Women's cancers
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleMED-BMS71
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Medical Sciences; Biomedische wetenschappen;
dr. A.M. van Altena
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. M.J.M. Broeders
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. M.J.M. Broeders
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. M.J.M. Broeders
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2018
7  (04/03/2019 to 25/08/2019)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksPeriod 7a, Monday and Tuesday
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registration openfrom 01/08/2018 up to and including 04/02/2019
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, students are able to
  1. define the basic principles of screening, diagnosing and treating women’s cancers
  2. explain  the  carcinogenesis  and  tumor  development  of  gynecological  cancer  and  breast cancer
  3. apply their existing knowledge on performing research to a real clinical situation
  4. identify a relevant clinical issue, analyze the situation and define the exact research question
  5. design a relevant, appropriate and feasible research proposal on a clinical problem that they encountered during their clinical placement
  6. evaluate the research proposals written by their fellow students
The module 

This course focuses on providing the students with a clinical view on women’s cancers, i.e. gynecological cancer and breast cancer. It will also challenge the students to formulate existing clinical questions in a research project. By doing so we aim to show the relevance of collaborating with people in the medical field, gathering the necessary information, clarifying the problem and developing an appropriate research proposal. Within the theme Women’s cancers a large number of departments are involved varying from the more obvious departments like Gynecology and Surgery to the less obvious ones like Psychology, Radiology etc. Within this network of clinicians and researchers working on the same subject there is substantial experience both clinically as well as scientifically.
We will provide the option for students to see with their own eyes what it means to be diagnosed with cancer, to undergo treatment and be the topic of discussions in the tumorboard. Students will be able to attend the meetings before and after the outpatient clinic, they will be able to see surgeries being performed by the gyne-oncologist or see the setting of adjuvant therapies like chemotherapy and radiation. They will also attend the multi disciplinary meetings to experience the process of decision-making based on results from for example pathology or radiology.
Furthermore we would like the students to understand the process of early detection of cancer or precancerous disease. Within the theme Women’s cancers the students have the option of learning about breast cancer screening or cervical cancer screening. Breast cancer screening has long been part of the research interests of the Radboudumc. In 2016 it was decided that the Radboudumc would be one of the five national laboratories for cervical cancer screening. Several departments within the Women’s cancers theme are involved in the national screening programs and will participate in clarifying the conditions of such a screening program. Students will get an overview of the different aspects of a national screening program; i.e. the decision for a screening program, implementation and finally the achievement of such a large project.
By offering the possibility to get a thorough clinical impression we hope to stimulate them to come up with questions related to cancer screening, diagnosis or treatment. The students will be encouraged to develop appropriate research proposals. This will prepare them for future scientific tasks in a clinical setting like a hospital.

Instructional modes
Working group

Period 7a, Monday and Tuesday

Test weight60
Test typeReport
OpportunitiesBlock 7, Block 7

Group presentation
Test weight40
Test typePresentation
OpportunitiesBlock 7, Block 7