The Pathophysiology of Cancer
This seminar provides and update and overview on the pathophysiology of cancer–how it starts, how it spreads, the role of oncogenes, the role of the environment (viruses , hormones, chemicals, etc.) as well as many other facts and tidbits about the growth and differentiation of cells. The terms hyperplasia, metaplasia, and dysplasia will also be explained. Tumor markers and their use for diagnostic purposes will also be included. Specific cancers to be discussed include breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, hematologic malignancies, brain tumors and GI cancers.