Tumors of the digestive tract
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleMED-BMS69
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Medical Sciences; Biomedische wetenschappen;
dr. F. Doubrava-Simmer
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. I.D. Nagtegaal
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. I.D. Nagtegaal
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. I.D. Nagtegaal
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2018
6  (04/02/2019 to 25/08/2019)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksPeriod 6a, Monday and Tuesday
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registration openfrom 01/08/2018 up to and including 07/01/2019
Waiting listYes
Placement procedureDone manually by Back Office
ExplanationDone manually by Back Office
The main objectives of this module are:
After completion of the course:
  1. Students can explain the diversity of cancer management (regarding prevention, prediction, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up) for patients with tumors of the digestive tract.
  2. Students can design an appropriate diagnostic work-up for patients with suspected tumors of the digestive tract, including colorectal cancer, esophageal cancer and pancreatic cancer
  3. Students can detail the role of the immune system in the development of cancer, and the prognostic and predictive impact of tumor-infiltrating immune cells.
  4. Students can  define the role of the microbiome in cancer development and explain  its potential for personalized healthcare.
  5. Students can define the importance of diet in cancer development and treatment, and are able to discuss the different aspects of this topic.
  6. Students can analyze existing treatment modalities and identify opportunities for improvement and/or areas that still require translational research.
  7. Students have improved their scientific writing skills, with a focus on concise text and appealing tone.
The module 

The Radboudumc research theme “Tumors of the digestive tract” focuses on increasing fundamental knowledge on colorectal, pancreatic and esophageal cancer, the development of diagnostic tools, and innovations in surgical techniques and therapies. This course focuses on three fascinating and promising topics of our theme: exploring heterogeneity in pancreatic cancer; the relation between gut microbiome and cancer (colorectal and stomach); diet and cancer. For each topic we will begin with a general background, and subsequently explore potential strategies or concepts that may ultimately be applied to optimize treatment efficacy. After this introduction, students will work in groups to tackle a related research question or clinical aspect, and write a short article. At the end of the course a magazine will be composed of all articles. In the last week we will use this magazine to discuss, summarize and integrate all aspects.

Instructional modes
Working group

Period 6a, Monday and Tuesday

Written exam; open questions
Test weight30
Test typeWritten exam
OpportunitiesBlock 6, Block 6

Report 1
Test weight15
Test typeReport
OpportunitiesBlock 6, Block 6

Report 2
Test weight15
Test typeReport
OpportunitiesBlock 6, Block 6

Report 3
Test weight15
Test typeReport
OpportunitiesBlock 6, Block 6

Test weight25
Test typeParticipation
OpportunitiesBlock 6