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Cancer & Cancer Research Basics

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Patients, families, and caregivers partnering with researchers from 
The University of Kansas Cancer Center 
to re‐define cancer research.

The Cancer Information & Support Network (CISN) provides web-based training for patients, advocates, and medical professionals who want to better understand cancer research. 

  • Cancer 101: What is cancer?
  • What do we know about cancer?
  • How is cancer studied?
  • How are drugs developed?
  • New horizons in cancer treatments
  • What is personalized medicine?

Introduction to Cancer Biology video (12 minutes)
An animated video teaching the basics of how cancer forms and spreads.

Clinical Trials: What Are Clinical Trials? video (10 minutes)

Introduction to Cancer Research

  • Understanding the publication and format of cancer research studies
  • Understanding cancer research study design and how to evaluate results
  • Drug discovery and development
  • Drug approval and labeling
  • Evaluating cancer information on the internet
  • The patient advocate's role in cancer research

Introduction to Clinical Trials

  • What are clinical trials and why we have them
  • Phases of clinical trials
  • Placebo in cancer clinical trials
  • Finding a clinical trial
  • Patient safety in clinical trials
  • Health insurance coverage of clinical trials
  • Questions to ask about clinical trials 
  • What is the TAPUR study?

Want to Learn More About Cancer Research?
Click here for more resources on understanding and interpreting the science behind cancer research.


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