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Nutrition and Cancer

Wageningen University via edX

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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Reviews

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  • 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

    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.

    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

    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 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 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
  • 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
    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 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

    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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    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.
  • Anonymous
    This course was very helpful to understand that there is research being done on nutrition and cancer and that there will be proper guidelines in the future. It was also very good for me to understand that your body composition and physical activity can have an impact on cancer and cancer prevention.

    Since starting this course I am focusing on what I eat, started with exercise and also starting sharing information with my family to encourage them to have a healthy lifestyle and to go for regular medical check-ups as prevention is better than cure.

    The course has encouraged me also to do further studies into nutrition to ensure a healthy and balanced lifestyle for myself and my family.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    The course is more of an overview of cancer disease and then a few associations and links to nutrition and how it relates to cancer. For people who really want to understand more about the existing scientific bulk between nutrition and cancer, it may not be enough. I have read "The Cancer Survivor"by Dr. Neal Barnard and "How Not To Die" by Dr. Michael Greger and they both contain information on far more studies and their results done on foods and cancer. I wish this course contained some of them, they honestly spend way too long on telling us what types of research studies can be done, then not enough examples. This course could be greatly improved for the future.
  • Anonymous
    The course nutrition and cancer gives me a basic knowledge about nutrition and cancer .it help me to have some hint about cancer. I am really amazed by module one ,two and three.these chapters contain topics that any body can understand.But the latter chapter seems to be scientifically detail that makes me difficult to analyze. l recommend you to add which kinds of foods are beneficial for fighting cancer.it will also helpful if you give free access to final module (only verified person can access) as people in poor countries cannot afford the price .In last but not least I want to thank for the organizers and people participate in this course.may god bless you.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    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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