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Wageningen University

Nutrition and Cancer

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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.


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


4.4 rating, based on 322 Class Central reviews

4.3 rating at edX based on 9 ratings

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  • A very nice class. Well organized and taught by researchers from a great institute. Still, I think, the name is misleading. There is not much direct information about nutrition and cancer, as the title suggests! There is a lot of information…
  • A highly insightful course for anyone to pursue. This great course introduces most aspects from prevention to survival, and even on press reporting. Of great help for anyone to access information and research interests would be the topics on typ…
  • 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.
  • Not as extensive or carefully edited as the Cardiometabolic Disease class but still solid and full of compelling information.
  • I have benefited a lot from this course, and I hope to complete all the courses of your distinguished university.
    Many thanks to all the course workers and the university in general.
  • Anonymous
    I am located in the United States am currently enrolled in the Nutrition and Cancer course. I was particularly excited to enroll in this course so as to get an European view of Nutrition and Cancer. The course overall has been very informative and p…
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    Taha Benfdil
    The five modules offered so far have been exceptionally informative and pedagogically effective, surpassing my initial expectations. The presentation of information makes the complex subject of nutrition and oncology accessible to individuals with a…
  • 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 expl…
  • DUVERT Guerdie
    Oh, it's wonderful to know that there are still people in the world who are both researchers and professors, they are providing a lot of energy to help the general public do cancer prevention through nutrition and fashion. of life. Our encouragement goes to all who want and can learn to embark on this great fight against cancer by studying the knowledge of these seasoned teachers by enrolling in the Nutrition and Cancer course or by continuing unabated. learning the MOOC. I find the Nutrition and Cancer course rewarding, requires good concentration and time planning. It should be noted that we will never regret having taken such a course with interest.

    Thank you.
  • Anonymous
    I recently completed the Nutrition and Cancer course and found it to be extremely helpful. The course covered a wide range of topics related to nutrition and its impact on cancer prevention and treatment. The instructors were knowledgeable and provided valuable insights into the latest research in this field. The course also included practical tips on how to incorporate healthy eating habits into daily life. Overall, I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in learning more about the role of nutrition in cancer prevention and treatment. It was a great learning experience and I feel more empowered to make informed choices about my own health.
  • Anonymous
    Very interesting course, mostly well presented and some motivating practical tasks.
    Although I was superficially familiar with many of the questions, I was able to deepen them in the course in such a way that I now have a kind of semi-professional overview understanding of the topic.
    I would wish for more "hard" content, more obligatory reading and analysis of relevant studies or current research.
    The course is worthwhile for anyone who, like me, only has everyday knowledge on the subject. The course then imparts a kind of overview knowledge.
    A little more depth would be desirable.

  • In Africa, particularly where I live (Nigeria), where we have few facilities for identification and treatment, cancer is more akin to a death sentence. My understanding of cancer management has expanded as a result of studying how lifestyle choices can influence cancer development. I'm grateful to all the instructors, presenters, visitors, and WCRF for the updates and education. My interest in cancer management has been piqued by this course, and I look forward to giving my fair share of communication and research.
  • Anonymous
    This has been a great course to help me familiarize myself with the challenges of nutrition and cancer. For me, it's been at the right level of difficulty given the time I have, but it could have been a little more detailed on the biology of what is going on behind the scenes. However, the course has inspired me to research on my own and read scholarly articles on topics that most interest me, which has been great, and something I would not have made time for without this class! Thank you!
  • 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…
  • Karen Amedu
    it was good the things i learnt werent much but most of the stuff were interesting to learn , i learnt some things about cancer whch was iinteresting.
  • Anonymous
    The Nutrition and Cancer course was incredibly informative. It covered the complex relationship between nutrition and cancer in a structured and evidence-based manner. The instructors were engaging, and the practical applications were valuable. This course provides essential knowledge for anyone interested in cancer prevention and management through dietary choices. Highly recommended!
  • Anonymous
    I love this course because it provides the real story happens on the front line of cancer treatment regarding nutritional support. I know now how much has been achieved and how much more we still need to keep up with in order to help more cancer patients in this world. I found the interview with the frontline doctors/nutritional specialist especially meaningful.
  • Xajik Mixalkov
    The course is too general and abstract. There are no specific practical recommendations, and those recommendations that are already given are too well known and do not go deep into a practical concrete plane.
    There is a lack of a concrete-practical and motivational module that could bring some balance and liveliness into too scientifically abstract lectures.
  • Anonymous
    This course has helped me to understand the general concept of cancer and also how cancer can be researched in types of studies suitable to the issue at stake.
    It has also "motivated" me to work and study further not only on this platform but have tried to research more on other places to respond to the type of questions this platform has.

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