wsbim2144  2020-2021  Bruxelles Woluwe

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
3 credits
30.0 h
Baurain Jean-François; Coulie Pierre (coordinator); Duprez Thierry; Gallez Bernard; Havelange Violaine; Marbaix Etienne;
Main themes
Description of the hallmarks of cancer and of the main tools used for its diagnosis and treatment. A few fields will be covered in more detail: the genetic causes of some blood cancers, the pathological examination of tissue samples to faithfully detect a tumor, the imaging technologies and their remarkable progresses over the recent years, radiotherapy and its interaction with modern imaging technologies, the so-called targeted therapies which deal with signal transduction pathways involved in cell proliferation, and immunotherapy.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 Understand the main concepts behind the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. On the basis of the hallmarks of cancer, understand which of them can lead to diagnostic tools for many or some cancer types, and which of them can be specifically targeted by chemical or physical agents in order to treat and possibly cure patients.
Lessons alternate between basic and clinical sciences in order to link as much as possible the progresses of fundamental sciences and their practical consequences for cancer patients. The clinical concepts of oncology will be simplified in order for all the presented materials to be understandable for students in biomedical sciences.
Covered topics: Pathological diagnosis of cancer, Principles and applications of anatomical and functional imaging techniques for the diagnosis and assessment of cancer, Genetics and cancer, Anticancer chemotherapy, Radiotherapy, Cancer immunotherapy.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Written exam, mostly open questions.
Online resources
Slides available on Moodle.
Teaching materials
  • Documents projetés pendant les cours, disponibles sur Moodle.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Biomedicine

Master [60] in Biomedicine