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Education and Training for Health Professionals

  • Updated: 08/25/2011

For Health Care Providers

Training Categories

General Cancer Training

Understanding Cancer Series
Format: Online tutorials also available in PDF and PowerPoint slides with speaker's notes
Time: Self-paced
Topics Include:

  • Angiogenesis
  • Biospecimen Collection
  • Blood Stem Cell transplants
  • Cancer
  • Cancer and the Environment
  • Cancer Genomic Project
  • Cancer Genomics
  • Estrogen Receptor/SERMS
  • Gene Testing
  • Genome-Wide Profiling
  • Genetic Variation (SNPs)
  • HPV Vaccine
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Nanodevices
  • Patient's Genetic Background
  • Targeted Therapies*
  • The Immune System

*Highlighted topic: The Targeted Therapies tutorials provide an overview of an emerging approach to cancer treatment called targeted therapies. The tutorials include examples of the main types of targeted therapies and describe their mechanisms of action. They also explain how advanced research techniques, such as whole-genome profiling, contribute to the development of targeted therapies.


Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care For Oncology (EPECâ„¢-O )
Format: Web-based self-study, 3 plenary sessions and 15 content modules; CD-ROM also available
Time: Self-paced

The learning objectives of this course are to:

  • Describe the scope of knowledge, attitudes, and skills that comprise the core palliative care competencies needed through the course of comprehensive care care.
  • Incorporate the described treatment recommendations and approaches into clinical practice.

Clinical Trials

Cancer Clinical Trials Basics
Format: Web-based self study, 4 modules
Time: Self-paced

The learning objectives of this course are to:

  • Describe how cancer clinical trials advance cancer care
  • Describe the basics of clinical trials
  • Describe how clinical trials are sponsored
  • Describe six programs supported by NCI that conduct cancer clinical trials
  • Learn how to locate clinical trials appropriate to the patient population
  • Learn what a clinician's role is in clinical trials

Including Clinical Trials In Your Practice
Format:Web-based self-study, 8 modules
Time: About 2 hours and 15 minutes

This Web-based course covers these topics:

  • Evaluating the option of becoming a clinical trials investigator
  • Registering and credentialing
  • Strategies for establishing and training the research team
  • Locating sources of funding and identifying an IRB
  • Patient recruitment, enrollment and eligibility verification
  • Record keeping and reporting requirements
  • Quality assurance procedures
  • Working with referring clinicians

Improving Accrual to Clinical Trials (AccrualNet)
Format: Web-based tool
Time: Personal choice

AccrualNet is a professional community of practice for clinical trial accrual. It provides support at every stage of a clinical trial, including:

  • Planning a clinical trial
  • Recruiting and retaining participants
  • Closing a clinical trial
  • Analyzing the data from a clinical trial

Translational Research

Translational Research in Clinical Oncology (TRACO) Course
Format: Videocast
Time: Self-paced

The Translational Research in Oncology Course (TRACO) is designed to provide an overview of the following:

  • Cancer biology
  • Cancer treatment
  • Epidemiology of cancer
  • Mechanisms of resistance
  • Cancer metastasis
  • Use of preclinical models
  • Identification of novel molecular targets