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Introduction to Cancer Biology

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Introduction to Cancer Biology is a short primer on how cancers develop and grow.
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Introduction to Cancer Biology is a short primer on how cancers develop and grow. The aim of this book is to provide a gentle exploration of the fundamental concepts in a easy-to-understand format, using examples and key figures for illustration. It is written in a style to help the reader understand the six basic principles that inform our current understanding of cancer, at the molecular, cellular and physiological level. The text can be used either as a first step towards a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of cancer progression or it can be used as a quick revision guide. It would be suitable for anyone, with or without a background in biology.

This e-book is also the recommended textbook for the free online course 'Inside Cancer'.

  1. How cancer arises
    1. Defining cancer
    2. Cancer is clonal in origin
    3. Insights into cancer
    4. Causes of cancer (aetiology of cancer)
    5. Identification and histopathology of cancers
    6. The 6 hallmarks of cancer
  2. Immortality: Continuous cell division
  3. Sustained growth signals (oncogenes)
  4. Bypass anti-growth signals (Tumour Suppressor Genes)
  5. Avoidance of cell death (apoptosis)
    1. When does apoptosis occur?
    2. What triggers apoptosis?
    3. How does apoptosis occur?
  6. Ensuring blood vessel growth (angiogenesis)
  7. Spread to other sites (metastasis)
    1. What are the stages of metastasis?
    2. Key molecules involved in metastasis
  8. Summary and some thoughts for the future
Clear and concise in its form. Highly recommended for nurses like me and other medical-related courses, and to those who want to enhance their knowledge about the illness.
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