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Education and Training for Health Professionals

This is a collection of cancer education and training tools from NCI and NIH for health care providers, public health program planners, and cancer registrars. Courses are available in a variety of formats.

Note: For information about cancer research fellowships and funding for scientific training, see NCI's Center for Cancer Training.

For Health Care Providers

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


For Public Health Program Planners

State Cancer Profiles: Tutorials
Format: Online tutorial instructions are displayed in a separate window and sized to allow users to view them while completing the tutorials
Time: Self-paced

Step-by-step tutorials explain how to use the various tables and graphs available on the State Cancer Profiles website. These are located in the "Help and About" section of the State Profiles home page.

National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) Tutorials
Format: Online tutorial
Time: Self-paced

National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) data provide an opportunity to study nutrition, physical activity, and chronic health conditions in the United States. These web-based tutorials are meant to promote broader, more proficient use of NHANES data.

Modeling the Impact of Cancer Control Efforts on U.S. Colorectal Cancer Mortality Introductory Tutorial
Format: Online tutorial
Time: Self-paced

The colorectal cancer mortality projections tutorial shows results of simulation modeling-computer simulations of colorectal diseases progression in a population with the characteristics of the US population. This information can be used to:

  • See how policy options to increase cancer prevention, screening, and access to state-of-the-science treatment can affect future mortality trends.
  • Help determine cancer control program priority areas for new intervention investments.
  • Identify research questions and opportunities.


For Cancer Registrars

SEER Training Modules
Format: Online self-study
Time: Self-paced

The Cancer Registration & Surveillance Modules include information about:

  • Registries and their operations
  • Basic anatomy and medical terminology
  • Cancer tests and treatments
  • Coding and staging standards for cancer registration
  • Case finding and follow-up

The Site-Specific Modules cover cancers of individual systems and organs in the human body. Each module covers basic information about cancer including:

  • Statistics
  • Risk Factors
  • Anatomy
  • Staging
  • Treatment