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University of Leeds

Exploring Cancer Medicines

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This course will introduce you to the topic of cancer chemotherapy, and how the development of effective medications for the treatment of cancer remains a significant challenge to scientists.

You will research the use and development of cancer medicines, focusing on chemotherapy. In addition, through an exploration of how science is communicated to the general public, you will also look at the skills you need to become an effective science writer.

This course is part of the Going to University collection which has been specifically designed for students at schools and colleges. They provide a taster of undergraduate study at the University of Leeds and help students to decide which subject to study at university.


  • The development of cancer medicines
    • Welcome
    • What is cancer chemotherapy?
    • The historical perspective
    • What's in the news?
    • Summary
  • The future of cancer medicines
    • About Week 2
    • What's happening now?
    • Future directions
    • Keeping up to date
    • Summary

Taught by

Richard Foster and Paul Taylor


4.7 rating, based on 22 Class Central reviews

4.3 rating at FutureLearn based on 90 ratings

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  • Another great introductory class from the University of Leeds. This is targeted toward students wanting to learn medicinal chemistry and study the development of new drugs and targeted therapies for cancer. It is still a great introduction for…
  • Anonymous
    This course was definitely very engaging and loaded with information. I really enjoyed how some information was given through videos and text and then we would expand on that and even do our own research, independently. These tasks took me slightly longer than stated but this is mostly due to the lengths I would write for each task. Understanding the tasks was very easy although it was sometimes slightly unclear on what things are relevant to add
    and how much depth the course is asking for. However, overall it was a relevant and new topic for me to explore.
  • Anonymous
    It was great to dive deeper into the researching treatments for cancer, including its history and promising future for advances in chemotherapy and immunotherapy.
  • Anonymous
    I thought the course was absolutely amazing! Although it entails a lot of advanced information, I found it really interesting to learn about how cancer medication had evolved overtime and I will definitely be delving deeper into the research behind it. Thank you University of Leeds!
  • Anonymous
    It is a great course!! It is easy to follow the contents and the information is very useful.
    The structure of the course is very helpful and motivate you to study.
    Activities are interesting because you have to search information in other pages or do small investigations.
    It can help you to take important decisions like the studies at the university.
    It is a great opportunity to discover what interests you have and what do you want to do in the future.
    I hope people continue following these courses in order to learn about different topics. There is a variety of contents that are very useful.
  • Anonymous
    I am a community health nurse working in a cancer screening program. I know nothing about the cancer drugs that are used for treatment. This course was excellent for providing basics and for pointing me in the right direction and motivating me to learn more.
  • Christina Round
    As a cancer patient about to start chemotherapy and targeted therapies I wanted to understand more about the treatments I am about to start. I found it very interesting and pitched about right for what I need to know.
  • Anonymous
    As a student of class 11 ...i got to know much more about it...and i learned many new things here.........i m very glad that i am a part of it and......really recommend if antyone wants to gain extra knowledge about any thing then this is a best platform for that...............thanks for this amazing experience and keep going
  • Anonymous
    As a Ph.D research scholar in oncology, it was great to explore cancer medicine course , it has given me a better platform to start my research.
    I hope I will receive my certificate of achievement for complete the second week and looking forward to continue to study other courses at the futurelearn
  • Ilekhuoba Osazee Osgood
    This is a great course to take, the lectures are well presented and easy to understand. I have learned so much on the different types of cancer medicine, the personalised cancer treatment, the immunotherapy, the epigenetics, and many more
  • Anonymous
    I thourghly enjoyed this quick,fun and enjoyable course. The videos are very engaging and are explained well by the teacher. It is nice and short but does give you a helpful taster into cancer treatment.
  • Anonymous
    A good all round overview of cancer and cancer medicines. As an older person, not looking to return to University, I found the course easy to follow, with plenty of additional references, both from the educators and from other students. I would recommend this course, along with the other on-line courses in the series, to anyone hoping to study chemistry, medicine or medicinal chemistry.
  • Anonymous
    It is quite helpful. It's an eye opener to a lot of cancer types, researches and tremendous progress for the possible cure for cancer. It also gives a sigh of relief to those people suffering from cancer and hope of a possible cure for their type of cancer.
  • Anonymous
    Very interesting and well organized, using videos and readings as well as short quizzes and exercises. I only wish it could have been longer and talked more about the various treatments that are in use now, as well as those coming up in the future.
  • Anonymous
    The course makes suitable sense, engaging, informative and compelling. For having concerns in exploring cancers medicine, it's very okay for others like me to take their own benefits as well from this particular course.
  • Anonymous
    This is a very informative course with easy to follow information. It is a good mix of discussion, further research, and them providing the information. Would recommend.
  • Anonymous
    I have found the course very informative. It has given me ideas of possible next steps I could take with my career
  • Anonymous
    The course was fun and I think this course accomplish its goal. Students want to learn more about cancer chemotherapy.
  • Anonymous
    A great course with many open-ended questions for discussion. Certainly makes me curious about cancer medicine.
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