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Posted 14 Jul 2014 at 20:21

For those of you interested in learning a bit more about cancer, the excellent "Inside Cancer" course by Future Learn is being repeated on the 1st of September 2014. The course is free - just register at

 

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/inside-cancer-2014-q3

 

 

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Nil desperandum

Allister

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Posted 15 Jul 2014 at 08:42

Thanks Allister, 

I'm signed up and ready to go...!

 

Kevin

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Posted 15 Jul 2014 at 16:40

Thanks Allister,

 

I'm signed up too. I'll keep Kevin (our 'Chilled Gecko') company.http://community.prostatecanceruk.org/editors/tiny_mce/plugins/emoticons/img/smiley-wink.gif

 

 

 

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User
Posted 06 Aug 2014 at 00:50

Thanks Allister, 

I'm also signed up and ready to go...! 

Regards, Gerry

User
Posted 06 Aug 2014 at 09:26
Just a quick tip. If you have problems accessing the video content on the course try switching to another browser. I had problems viewing with Internet Explorer but Chrome was fine.
Nil desperandum

Allister

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Posted 06 Aug 2014 at 15:29

Thanks Allister,

that's good to know.

I'm currently reading the pre course eBook. I'm getting there but it seems to assume a certain level of cellular function knowledge.

I covered it as a precursor to kicking off my degree many years ago but not to the level in the book!

Still, I'll not let it beat me. I read a chapter a day, re-read it the next day (to make sure it has sunk in) and then on to the next chapter...

I must say it has been very interesting so far. :)

 

cheers

 

Kevin

User
Posted 04 Sep 2014 at 09:51

Put the flags out – finally found this topic – is it me or the search facility? Anyways thanks Allister for link. Don’t as yet have home broadband so unsure if mobile and downloading course material from other PC to transfer to my laptop would work OK. So far its fine as week 1 is completed. Time will tell if other weeks work out OK. I do recommend this course – if not too late give it a try.

Ray

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Posted 24 Feb 2015 at 21:40

Just a reminder that this excellent FREE 6 week online course from Bath University is being repeated on Monday 2nd March 2015. http://community.prostatecanceruk.org/editors/tiny_mce/plugins/emoticons/img/smiley-cool.gif

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/inside-cancer

Go on - you know you want to learn more http://community.prostatecanceruk.org/editors/tiny_mce/plugins/emoticons/img/smiley-cool.gif

 

PS - I'm currently doing this one http://community.prostatecanceruk.org/editors/tiny_mce/plugins/emoticons/img/smiley-cool.gif

 

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/valuing-health/

 

 

 

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Nil desperandum

Allister

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Posted 25 Feb 2015 at 09:27

Thanks Allister,

I can strongly recommend this course for anyone interested in cancer and it's sneaky ways.
It gives you a good insight into the how, what, why, when, where type of questions.
It is not PCa specific but it gives a good grounding in 'understanding thine enemy'

All the best

Kevin

User
Posted 25 Feb 2015 at 10:31

Thanks Allister

Absolutely go for it. What’s there to lose? There were some comments that the course was not as advanced as some thought. Which hopefully help makes the point its more about what Kevin points out. So you don’t need any science degrees or A levels etc just a willingness to put in a bit of effort. To me understanding more fully the enemy and (own view here) how much its more down to just bad luck in getting the particular type/version of cancer in the first place rather than lifestyle etc. I’ve no doubts they play a part, but it might help some folks to stop beating themselves up it’s entirely their own fault.

As regards course content: I don’t have home broadband so went to library each Monday, downloaded the weeks course content, not forgetting the transcripts, to memory stick then copied to laptop at home.

Good luck

Ray

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User
Posted 14 Mar 2015 at 06:04

I am too late. Think it was nice and helpful information at this course. Maybe somebody have some video?

User
Posted 29 Mar 2021 at 14:45
I am a newbie looking for the logic behind what is happening to us. Futurelearn has lots of cancer courses now, but the focus is professional.

Any recent user reports?

User
Posted 29 Mar 2021 at 15:13

Yes, one of my friends is a radiotherapist. She sent me a link to a futurelearn course and I found it quite useful. My background is physics as I believe is yours, so an understanding of science is no problem. The course I did was free, I think you could pay an extra £100 and then you got a certificate to prove learning to your professional body but that is irrelevant to amateur oncologists like us. I can't remember the exact course I did it was something like Introduction to Cancer it explained a bit about DNA and gene mutations. I sought of new the basics but it was nice being able to put it in a formal framework.

(EDIT: just looked back at Althays link that is indeed the course I viewed. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/inside-cancer )

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Dave

User
Posted 29 Mar 2021 at 18:57
Thanks, Dave.
User
Posted 14 Apr 2021 at 14:37
Since my last query about self-education I took a look at the online course Dave mentioned. I decided I am currently too distracted to knuckle down to a brisk, structured learning experience. That may be the Enzalutimide coming on stream, and I hope to pull myself together mentally with time. But in the meantime, I find reading a book in my own time easier to handle.

I found a reading list compiled by the Director of Studies (Medical) at Kings College Cambridge. This listed several substantial and costly books to be read by first year students before they start the medical course. No slacking there, either, but at least I can take my time to get through it.

I found free pdf versions for two of them. One was a rather dramatic history of "Cancer - the Emperor of maladies". The other was "Essentials of Cell Biology" by Alberts et al. which I am enjoying enormously. The tone is light, there are lots of coloured illustrations and, as my first degree was in Chemistry, I am able to skate over the sugar, protein and fatty acid fundamentals in the early chapters. Admittedly, cancer is not mentioned until page 717, but I am enjoying the process of getting there - in print, if not in prostate.

But every time I log out, the display goes back to page 1. So, not a true download, more a tethered copy - like the bibles that were chained to the pulpit in the early church.. . . and at £104 a copy it is worth chaining. However, my wife has found a used paperback edition (usually £54) for £6.85.

Look for more informed remarks from the rubbish dump mattress in the future.

User
Posted 14 Apr 2021 at 16:23

Occasionally, I do a lecture How Hormone Therapy Drugs Work, which is about how the different hormone therapy drugs work in your body. Prostate Cancer UK recorded me doing it as a Webinar on one occasion, which is available here. (It was the first time I'd done a Webinar where I can't interact with the audience, and it shows!)

I also run a session Surviving Hormone Therapy, which is more patient oriented about how to look after yourself while on hormone therapy. (This isn't recorded, because it's interactive with the audience.)

Many of the local support groups have speakers doing talks (such as myself). Prostate Cancer UK, and Prostate Cancer Research often run webinars for patients, presented by a clinician or researcher. At the moment, all such events are on Zoom.

These are clearly all more bite-sized topics some of the more detailed courses mentioned above.

 
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