to take another courses also. Thanks
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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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    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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    All modules nicely explained with videos and text files . The syllabus fairly covers essential information of available recommendation on nutrition and cancer.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    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...
  • Anonymous
    This course has a characteristic that I like a lot and it is: Didactic material, clear communication and understanding of the topics. It does not depart from its scientific character and the examples help to assimilate ideas and concepts more easily,...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    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....
  • Anonymous
    This subject is really important and very informative as the course continues.. You do get a good picture of how cancer and nutrition are related but also how new all this information is and it really makes you inspired to dive in to the research programs!

    I personally knew most of the subjects in this course because I enrolled to the other course from this University called "Nutrition, Heart Disease and Diabetes" as well. But it is important that there is a whole course covering Cancer as a disease. I trully enjoyed it and appreciated the info and the practise tools. This course has great value to someone who is willing to dive deeper in nutrition and cancer as a starting point and would definately recommend it.!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I really appreciate the course. All the videos are clear and very helpful. The content we've got is very helpful for us to learn about Cancer. Diet and gene interactions , risk factors and research details are very valuable for us. All the facts have classified clearly. Lecturers gave us a very clear explanation. The course modules are well organized. Therefore, we can easily go through that and may receive a great knowledge. We can assess knowledge we gain by facing the exams. We watched some interview videos. Those are very valuable.
    I learned new things which are valuable for my career. Thank you very much in my heart. I appreciate your effort and grateful to you for giving us such a good experience.

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