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Introduction to Cancer Biology and Personalised Cancer Treatments

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Education Centre (Dept 17)

The Christie

Wilmslow Road


M20 4BX

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Facilitator: Dr Elaine Vickers

Dr Elaine Vickers, Science Communicated Ltd’s Founder and Principal Trainer, has a Degree in Medical Science, a PhD in Molecular Biology and over ten years experience in communicating science to a wide range of audiences.

She has worked as a science communicator for three of the UK’s leading medical research charities, including four years in the Science Information team at Cancer Research UK.When training, Elaine’s energetic and approachable style ensures that delegates not only gain new knowledge and insight, but also have a hunger to learn more.

Course description:

This two day intermediate-level course gives research nurses and trials staff the knowledge and confidence to discuss many new cancer treatments with their patients and colleagues. (Some of the many drugs explained include: cetuximab/Erbitux, trastuzumab/Herceptin, bevacizumab/Avastin, vemurafenib/Zelboraf, erlotinib/Tarceva, nivolumab/Opdivo, ipilimumab/Yervoy).

During the course, Elaine will explain many of the concepts behind the personalisation of cancer care such as: the range of different mutations in cancer cells, the difference between passenger and driver mutations, the appearance of drug resistance and the potential advantages of immunotherapy for cancers without targetable mutations.

The course focuses on solid tumours. However, the emphasis on de-mystifying and explaining the science behind cancer treatments will benefit anyone working with cancer patients or cancer clinical trials.

Throughout the two days, delegates are given the opportunity to digest and practise their new knowledge through a variety of practical exercises, question sheets and quizzes

Topics include:

  • Introduction to cancer cell biology and genetics

  • The defining characteristics of cancer cells

  • Explanations of monoclonal antibodies and kinase inhibitors

  • Concepts relating to drug resistance e.g. the cancer microenvironment, genomic instability, intra-tumoural heterogeneity

  • A step-by-step guide to cell communication and the drugs that target it

  • Novel targets and treatments e.g. hedgehog inhibitors and immunotherapy

  • The growing use of umbrella/basket trials to improve cancer treatment and the importance of cancer samples and biomarkers

Learning outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of cancer at a cellular and genetic level

  • Appreciate how this knowledge is expanding and its potential to benefit people with cancer

  • Learn how many types of targeted cancer treatments work

  • Become familiar with scientific jargon surrounding targeted cancer treatments and clinical trials

  • Understand treatment resistance and why many drugs fail to benefit people with cancer

  • Appreciate the potential benefits of a personalised approach to cancer treatment, but also its implications and drawbacks

Target Audience:

Research nurses, clinical nurse specialists,chemotherapy/out-patient cancer nurses, pharmacists, clinical trials coordinators and other trials staff. No scientific or medical background is required. Pre-course reading will be sent out to familiarise participants with some of the scientific concepts covered during the day.


£200 (NHS Staff)

£350 (Non-NHS Staff)


Car parking is very limited at the hospital so please make alternative arrangements where possible. We do have a park and ride service from Christie Fields, M21 7QS that you are able to use.

Booking Terms & Conditions:

1. Your place will only be confirmed once The Christie receives payment or the production of an official purchase order to confirm that your trust are willing to pay your delegate fees

2. Once your place is confirmed, you will be sent a confirmation email informing you of your place. Bearing this in mind, please write legibly on your booking form and ensure that your email address is correct

3. Joining instructions, including directions to the venue, will be posted to you two to four weeks before the course commences. This will contain details of how to get to The Christie and an up to date agenda.

4. If you are applying for an early bird discount, please make sure that your payment arrives before 1500 on the day the offer ends to ensure that you are charged correctly

5. Payment should be made before the course commences. If this does not occur, we reserve the right to cancel a booking in the case of non-receipt of payment prior to the day of course

6. If another member of your organisation is processing your application, please ensure that your booking form (or a copy of it) is sent to the event production team in order to provisionally book a place

7. In the event of a cancellation, you or your employer will be charged the full fee if you do not inform the course organisers at least 5 working days before the event

8. There will be an administrative charge of £30 for all cancellations unless a replacement delegate is identified

9. It is the responsibility of the representative booking the training course(s) to ensure that the event organisers are informed of any special dietary or access requirements

10. A list of nearby accommodation can be found via the following link http://bit.ly/2hOQL4r

11. Speaker presentations will not be distributed on the day but delegates will be given a handbook containing information covered in the presentations. With this in mind, you are recommended to bring your own writing materials in order to take notes.

Further information

For further information, please contact the events team by emailing education.events@christie.nhs.uk or calling 0161 918 7409

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