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.
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.
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
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.
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...
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 in public health.
Here are areas where I feel the course could be improved:
1) Give a sample quiz prior to the midterm to give verified learners an idea of the types of questions that will be asked. I found a few of the questions surprising for their seeming irrelevance to the goals stated for the course. Though I took copious notes on issues of public health during lectures, I did not record detailed information on some of the seeming minutia regarding minor points of study types, etc. Giving students an early quiz would help us to know where to focus our note taking.
2) Have a native English speaker who is proficient at English grammar review the test questions. I am a math and science teacher who sometimes edits scientific articles professionally, and I found at least two of the questions difficult to interpret due to outright grammatical errors or ambiguity.
3) Verified learners should evaluate the essays of other verified learners. After I submitted my essay at the end of Module 3, I received two other essays to evaluate. It seemed clear that both were written by students who were only auditing the class, since both were unusually short and did not address the points in the assignment rubrik. I have not received an evaluation for my essay yet, but I hope to glean helpful feedback from a student who is invested enough in the course to apply thoughtful consideration.
Overall, I am thankful that this course is available, and I appreciate all that I am learning.
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,...
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, that we can look back to these lectures if needed during the course. The self-paced course is convenient for working professionals to update our knowledge through following such a course outside working hours. The educational tools used in explaining the concepts through digital graphics, pictures etc, are very useful in the learning experience. The case studies and the interviews with people diagnosed with cancer gives a more practical approach in understanding the disease condition and the challenges that they face in real life. The discussion forum and peer assignments are also useful to learn from others perspectives of the disease.
It is an interesting way to get connected to a prestigious university like Wageningen university to pursue in education. Will highly recommend this course to others for the future. Hope to get connected with more of MOOC courses from Wageningen University. Thanks to all the efforts put in, in making this course informative and interesting.
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...
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 of NCDs, more importantly on cancers which some work mate and an acquaintance have been victim. Unfortunately my contribution as a nutritionist to their care was not to my satisfaction.
Haven take this course I feel more confident and certain of what I can do, nutritionally, to support cancer patients, and largely prevent people from developing it. To this end, I have succeeded in introducing the idea of exercise our at work place with work mates on every Tuesday. This has lasted for only one month, and I hope to nurture it into a sustained activity.
I look forward to securing scholarship and admission into the Masters in Public Health and Nutrition Epidemiology, in the near future.
I am delighted to have experienced your tutelage.
Thank you WUR.
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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.
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.
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...
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 of these nutrients and how they can reduce inflammation, oxidative stress and enhance the microbiome/immune system.
There is also quite a bit of studies explaining that cancer could possibly be a metabolic disease yet the course only touches on lifestyle and diet. It would have been nice if the different thoughts on cancer development were described in a little more detail. Is cancer the fermentation of glucose and glutamine in the cell? That was shown in studies and yet it was not mentioned. Also there are some studies that show high protein diets could potentially cause cancer due to the activation of mTOR, this was also not mentioned. There are also great results shown with cancer patients following a Ketogenic diet. Not sure if i am more confused or informed.
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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...
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.
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...
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 is still needed, but there is a big amount of data available as well, about the impact of nutrition in cancer and overall health. Aspects like genetics, age, body composition, predisposition to cancer and comorbidities are also discussed throughout the course. European and American institutions and foundations are active on the investigation to provide guidelines and recommendations on an adequate lifestyle in order to prevent cancer and to prevent recurrence after successful treatments. Through research, guidelines and recommendations may be modified, reflecting the latest findings. Very interesting course offered by experts in this matter.
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,...
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, so it is of great support for students in this matter as well as people who have an interest in learning about nutrition even with very basic knowledge about biology for example. Also the interviews with health professionals, specifically on the topic of cancer, invite to explore topics from which cancer patients would greatly benefit, or an understanding that can nurture their own experience and know how to deal with or minimally know the limitations that there is behind a very great work on the part of health professionals and researchers and rightly support an acquaintance in his cancer treatment, if he had one. Highly recommended.
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...
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 information, all lessons are prepared in a very convenient format, there are additional texts and lesson materials to download, as well as subtitles for each video lesson, which is very convenient. The tasks are given a long time, you can set the pace of learning. I especially liked the opportunity to pass test tasks, which are not evaluated, the purpose of which is to consolidate the passed material. Also, there is an opportunity to communicate with classmates and discuss various topics. I am grateful to everyone who made the effort to create this course.
This course is a good resource to evaluate lifestyle, that is diet and exercise, with the development of cancer. It concentrates heavily on the type of studies conducted for research and we are introduced to overall outcomes of lifestyle and cancer prevention. There are several studies providing recommendations on diet and exercise in combination with cancer prevention. Unfortunately, there are no significant studies available yet to evaluate lifestyle questions during and after cancer treatment. This is a field that is very interesting and I hope to find a course in the future when more data is available.
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.
I have learned so much regarding the role of nutrition in cancer prevention, as well as the role of nutrition and the increase risk of cancer. I learned that supplementation is not always best - it's better to receive nutrients through food intake rather than concentrated amounts of any one micronutrient.
I have found the information at the World Cancer Research Fund has been eye opening.
Thank you for the introduction into nutrition and cancer.
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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.
The course material is easy to understand and gives students the most up-to-date scientific findings relating nutrition and cancer. It also teaches students how to search for scientific information on their own in the future. I like the subtitle along with the videos because I am a visual learner- reading the texts helped me to understand the context.
Till now there is nothing regarding fasting and cancer . I'm curious about this topic.
Another argument that is completely lacking so far , is "autophagy" with its implication in the treatment of degenerative diseases (almost in theory).
In general the biological aspects/links are not fully elucidated.
Finally, links to sientific papers are scanty.
its a great topic and very interesting , and must all related health care providers or nutritionists know about it , and the public information is not enough aware about the details of this topic , I strongly recommend all of us know about how to be healthy in our feed and how we can support cancer patients and add value to their life .