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.
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.
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.
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.)
Ellen Kampman, Fränzel van Duijnhoven and Dieuwertje Kok
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 summarized. It is explained that most of the information sources about cancer and nutrition are not reliable enough. It has been emphasized that a guideline on cancer and nutrition has not yet been made available to every patient. It is also almost impossible to create a standard nutritional guide for cancer patients. This issue should be considered specifically for each patient... No specific recommendations for cancer patients were made throughout this course. It is not mentioned that some nutrients can contribute directly to the treatment. Phytotherapy support has not been addressed. This is a useful course. However, it does not satisfy the expectations for contribution to treatment.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This course is really very helpful who are interested in Research about cancer . Course have almost all information about nutrition which is related to cancer with evidence . Videos have a clarity information and not boring . Very impressive about videos , explaining topics , examples , etc .
Videos have very innovative ideas and evidences about cancer . They explained types of cancer , about nutrition involved , diet , physical activity , body lean mass ,etc .
They also conducted interviews with a cancer survivor which gives us more motivation about prevention of cancer .
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.
I enjoyed the class very much but COVID-19 occurred and our Governor grounded/locked down the state. I live in a very rural area and had multiple relays before the signal got to me. My ISP said that all the bandwidth was used before it got to me because I was at the end of the line. This led to me waiting 5 minutes to 5 hours for a page to download. That was not conducive to watching the videos. When the lockdown was lifted I had missed one of the deadlines and had lost much of my enthusiasm. I wish I could have finished on a timely basis. I probably would have enjoyed it more...
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!
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".
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.