HNH-37806 Nutrition and Cancer

Code last year: (HNE-37806)


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work8
Excursion (one day)3
Course coordinator(s)dr. DEG Kok
dr. FJB van Duijnhoven
Lecturer(s)dr. K van Norren
prof. dr. RF Witkamp
dr. DEG Kok
dr. FJB van Duijnhoven
prof. dr. ir. E Kampman
Examiner(s)dr. FJB van Duijnhoven

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Continuation courses:

Thesis in this field.


This course will give an introduction to the field of cancer and will discuss the newest insights on the role of nutrition, lifestyle and body composition in the prevention and progression of cancer. Lectures will be provided by teachers involved in different disciplines of cancer research, i.e. on the level of the population, individual and cell. The course will be divided in three parts: 1) Cancer Etiology; 2) Cancer Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment; 3) Cancer Survival.

Please note that this course does not give an in-depth overview of one particular aspect, but covers a wide variety of topics related to cancer from a clinical, biological and nutritional perspective, which will be discussed by different experts in these respective fields.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of the course students are expected to be able to:
Part 1: Cancer Etiology
- understand the biological processes underlying the development and progression of cancer;
- know the major diet-related risk factors for cancer and the guidelines for primary cancer prevention;
Part 2: Cancer Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment
- understand the basics of cancer screening;
- have insight in the major diagnostic techniques & treatment modalities used to diagnose and treat cancer.
Part 3: Cancer Survival
- know the major guidelines for tertiary cancer prevention;
- understand the role of diet, lifestyle and body composition in the progression of cancer, and in cancer survival.
In addition, students are expected to be able to:
- form an opinion on a specific topic of nutrition and cancer based on studies on the level of the population, individual and cell;
- come to a consensus opinion through dialogue with multi-disciplinary scientists;
- prepare a report, a press-release, a poster and a pitch to present the consensus opinion to different stakeholders.


- lectures (including guest lectures);
- excursion (i.e. visit to oncology centre);
- group work to come to a consensus opinion;
- self study of literature, guidelines and other materials.


- group work

- final written exam


To be announced in Learning environment@WUR.

Restricted Optional for: MNHNutrition and HealthMScF: Food Digestion and Health1MO
MNHNutrition and HealthMScB: Nutritional Physiology and Health Status1MO
MNHNutrition and HealthMScA: Nutritional and Public Health Epidemiology1MO
MNHNutrition and HealthMScC: Molecular Nutrition and Toxicology1MO
MNHNutrition and HealthMScD: Sensory Science1MO
Restricted Optional for: WUHAHBSc Minor Healthy Aging in Humans and Model Species1MO